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Solidworks 2009 Enhancements-Dockable/Undockable command manager and Property Manager
Friday, August 29, 2008
Dockable/Undockable Command manager

Because of the user interface changes in SolidWorks 2008 the Command Manager became fixed at the top of the screen.In previous versions of solidworks the Command Manager was able to be moved to any position on the screen like all the other toolbars.This has been fixed in SolidWorks 2009.As we can see in the picture below, when you drag the Command Manager like we would like for positioning any of the toolbars we will notice that three boxes with arrows appear on the screen. These arrows indicate the spots where you can drop the CommandManager in SolidWorks 2009. You can also leave it anywhere in the work window. When you leave the Command Manager anywhere but docked on the top, left or right we will notice a box in the upper right hand corner of CommandManager. This is the Auto Collapse button, when you click it the red arrows will appear inside it and when you click anywhere outside of the Command Manager the box will collapse to free up more work area in your window.



Dockable/Undockable Property Manager

In the previous Version of Solidworks PropertyManager has always been stuck inside the FeatureManager right between the design tree tab and the ConfigurationManager tab. This is the first release that allows us to move the PropertyManager.In this release we can move it anywhere on the screen and it also allows us to autocollapse it in the same way that I explained we could for the CommandManager. We can place it anywhere in the graphics Area but there are certain areas on the screen where it will snap in place. The first position is right along side the FeatureManager tree and the others are in any of the other 4 corners of the screen.

In both of these enhancements wou can move both of them onto a second screen if we are using a dual monitor setup.
If you want to try out these new SolidWorks 2009 features for yourself download SolidWorks 2009 Pre Release 1 which is available in the Downloads and Updates section of the SolidWorks Customer Portal.

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