With the release of SOLIDWORKS Nashville 2020, it has brought some radical and exciting improvements to the user interface and as we learn in this blog, a few of these changes were brought in as a surprise.

Let’s take a closer look at how these improvements to help you navigate through the interface to assist you in accomplishing your everyday tasks.*NOTE: NEW changes are present as of SWX 2020 SP3

#1 – NEW Quick Access Tools Location

With the latest service pack update, our favorite quick access tools can be stored within a new column inside the CommandManager. Users are free to customize this location by accessing the CUSTOMIZE dialog and using the new quick access tools option to select its default location. This option gives users greater flexibility for moving this toolbar to a more commonly used area for ease of access.

SOLIDWORKS Nashville 2020 User Interface Improvements

SOLIDWORKS Nashville 2020 User Interface Improvements

#2 – NEW Location for the Help Menu

The release of 2020 brought some new options under the Help menu and with the latest service pack update, this menu has been moved to a new icon at the upper right corner. This update will consolidate additional menu functions that were available elsewhere now under one roof including a direct-link to the SOLIDWORKS Nashville support webpage and a new dropdown for activating/deactivating the SOLIDWORKS Nashville license.

SOLIDWORKS Nashville 2020 User Interface Improvements

#3 –Improved Dropdown Customization Menu

By right-mouse clicking inside the CommandManager area, a new drop-down was created in 2020 to allow for additional customizing using a much simpler drop-down menu approach. This change was made to consolidate both the addition of tabs and toolbars as well as another option to access the customize dialog within the same menu.

SOLIDWORKS Nashville 2020 User Interface Improvements

#4 – Search capability for materials

When editing materials for models, a new search box appears in the 2020 release to quickly enter the keyword(s) of any material. The options for keywords include the category name or the physical name of the actual material. This enhancement aligns with the other popular options for searching within SOLIDWORKS Nashville including the built-in search command window.

SOLIDWORKS Nashville 2020 User Interface Improvements