Solid Edge

Customize the Solid Edge Ribbon and UI

7 May, 2011 By: Russell Brook

On the Edge Solid Edge Tutorial: Access the tools you need quickly with command ribbon shortcuts and customized panels in the Fluent user interface (UI).

Editor's Note: This tutorial courtesy of Siemens PLM Software.

If you're using Solid Edge with the new Microsoft Fluent interface (found in every version since Solid Edge with synchronous technology was introduced), you can use the Alt key to display ribbon bar shortcuts that provide an alternate way to navigate around your system.

Pressing the Alt key for the first time presents the shortcuts for the command ribbon. These allow you to toggle among the command tabs across the top of the ribbon or choose the application button.

Pressing the Alt key reveals quick-access shortcuts to commands.

Pressing S+K in quick succession changes to the Sketch tab, and the command keystrokes are displayed. Pressing R+B in quick succession starts the Rectangle command.

This example displays the sketch commands in the View tab.

To get back to the Home tab, press Alt again, then H on your keyboard, or press other shortcuts to take you to your chosen tab.

Becoming Fluent

The Office Fluent-style user interface provides an intuitive way to drive Solid Edge, but did you know you can also customize the panels to best suit the way you work?

The EdgeBar contains panels and tabs; the tabs can easily be reordered by dragging them to a new position. Dragging and dropping the panels into free space allows them float — ideal if you want quick access to the feature library, layers, or other tools.

The panels are also dockable; notice the small triangles and blue shading at the edges of the screen when you drag a panel to the edge of the UI. Drop the panel over these as they highlight, and the panel will dock in that position.
Panels can be replaced in the EdgeBar too. Dragging the panel back to the edge bar shades it and displays a diamond-shaped map showing where the panel can be re-docked. Choosing the center block replaces the panel back in its original location, but picking one of the triangles allows you to place the panel side-by-side or stacked.

To learn more tricks like these, visit or read more Cadalyst Solid Edge tutorials. Until next time, good luck using Solid Edge.

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