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How to Find a Command in Solid Edge with Command Finder


Solid Edge provides many tools to help users. In this post, Amol Kate @AmolK will share information about one such tool available in Solid Edge that helps new users (whether they are new to CAD entirely or just new to the Solid Edge interface) locate the command they are looking for. This tool is the Command Finder.


Solid Edge is rich in functionality and contains many tabs with many more commands on each tab. It should come as no surprise that it would be a challenge, if not near impossible, to remember all command names and their locations on the command ribbon!


Sometimes accessing the commands requires the user to remember the location, however. The user can visit the help documentation to learn about the command. While this will work, this requires the user to search in help, return to Solid Edge and recall what the documentation says.


This is difficult and can be time-consuming for the user. Sometimes the command may not be available in said location as the user may be trying it from a different environment than that listed in the help documentation.


Luckily, Solid Edge has made this all very easy. Simply go to Solid Edge. If you loosely remember the name of the command, that’s good enough. You will find a tool in the status bar: the Command Finder. You can find any command with its name or using a keyword.


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Command Finder not only searches the command, it additionally helps you locate and invoke the command. Allow me to explain with an example.


We have opened an assembly, and we want to check its properties. We may not know where the Properties command is located though.


You can go to Command Finder, type “properties” and hit enter or click on the button next to the text entry box.


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Once you invoke the search command, it goes into the Solid Edge database, searches with the keyword and shows a Command Finder dialog listing all commands matching the search criteria.


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You can hover on the command icon and it will show you the place where the command is located.

It will select the command and animate the icon so that it would be easy for the user to pick the command.


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You can also access help from the Command Finder dialog. It will open the relevant help topic.

Command finder also shows the command enabled or disabled based on the context.


This is a great tool for the user to know! It helps anyone who is new to the Solid Edge interface or to CAD in general be able to quickly and easily find the command they are looking for and learn more about how to use it.  

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This article appears to be written by a novice who has obviously not used the command finder to the fullest extent.

The real power of the command finder lies with the help it provides to users migrating from other CAD programs or those who are learning Solid Edge as their first CAD software.


Searching for 'remove' in the Part environment lists all material removal commands like Swept Cutout, Hole, Normal Cutout, Helical Cutout, etc.


An AutoCAD user may search for snap or object snap a term from AutoCAD and the command finder smartly lists the equivalent "Intellisense" command of Solid Edge.


A ProE user may use the term Shell or a new user may simply think about hollowing out a solid, so searching for the ProE command "shell" or simply the word "hollow" correctly finds the Thin Wall command of Solid Edge.


Sadly the above knowledge article does not do justice to the Command Finder in Solid Edge nor the intention of sharing knowledge is fulfilled.


Thank you for the feedback, @Tushar, your comment is quite helpful. As you point out, one of the most beneficial uses of command finder which we missed is for users who are newly migrated to Solid Edge from another CAD system.