Context Menu

A context menu of actions is available for any selected item in the browser.

To open the context menu, right-click on either an entity folder, an individual entity, or the white-space of the browser.


In Review mode you can review selected entities irrespective of their display state, masked, active state (Entity State Browser), but not outside of the spherical clipping, if enabled.

Review mode is currently supported in the following browsers: Model, Solver, Part, Mechanism, and Entity State.

Review is currently supported for: Assemblies, Beamsection collectors, Beamsection, Blocks, Bodies, Boxes, Components, Configuration, Constrained extra nodes, Constrained rigid bodies, Constraints, Contact surfaces, Control volumes, Cross sections, Design variables, Design variable links, Design Objective Reference, Design Variable Property Relationship, Elements, Groups, Joints, Laminates, Load collectors, Loads, Loadsteps, Materials, Mechanisms, Objectives, Optimization constraints, Optimization responses, Output blocks, Part, Part Assembly, Part Set, Plies, Properties, Regions, Seatbelts, Sensors, Sets, System collectors, Systems, Vector collectors, and Vectors.

Invoke Review Mode

  1. Select valid entities to review.
    Note: You are only able to review one type of entity at a time.
    • Select entities in the browser.
    • From the action mode tools in the browser, select an entity type and enable the Selector (). In the graphics area, select entities.
  2. Invoke review mode.
    • Right-click on selected entities in the browser and select Review from the context menu.
    • Press Q (only when a supported browser is active or the graphics area is active).

    Note: When the graphics area is active and you have two browsers which support Review mode open simultaneously in the left and right tab areas, pressing Q will invoke Review mode for the entities selected in the last browser you accessed. If the Entity State Browser is one of the two browsers opened, then pressing Q will invoke Review mode for the entities selected in the other browser.
  • Append entities to your selection by left-clicking. Remove entities from your selection by right-clicking.
  • Switch your review selection from one entity to another or from one entity type to another by selecting a new entity. You can also switch your review selection from one browser to another when you have two browsers, which support Review mode, open simultaneously in the left and right tab areas. The graphics area will automatically display your new selection.
  • In the browser, use the up and down keys to review.

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Disable Review Mode

Manually exit review mode by right-clicking on a selected entity in the browser and selecting Review from the context menu, or press Q.
When other interaction modes may conflict, Review mode will be automatically turned off.
  • Review is reset when:
    • Switching the Visualization Color mode to any mode except by Thickness or by Element Quality
    • Changing Visualization FE and Geom styles
    • Switching browsers or browser views
    • Undocking browsers from the tab area
    • Clicking anywhere in a browser that does not support Review
    • Enabling an action mode tool
    • Changing data
  • Review is reset and disabled (when Review is on) or disabled (when Review is off) when:
    • Any panel or pull-down menu referring to a panel is opened and remains open
    • Switching the Visualization Color mode to by Thickness or by Element Quality
    • The Spherical Clipping panel is opened

Color of Reviewed Entities in the Graphics Area

Entities being reviewed will appear with their current visualization style in the graphics area, while all other non-reviewed entities will display transparent.

Figure 2. Two Components Selected in Review Mode
Entities being reviewed that do not have a visualization style assigned will display yellow.

Figure 3. Sets Selected in Review Mode
When a single group entity is being reviewed, the contact pair’s main surface will display blue and the secondary surface will display red. When there is only one surface definition being reviewed, it will display red.

Figure 4. Single Contact Pair Selected in Review Mode
When multiple group entities are being reviewed, they will display in their own entity color.

Figure 5. Multiple Contact Pairs Selected in Review Mode