Today’s tech tip is a simple navigation tip. When you are in an assembly, one of the most common actions is to navigate to a Part Studio or subassembly within that assembly. There are various ways to navigate a complex Document, including scrolling across the tabs along the bottom and using the Tab Manager to search. But the fastest way to navigate to a Part Studio or assembly from the top level is to use “Switch to.” Let’s take a look.

Take the example in the screenshot below:

Onshape Window

Here, I am looking at the top-level assembly and I want to open the Pillow Block Bearing subassembly:

Switch To Context Menu Onshape

The easiest way to do this is to right-click the subassembly from the instance list or the graphics, and you will see the option to “Switch to.”

Switch To Dialog Onshape

In the screenshot above, you can see that I have two options to choose from, the Part Studio or the assembly. If you right-click from the graphics, you will be given the option to choose whether you want to open the Part Studio associated with the part you have right-clicked, or the assembly that part is in.

Switch to Onshape

Note: If you switch to an assembly by right-clicking a part in the graphics, Onshape will automatically highlight that part in the subassembly.

So that’s it! Hopefully, this tip will help you navigate your assemblies more effectively.