Moving Assemblies

This happened several times. After I finish some assemblies, they are saved facing parallel with the screen
When I open the assembly again, they are facing at a random position,
totally different form the saved positon. Sometimes I need to start the assembly again to get control of the situation.
When I try to explode, the parts are not in line with each other. Any suggestions?
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Are your assemblies 'fully defined' or do you have little squares appearing next to them in the model tree, which means they are 'packaged'?
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Are we talking about a 'view' here, the orientation of the assembly, i.e. front view, side view, iso view? Do you work from a start part? These should be available by clicking the icon of a cube with AB in the upper right corner. These are named views and that's the only way that views get saved. They don't save just by saving a model or assembly in its last orientation. But you can create and recall any orientation with the block icon that has the arrows pointing to different faces. This input form lets you set the orientation, if you have already done so. When you click Saved Views, it shows you the list of existing named/saved views and gives you an input line to type a name for the current view. Then click Save and your new view name is added to the list. You can also use this area for deleting or redefining existing named views.

How do you do the explode? With 'View>Explode>Explode View'? This is junk, teaser functionality. This lets you do something like creating an "explode state" but which doesn't let you save it. To create and save an exploded view, you need to use the View Manager. Once again, you are creating NAMED view states which is how they are saved and later recalled. Another reason to ignore the 'View>Explode' menu is that the default explode is, as you point out, not aligned properly. The alignment that you want needs to be done in the View Manager by creating the view name then, in WF1 & 2, selecting Edit>Redefine>Position. In WF3 the editing/redefining of position, creation of snap lines and toggling explode state has moved to Properties. When finished, click the List button, do 'Edit>Save' to keep the explode view. Then save the assembly. Interestingly, in WF3, the separate save is giving you more precise options for saving the exact view you want. If, for example, you'd set an orientation and display style (one part shaded with the rest in hidden line view), the save screen gives you these additional views to select to create a combo view. A nice short cut to creating the exact model state for showing in a drawing, pdf or presentation.
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