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Moving Components

The Move Component tool lets you move individual components in an assembly file or in a drawing file of an assembly. The SolidWorks eDrawings Viewer ignores mates, allowing full degrees of freedom. You can also move subassemblies as a unit.

To move components:

  1. Open a CAD or SolidWorks eDrawings assembly or drawing file of an assembly.

  2. Click Move Component (Components tab ) or Tools, Move Component.

  3. In the graphics area, select a component and drag it to a new position.

  4. Click Move Component again to release the tool.

    Moved components remain in their new positions if you save the file. If you close the file without saving, all components return to their original positions the next time you open the file.

To return components to their original positions:

  • To return an individual component to its original position, in Move Component mode:

    • Double-click the component

    • Right-click the component and select Undo Move

  • To return all components to their original positions from any mode, click Home or View, Home.

To move sub-assemblies:

  1. Click Move Component or Tools, Move Component.

  2. In the graphics area, right-click a sub-assembly component and select Move <sub-assembly name>.

    The sub-assembly name is highlighted in the Components tab.

    If the sub-assembly contains nested sub-assemblies, the menu item Move Subassembly appears. Select a sub-assembly from the list and click to place it. The Move Subassembly menu lists all the sub-assemblies that the component belongs to, in the order from the immediate parent to the highest parent.

  3. Drag the sub-assembly to a new position.

To return sub-assemblies to previous positions:

  • Right-click the sub-assembly and select Undo Move <sub-assembly name>. If the sub-assembly has nested sub-assemblies, select from the Undo Move Subassembly list.

  • Click Home or View, Home

   To restore a child sub-assembly to the current position of the parent sub-assembly, execute Undo Move on the child sub-assembly. To restore the parent and all its child sub-assemblies to their original positions, execute Undo Move on the parent sub-assembly.


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