A great and often used System Option in SolidWorks is found under Display/Selection and is called “Enable selection through transparency”. If you have a model that is transparent, or actually semi-transparent (we encourage you to take advantage of transparency when using Logopress3) you will notice that if this option is checked under System Options, you will be able to click “through” things as if they weren’t there in the way. This allows you to select things that are behind others without switching your display to Hidden Lines Visible or Wireframe mode.
But this can be a pain to toggle on and off all the time. So two things:
- Did you know that, because this is such an important option when designing with transparency that this is the one and only command on a Logopress3 toolbar or Command Manager that is not actually a Logopress3 command, but is simply a SolidWorks toggle? We put it there for your convenience. The icon for it looks like an isometric transparent box and is found about in the middle o f both the part and the assembly Logopress3 Command Manager tabs as well as in the middle of the Logopress3 Filter toolbar.
- Now here’s the really interesting one that will benefit both Logopress3 users and non-users alike if you use transparency: To quickly override the selection through transparency option, simply hold down the Shift key as you make your selection. Note that this option works both ways, to override when on and override when off. So if you have it off/unchecked but you find you want to select through something, holding the Shift key down will allow you to. If you have it on/checked, you will be able to select the nearest thing to you as opposed to selecting through the model.