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Excel AutoFill

03/11/2020

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Everyone is familiar with the Excel function "AutoFill". However, not everyone knows that you can also apply it in SolidWorks.

You can use this handy feature while configuring certain Components, Features or Dimensions.

In the following we will show you how you can auto fill the "Suppress checkbox" to all configurations in the model.

Procedure

Select the component you want to configure in the SolidWorks Tree.

Right click and choose "Configure Component".

A new window "Modify Configurations" will open.

Here you can start configuring the selected component for the different configurations in the assembly.

When you check the box in the "Suppress" column for a certain configuration (here: Default), the component in that configuration will be suppressed

If you want the component to be suppressed in other configurations as well, you can "Auto Fill the checkbox". 

This is done, just like in Excel, by moving your mouse pointer to the lower right corner of the cell. A "plus sign" will appear. When you now click and drag down, all cells will be marked with a tick.

The component is now suppressed in all configurations up to where you have auto filled the check mark.

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