We all love the macros. They are fantastic automation tools. To run a macro we should browse to the file and press the Run command. But what if we could make a button that would run the macro? In this blog post we will discover how to do just that. I will show how to define a macro button in the View (Heads-up) section.
By default the Heads-up section is active. This section holds the most popular commands in SolidWorks. Some of the defaults that are listed here are:
Zoom to Fit,
Previous View and more. But if you can’t see it follow these steps.
view (Heads-up) and make sure it is checked.
Since we are going to edit the
Macro command in SolidWorks. We should access it through the
Customize ... window.
Customize ... item from the bottom of the menu list.
This opens up the Customize window.
Now we have the Customize window open. We can see the list of commands that each category provides.
Macro on the list of categories.
New Macro Button
New Macro Button is a template for the button. We need to drag it to the Heads-up section. Once you let go of the mouse button a new window will pop-up. We define the macro properties in this window.
In the previous steps we accessed the Customize Macro Button window. It is time to assign the macro to the button.
Click on the
... button next to the
Macro:. This will open another window to browse to the actual macro file. Notice that you can only select
Method: drop down list select the method that is defined in the macro. Each
.swp file can have multiple methods. This drop down let us select one of those methods. If the macro has only one method defined you will have one option to choose.
Appearance group select the
Choose Image ... button. A new window pops up to browse to a
.bmp file. The image you provide will change the default button.
Type in the tooltip for your button. When you hover over the button a pop up shows the tooltip and a prompt. It is useful to show some information about a command to the user.
Once you are happy with the setup click
ok. And do the same on the Customize window.
.bmp format. To convert an image to
.bmp open it in Paint and save the file as
Below you can see a screen shot of the final result. In this blog post I showed you how to assign a button to a macro in SolidWorks. This should help you to access your favorite macros much faster.