Context Menus

Context Menus

Use a right mouse button (RMB) click on an entity or blank workspace to invoke a context menu. Context menus contain commands for that entity or workspace in the current context. Context menus exist for entities in the graphics area, entities in Feature lists, Parts lists, Drawings, as well as Onshape constructs such as tabs. Right-click throughout the interface to discover context menus.

To invoke a context menu on a mobile device, two-finger tap in the graphics area at any time.

Some of the situations in which you are able to access context menus are:

  • A feature or sketch is open for editing
  • An entity is selected in the graphics or drawing area
  • A selection is made in the Feature list, Parts list, etc.
  • In the graphics area of both Part Studio and Assembly:
    • Show all - Show all parts, sketches, and planes
    • Show all parts - Show all parts, even those that have been hidden
    • Create selection - Open the Create selection dialog for selecting a group of entities to use as a selection in another dialog
    • Zoom to fit - Zoom the view of the graphics area to display all entities within view
    • Isometric - Adjust the view to Isometic

For example, when a sketch is selected in the Feature list, the context menu is:

Example of the context menu when a sketch is selected in the Feature list

  • Rename - Edit a new name or supply a new name for the sketch
  • Edit - Open the sketch for editing
  • Copy sketch - Copy a sketch from one Part Studio to another:
    • Select the sketch in the Feature list, select Copy sketch from context menu.
    • In a different Part Studio, select a plane in the Feature list, select Paste sketch from context menu.

      Note that copying and pasting sketches across Part Studios of differing versions may result in an error condition.

  • Show dimensions - Show dimensions of sketch; click elsewhere in the graphics area to hide dimensions again.
  • Show/Hide - Show or hide the selected sketch.
  • Show/Hide all sketches - Show or hide sketches except the active sketch.
  • Create Drawing of Sketch - Create a Drawing tab with template of your choosing for the selected sketch.
  • Export as DXF/DWG - Export the selected sketch as a .DXF or .DWG file (to your local drive).
  • Suppress - Visualize the model without the selected feature.
  • Add comment - Add a comment directly to that sketch
  • Zoom to selection - Zoom so that the currently selected entities fill the screen.
  • View normal to - View normal (perpendicular) to the currently selected sketch.
  • Clear selection - Deselect all currently selected entities.
  • Roll to here- Roll the Feature list back to the selected sketch.
  • Roll to end - Present if the rollback bar is not at the end of the Feature list; causes the rollback bar to roll to the end of the Feature list.
  • Delete - Remove the selected sketch from the Feature list.

Example

The image below shows the Context menu and available actions with nothing selected.

Context menu with nothing selected

The image below shows the Context menu and available actions with only the Front plane selected.

Context menu with right pane selected

Notice some available actions such as New sketch (begin sketching on the selected plane), Offset plane, Hide Front plane, etc.

Tips

  • The context menu is organized into different sections, vertically. The context menu is context sensitive and available options vary depending on what you have selected when you open it.
  • Note that the context menus will not necessarily show all of the same sections, instead they will show only the relevant sections based on your selections in the document.

 

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Last Updated: September 10, 2019