Saturday, 3 January 2015

Making of Solid Edge Text Search Part 3

...continued from Part 2

Running Search Text utility from the Ribbon: Follow these steps:

1. Right click on any button on the Ribbon and select Customize the Ribbon... from the context menu that appears.

2. In the Customize dialog, on the right side tree view, expand View node and select Style. Then click the New Group button.


3. a new group node is added after the Style group and before the Window group.


4. Select the Search node and from the left side of the dialog, select Macros from the list for 'Choose commands from..'


5. Click the Browse... button at the bottom of the list and navigate to the folder where you saved the macro downloaded from this site or compiled one of your own.

Keep the Search node selected and pick the .exe File name from the list on the left Then click the Add >> button which adds the command to the Search group.


In SE ST 4 or lower, a dialog appears prompting to pick a image or icon for the button. You can copy this image 20 and save to your computer and pick it from there. This binocular icon is assigned to the Search button.


6. If you are on SE ST 6 or higher, simply placing the image in the same folder as the exe works. the rule is - both the exe and image name should be the same.


7. right-click the search.exe node twice and change the settings to Large button and No text successively.


7. Click OK ad select Yes in the prompt that appears for saving the theme.

The Search button in large size and without text is found sitting neatly in the Search group between in the Style and Window groups:


To assign a universal shortcut Ctrl+F to this button, follow these steps:

1. Right-click on the Search button and select Customize the Ribbon...  to open the Customize dialog again.

2. Take the Keyboard tab and follow the sequence as depicted below to set the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+F to the Search command:


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Text Search is part of the Solid Edge Maker Faire. The other programming tutorials in this series are:

Making of Match Properties for Solid Edge

Making of Purge Variables for Solid Edge

Making of Rectangle Centerlines for Solid Edge

Making of 'Pack and Go' for Solid Edge

Making of Capture Screen for Solid Edge

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