As explained in Onshape Documents, Part Studios, Assemblies, and non-native files imported into Onshape documents are represented in tabs in the user interface. Click a tab to select it and make it active. Only one tab is active in one browser tab at a time, but you can open any tab in a new browser tab to have multiple active tabs open. In addition to working in a tab, you can perform actions on tabs. Right-click on a tab to access the context menu for that tab.

Right Click Menu for document tabs

Creating more tabs in a document

Click the plus sign Plus sign icon (Insert new) in the tab bar to create a new Onshape tab:

Example of how to create a new tab

  • Import automatically creates a new tab for that file, see Importing Files
  • Create folder creates a folder into which you can move tabs in order to organize them, see Organizing tabs
  • Create Drawing creates a new empty Drawing tab
  • Create Variable Studio creates a new empty Variable Studio tab
  • Create Assembly creates a new empty Assembly tab
  • Create Part Studio creates a new empty Part Studio tab
  • Create PCB Studio creates a new empty PCB Studio tab
  • Create Render Studio creates a new empty Render Studio tab
  • Create Feature Studio creates a new empty Feature Studio
  • Create Material library creates a new Material library for use in Onshape
  • Add application lets you select an application for use in the document; one that you have already added through the App Store

Working with tabs and the Tab manager

When working with a lot of data, the number of tabs you start amassing may get a bit unwieldy. Onshape provides a Tab manager to help you organize and find tabs more easily.

To the left of the Insert new icon Plus sign icon on the Document panel is the Toggle tab manager icon Tab manager icon. The Tab manager opens a panel on the left side of the Onshape window (moving to the right any Assembly list or Feature list, depending on the type of tab you have open at the time):

Screenshot of tab manager

The tab manager lists all of the tabs you have in the document.

Anatomy of the tab manager

The tab manager has icons at the top to filter the tabs by. The resulting list of tabs can then be ordered according to Tab order in the document, alphabetical by name, or by type. There is a search box at the top to enter the name of the tab you are looking for:

Tab Manager

Use the icons at the top of the tab manager to control the search to whatever is selected (remember that selection is additive):

  • Search tabs field Search tabs field icon - Toggle the Search field open and closed.
  • Tab order selection Tab order selection icon - Select the order in which to list the tab names: A-Z or Z-A, or by type of tab.
  • Display filter icons Display filter icon - Toggle the tab type icons visible or not visible: Part Studio, Assembly, Drawing, File (only icons for the tab types found in the document are displayed).
  • List view List view icon - Display tab names only.
  • Detail view Detail view icon - Display tab names and details.

At the bottom of the tab manager is a thumbnail view of the currently selected tab.

There are many ways to use the tab manager:

  • Use Ctrl+spacebar to view previously opened tabs' thumbnails. Keep Ctrl depressed and repeatedly press spacebar to proceed through the previously opened tabs. Release both keys to open the tab whose thumbnail is currently active.
  • Click and drag tabs in the tab manager list to reorder them in the document.

    Keep in mind that tab order is shared among all users in a workspace, and is persistent. For example, if User-1 changes the order of the tabs, User-2 will also see the changes when the workspace is open.

  • Click on the name of a tab to navigate to that tab and make it active.

  • Active tabs are indicated by a blue border and blue highlight.

  • The active tab and scroll state is not shared, nor persistent. Each user collaborating on a document has their own active tab and their own tab scroll state.
  • When a workspace is opened, the active tab is the previously active tab. (When a workspace is opened for the first time, the active tab is the first tab in the series.)
  • A newly created tab is placed directly to the right of the currently active tab and is made active immediately.
  • When scrolling through tabs, the active tab is always kept in view.
  • You can use Ctrl+click to select more than one tab in the tab manager.

Hover over a tab in the tab bar to see a thumbnail of the contents.

Organizing tabs