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Quick Tips and Bubble ToolTips

Typically an add-in's Quick Tips tells a user how to use the add-in application from start to finish. Creating Quick Tips and Bubble ToolTips for an add-in requires:

Add-in application

  1. Implements a copy of the Quick Tips interface, ISwQuickTip, which defines the add-in's Quick Tips environment.

  2. Creates a copy of the Quick Tips interface using ISldWorks::InstallQuickTipGuide

    When an add-in application implements a copy of the Quick Tips interface, the SolidWorks application adds a selection to its SolidWorks Help menu indicating the existence of that add-in's Quick Tips.

By default, the SolidWorks Quick Tips is the active Quick Tips. When a user selects an add-in's Quick Tips on the SolidWorks Help menu, that add-in's Quick Tips becomes active and the SolidWorks Quick Tips becomes inactive. If a user clicks the Quick Tips button on the SolidWorks status bar, the SolidWorks Quick Tips becomes active and any active add-in's Quick Tips becomes inactive. Only one application's Quick Tips can be active at any one time.

Because an add-in does not know whether or not its Quick Tips window is active, the add-in should assume that it is active. The state of the add-in application determines which HTML page of its Quick Tips is displayed.

  1. Calls ISwQuickTip::AppState to tell the Quick Tips interface that the state of the add-in application has changed. Examples of SolidWorks states are:

    1. Create a part.

    2. Create a sketch.

    3. Create an extrusion.

  2. Calls ISldWorks::RefreshQuickTipWindow, which causes the SolidWorks application to request a new URL to display in the Quick Tips window. The new URL is then returned to the SolidWorks application and displayed in the Quick Tips window.

  3. When the add-in application is closing, calls ISldWorks::UnInstallQuickTipGuide to uninstall the add-in's Quick Tips.

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Each Quick Tips HTML page

  1. Must specify the correct background color of the Quick Tips HTML page as follows:




   background-color: #ffffe1;



  1. Creates a copy of ISwHtmlInterface, which defines the add-in's Quick Tips environment for that HTML page.

  2. Calls ISwHtmlInterface::ShowBubbleToolTipAt or ISwHtmlInterface::ShowBubbleTooltip, which displays a Bubble ToolTip and causes a toolbar or toolbar buttons to flash, when a user clicks a link on the Quick Tips HTML page.

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