This new feature could POSSIBLY be the best new enhancement that comes packaged in SolidWorks 2012. Have you ever had that moment when you were designing the next best thing since sliced bread and knew that command that you needed but couldn’t find it? I have, well everything except for the next best thing since sliced bread.
Starting with SolidWorks 2012, the nightmares about this situation should cease because of the new Command Search tool. So where the heck is it and how does it work? Unfortunately, there is no search tool to find the Command Search tool but it is actually quite easy to get to.
Where – In the upper right hand corner of your SolidWorks window is the search bar that previously housed the SolidWorks Help, Knowledge Base, Community Forum, and Files and Models search options. Now there is also a Commands search option that you can select (see image below).
How – Simply select the Commands search option and then start typing the name of the command you are looking for.
One of the really cool features of this I think is that no matter what the search bar has selected, as soon as you launch your Shortcut Bar, the search bar will automatically switch to the Commands option.
Also, what about when you want to customize a toolbar and you can’t seem to find the tool you need? The Command search still is functional even when you have the Customize window active. As you can see in the image below, all of the commands will be grayed out BUT you can still drag and drop them onto a toolbar as you normally would from the Customize window.
This is an AWESOME new tool. The one future enhancement I would really like to see however is a way to get this option closer to the Shortcut Bar when you activate it. This would require a lot let mouse movement in order to use it. But, baby steps for now and these are great steps.
Awesome job SolidWorks development team!