SolidWorks is a bit tricky when it comes to the navigation of multi-component parts in a single assembly file. While mating parts, we certainly need to make sure our mates are perfect. This is only possible if there are no interfering parts which we hide. But once done, we cannot find a way to unhide the parts and end up confusing ourselves. Today in this tutorial, we will look at how to get back our hidden parts through some steps in SolidWorks. Firstly, we need an assembly. We will take the following Lathe Chuck assembly.
As you can see, there are some parts in the left model tree which are not visible and hiding to help with mating different parts with each other.
Image 1: Hid Components
There is an arrow in the Display pane. Click on it and you will get the Display Pane. There is an eye-crossed-off option. It will show/hide all components at once. There is a shortcut to hide and unhide all components. Use it carefully otherwise you might end up showing all the components which might cause you time trouble hiding them all again. Only do this when you are done with every mating and editing feature.
Select all the model tree on your left, right-click on the first part, there will be an eye icon which will show the words Show Component when you hover your mouse over it. This is where you click it and all components will automatically be shown.
Image 2: Selection of all Components
Image 3: All Parts Visible
All the parts are now visible and no part is hidden. This is one way to hide and unhide all components simultaneously. Thanks for reading this article and if you would like to have more to read, we have a whole collection of tutorials. Have at them for getting through your tough spots using SolidWorks and avoid confusion.