Collapse Items in Feature Manager?

I'm wanting to assign a hotkey to "Collapse Items", the one on the RMB commands at the top of the feature manager.
As mentioned in some past postings, I found that "C" appears to be assigned to this, but it only displays or hides the entire FM. I've seen some macros posted that also just hide/display the FM. What I'm referring to is to collapse any expanded items within the current FM displayed, like on the RMB menu. Another alternative would be to disable the autoexpansion of the FM items completely, except when the item is double clicked? I find myself collapsing parts of the FM hundreds of times a day, due to Solidworks' intense fondness for stuff flying all over the screen at nearly every mouse click. Any productivity suggestions? thanks Bill
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A thought - go to Tools/Option/FeatureManager and uncheck Scroll selected item into view. This way it won't open everything to get to everything you click on. If this was on and is turned off, you may be satisfied with using the RMB Collapse Items, as the frequency should be much less. By the way, you probably have found that hitting the escape key clears any selections, thereby allowing the use of the RMB Collapse Items.
The other thing is that the "C" hotkey is, by default, set to expand/collapse tree. This is the flyout tree, not the FeatureManager tree. I don't see anything in the API to allow access to the collapsing of the FM tree.
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24 Sep 2004 17:04:38) about "Re: Collapse Items in Feature Manager?":
Not on mine. Even bashing the escape key really hard doesn't always deselect all selected items. Only sometimes.
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A thought - go to Tools/Option/FeatureManager and uncheck Scroll selected item into view. This way it won't open everything to get to everything you click on. If this was on and is turned off, you may be satisfied with using the RMB Collapse Items, as the frequency should be much less. By the way, you probably have found that hitting the escape key clears any selections, thereby allowing the use of the RMB Collapse Items.
The other thing is that the "C" hotkey is, by default, set to expand/ collapse tree. This is the flyout tree, not the FeatureManager tree. I don't see anything in the API to allow access to the collapsing of the FM tree.
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> I'm wanting to assign a hotkey to "Collapse Items", the one on the RMB > commands at the top of the feature manager. As mentioned in some past > postings, I found that "C" appears to be assigned > to this, but it only displays or hides the entire FM. I've seen some macros > posted that also just hide/display the FM. What I'm referring to is to > collapse any expanded items within the current FM displayed, like on the RMB > menu. > Another alternative would be to disable the autoexpansion of the FM > items completely, except when the item is double clicked? I find myself > collapsing parts of the FM hundreds of times a day, due to Solidworks' > intense fondness for stuff flying all over the screen at nearly > every mouse click. > Any productivity suggestions? thanks > Bill
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I got sick of all the expansion about 5 weeks ago and decided to just junk it. To turn it off, go to system options > feature manager, and turn off scroll selected item into view.
I do miss it a little, though. Without that auto-expanding, it can be hard to pick a part on the screen and find it in the tree. The status bar helps (lower left of screen) but it won't help if you have things in folders. Or you can just RMB-"go to feature in tree" to jump the tree to that feature in the selected component. Its not as elegant as your double-click idea, but it works.
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Shift + C will collapse all open nodes on the FM tree. Is this what you were looking for?
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