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InsertMacroFeature3 Method (IFeatureManager)

Inserts a macro feature in this model.

.NET Syntax

Visual Basic (Declaration) 
Function InsertMacroFeature3( _
   ByVal BaseName As System.String, _
   ByVal ProgId As System.String, _
   ByVal MacroMethods As System.Object, _
   ByVal ParamNames As System.Object, _
   ByVal ParamTypes As System.Object, _
   ByVal ParamValues As System.Object, _
   ByVal DimTypes As System.Object, _
   ByVal DimValues As System.Object, _
   ByVal EditBodies As System.Object, _
   ByVal IconFiles As System.Object, _
   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.Object
Dim ParamNames As System.Object
Dim ParamTypes As System.Object
Dim ParamValues As System.Object
Dim DimTypes As System.Object
Dim DimValues As System.Object
Dim EditBodies As System.Object
Dim IconFiles As System.Object
Dim Options As System.Integer
Dim value As Feature
value = instance.InsertMacroFeature3(BaseName, ProgId, MacroMethods, ParamNames, ParamTypes, ParamValues, DimTypes, DimValues, EditBodies, IconFiles, Options)
Feature InsertMacroFeature3( 
   System.string BaseName,
   System.string ProgId,
   System.object MacroMethods,
   System.object ParamNames,
   System.object ParamTypes,
   System.object ParamValues,
   System.object DimTypes,
   System.object DimValues,
   System.object EditBodies,
   System.object IconFiles,
   System.int Options
Feature^ InsertMacroFeature3( 
&   System.String^ BaseName,
&   System.String^ ProgId,
&   System.Object^ MacroMethods,
&   System.Object^ ParamNames,
&   System.Object^ ParamTypes,
&   System.Object^ ParamValues,
&   System.Object^ DimTypes,
&   System.Object^ DimValues,
&   System.Object^ EditBodies,
&   System.Object^ IconFiles,
&   System.int Options


Name of the base feature (see Remarks)
COM or .NET callback object; empty string if VBA (see Remarks)
Array of strings of size 9 only for VBA; "" otherwise (see Remarks)
Array of strings of the names of the parameters
Array of the types of parameters of size paramCount as defined by swMacroFeatureParamType_e
Array of strings of the values of parameters
Array of the types of dimensions as defined by swDimensionType_e (see Remarks)
Array of values of the dimensions
Array of IBody2 objects to modify in the macro feature
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





  • 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.



If creating a macro feature using...

Then ProgId is...

COM callbacks

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 from ISwComFeature and implements rebuild, edit, and security functions.


An empty string.

InsertMacroFeature3("Sample", "",...)

.NET add-in callbacks

The name of the class that implements the .NET callbacks and ISwComFeature.

InsertMacroFeature3("Sample", "project_name.class_module",...)




The macroMethods argument is implemented for VBA only. The nine (9) element array of strings consists 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 procedure resides in the same macro file that calls IFeatureManager::InsertMacroFeature3, then a call to ISldWorks::GetCurrentMacroPathName provides all of the information necessary for Filename.

IModelDoc2::ListAuxiliaryExternalFileReferences returns an array containing the names of the features that include external references and an array containing the names of the external files for Filename elements 1, 4, and 7 in the array.

The list of:

  • features can contain duplicates, if the macro feature uses more than one procedure.
  • filenames can contain duplicates if:
    • the procedures are implemented in the same macro file.
    • more than one instance of the same macro feature is present.

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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