When modeling in SOLIDWORKS, all designers rack up quite a bit of mileage when using their cursors. As an example, when accepting or editing a sketch we need to make a stop on the confirmation corner to exit a sketch. Starting in SOLIDWORKS 2016 and using default shortcut settings, you can use the ‘D’ key on your keyboard as a shortcut to hopefully minimize some of your cursor movement and bring some portions of the SOLIDWORKS interface to you.
1. The first behavior will move the Confirmation Corner to the location of your mouse pointer. When editing a sketch or editing a feature, you can now press the ‘D’ key and the two options normally available on the Confirmation Corner will show up next you your mouse pointer location.
2. The second behavior will move Selection Breadcrumbs to the mouse pointer location. Selection Breadcrumbs is also a new feature in 2016 and it is a context based menu that depending on the selected entity will display features, sketches and other elements. This will allow you to quickly edit and modify your model through the top level of your assembly or your part model. When selecting an entity, this will trigger the display of the Selection Breadcrumbs menu, selecting the ‘D’ shortcut key will move the Breadcrumbs menu directly to the position of the mouse cursor.
Minimizing mouse cursor movement will help delay, wrist fatigue with long stints of modeling and help streamline your design techniques using SOLIDWORKS overall.