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IInsertMacroFeature3 Method (IFeatureManager)

Inserts a macro feature in this model.

.NET Syntax

Visual Basic (Declaration) 
Function IInsertMacroFeature3( _
   ByVal BaseName As System.String, _
   ByVal ProgId As System.String, _
   ByRef MacroMethods As System.String, _
   ByVal ParamCount As System.Integer, _
   ByRef ParamNames As System.String, _
   ByRef ParamTypes As System.Integer, _
   ByRef ParamValues As System.String, _
   ByVal DimCount As System.Integer, _
   ByRef DimTypes As System.Integer, _
   ByRef DimCountValues As System.Double, _
   ByVal BodyCount As System.Integer, _
   ByRef EditBodies As Body2, _
   ByVal IconCount As System.Integer, _
   ByRef IconFiles As System.String, _
   ByVal Options As System.Integer _
) As Feature
Visual Basic (Usage) 
Dim instance As IFeatureManager
Dim BaseName As System.String
Dim ProgId As System.String
Dim MacroMethods As System.String
Dim ParamCount As System.Integer
Dim ParamNames As System.String
Dim ParamTypes As System.Integer
Dim ParamValues As System.String
Dim DimCount As System.Integer
Dim DimTypes As System.Integer
Dim DimCountValues As System.Double
Dim BodyCount As System.Integer
Dim EditBodies As Body2
Dim IconCount As System.Integer
Dim IconFiles As System.String
Dim Options As System.Integer
Dim value As Feature
value = instance.IInsertMacroFeature3(BaseName, ProgId, MacroMethods, ParamCount, ParamNames, ParamTypes, ParamValues, DimCount, DimTypes, DimCountValues, BodyCount, EditBodies, IconCount, IconFiles, Options)
Feature IInsertMacroFeature3( 
   System.string BaseName,
   System.string ProgId,
   ref System.string MacroMethods,
   System.int ParamCount,
   ref System.string ParamNames,
   ref System.int ParamTypes,
   ref System.string ParamValues,
   System.int DimCount,
   ref System.int DimTypes,
   ref System.double DimCountValues,
   System.int BodyCount,
   ref Body2 EditBodies,
   System.int IconCount,
   ref System.string IconFiles,
   System.int Options
Feature^ IInsertMacroFeature3( 
&   System.String^ BaseName,
&   System.String^ ProgId,
&   System.String^% MacroMethods,
&   System.int ParamCount,
&   System.String^% ParamNames,
&   System.int% ParamTypes,
&   System.String^% ParamValues,
&   System.int DimCount,
&   System.int% DimTypes,
&   System.double% DimCountValues,
&   System.int BodyCount,
&   Body2^% EditBodies,
&   System.int IconCount,
&   System.String^% IconFiles,
&   System.int Options


Name of the base feature (see Remarks)
Indicates whether to use COM or VBA callback methods (see Remarks)
Array of strings of size 9 (see Remarks)
Number of parameters
Array of strings of the parameters of size ParamCount
Array of the types of parameters of size paramCount as defined by swMacroFeatureParamType_e
Array of strings of the values of parameters of size ParamCount
Number of dimensions
Array of the types of dimensions as defined by swDimensionType_e (see Remarks)
Array of doubles of the values of dimensions of size DimCount
Number of bodies to modify in the macro feature
Array of IBody2 objects to modify in the macro feature
Number of icons
Array of 3 strings (see Remarks)
Placement of the macro feature in the FeatureManager design tree as defined by swMacroFeatureOptions_e (see Remarks)

Return Value

Pointer to the IFeature object



  • The argument BaseName is serialized within the feature and cannot be changed.
  • You can find out the name of the base feature by using IMacroFeatureData::GetBaseName.
  • The BaseName argument is also used to generate the name of the feature when the feature is first created.




To create a macro feature using the OLE version from VB or VBA...

Then the input arguments should be...

COM callback methods

The ProgId argument is the name of the program ID for the component that implements the COM callback methods. The object that is represented by ProgID must support the IswComFeature interface.


InsertMacroFeature3 ("Sample", "Sample.MyFeature", _

           Nothing, paramNames, paramTypes, _

                paramValues, dimTypes, dimValues, _

                    editBodies, iconFiles, _


In the COM server, the Sample.Feature class is derived or supports the ISwComFeature interface methods. These methods support the macro feature's rebuild, edit, and security functions.

VBA callback methods

InsertMacroFeature3 ( "", callBackMethods ... )






The macroMethods argument is implemented from VBA only and is a nine (9) element array of strings consisting of the following values:

  1. Filename - File executed during feature generation.

  2. Module - Source module executed during feature generation.

  3. Procedure - Source procedure executed during feature generation.

  4. Filename - File executed after edit definition is selected.

  5. Module - Source module executed after edit definition is selected.

  6. Procedure - Source procedure executed after edit definition is selected.

  7. Filename - File executed while querying security; optional, see the next paragraph.

  8. Module - Source Module executed while querying security; optional, see the next paragraph.

  9. Procedure - Source Procedure executed while querying security; optional, see the next paragraph.

Filename should be the full pathname to the macro file. If the procedures are all self-contained in the same macro file that calls IFeatureManager::InsertMacroFeature3, then a call to ISldWorks::GetCurrentMacroPathName provides all of the information necessary for the Filename.

If a security procedure is not used, then Filename, Module, and Procedure must all be empty strings.

Procedure names must have an swm prefix in the name. This prefix identifies the procedures to execute.



Only these dimension types are supported by this method:

  • swAngularDimension

  • swLinearDimension

  • swRadialDimension


Object containing an array of three strings that refer to Windows bitmap images for the regular, suppressed, and highlighted images for the custom macro feature icon.

  • Images must be Windows bitmap (*.bmp) format and be 16 pixels wide X 18 pixels high

  • Either the full pathname or only the filename can be used; for example, c:\bitmaps\icon1.bmp or icon1.bmp.

  • The first string in the array is for the regular icon bitmap, the second string is for suppressed icon bitmap, and the third string is for highlighted icon bitmap.


swMacroFeatureOptions_e.swMacroFeatureEmbedMacroFile is not supported by programming languages for the Microsoft .NET Framework; for example, not supported by C#, Visual Basic .NET, or Managed C++.

See Overview of Macro Features for more information.


See Also


SolidWorks 2007 FCS, Revision Number 15.0

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