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Did You Know? Customize the Model Tree for Maximum Usability

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Did You Know? Customize the Model Tree for Maximum Usability

A not-quite-right user interface can be a real nuisance day after day. But, an interface that’s just right for Sally might be all wrong for Tomas. Achieving true “one-size-fits-all” status is probably impossible. That’s why the Creo Parametric model tree is customizable. After all, your software is kind of like that Journey song … you know … “Any way you want it, that’s the way you need it. Any way you want it.”

 

Here are some tips for getting the model tree just how you want it.

 

Pick Your Columns and Column Widths.

 

Do you need to see more parameters in the model tree? Or, do you need to minimize columns and expand the graphics area, so you have more room to work? No problem. Here’s how to do it.

 

  1. At the top of the model tree, click Settings and select Tree Columns.
  2. Add/remove displayed columns.
  3. Customize the width of the model tree, as well as the width of the other columns, using the dialog window (shown below) or by dragging the column separators in the model tree after you click Apply to add any new columns.

 

You’ll notice the model tree itself is defined as a column that can’t be removed from the list of displayed columns (see below). And you can set its width in the same way you set the width of individual columns.

Additionally, you can quickly switch between showing and hiding the additional columns. Hiding columns can be useful when you want to shrink the size of left pane and maximize the graphics area.

 

Set Display Filters

 

Of course, some standard features, suppressed objects, and annotations appear in the model tree by default. However, did you know you can customize these model tree display filters for part and assembly modes? Here’s how:

 

  1. At the top of the model tree, click Settings and select Tree Filters.
  2. Use the dialog window to select features to display in the model tree.

Saving Your Model Tree Customizations

 

Model tree column settings, including column width, and model tree display filters are automatically stored, by mode, in the creo_parametric_customization.ui file. These settings load automatically when you open a new Creo Parametric session.

 

Model tree settings can be imported and exported in user customization file types (*.ui).

 

Want to see more? Watch the video below

You don’t need to worry about messing up your current settings when you make changes to the model tree. You’ll notice several places where you can reset default settings when needed. You can even apply the reset to the current mode or all modes.

 

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