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Frequently used subfolders

From: Inventor 2014 Essential Training

Video: Frequently used subfolders

Now that we've seen how to create We're going to return to the Projects dialog box So again, to get started we're going to click New.

Frequently used subfolders

Now that we've seen how to create project files and some frequently used subfolders, let's go ahead and create a project that we can use for the remainder of this course. We're going to return to the Projects dialog box by clicking Projects in the toolbar, under the Launch panel. And you can see here that my active test is inv_test, which is Inventor test. It's the project we just created in the previous movie. Now, between this movie and the previous movie, I deleted my Inventor Essentials project, so that we can create it from scratch.

And you can follow along and create a project that you can use throughout the rest of the course. So again, to get started we're going to click New. We're going to go ahead and select Single User Project. And click Next as well. And, here's where things are going to be a little different than what we saw in the previous movie. Rather than using the default location for the project, I'm going to select the location where I extracted my exercise files. And you should do the same. If you haven't done so at this point, you should download the exercise files and extract them to a location on your hard drive.

And remember where you put them on the hard drive, because you're going to need to browse to them in just a second. And what I'm going to do here is set the project name to Inventor Essentials. And this is just a name. It could be anything. You don't have to call it this. It's the one I'm going to use just because it allows me to quickly identify the project. Here you can see that Inventor's gone ahead and taken the location from our application options. And again, appended the project name to it, but what I'm going to do is actually change this location in this folder.

I'm going to hit the Browse button to the right, and I'm going to browse to my exercise file location, and that's in my Lynda folder here in my file storage directory. So let me browse out to my Inventor Essentials course, to my exercise file. And I'm going to select on the Exercise Files folder. And that's going to become the root of my project. Not only that, it's not located in my default location. So, now rather than C:\File Storage\Autodesk Inventor Projects, it's in Lynda\Inventor Essentials and its location.

So it is perfectly okay to select a different folder name and a different location. If you notice here, I still am selecting the Exercise files folder, even though I've changed the name to Inventor Essentials. I'm going to go ahead and click Next. I'm not going to add a library folder. And I'm going to click Finish. Now you can see I have Inventor Essentials. And the location is defined here in the top half of the window. Let's go ahead and hit Done. And click the Open button just to see that everything worked.

What you should see is what's on the screen, which is, that you're looking in the exercise folder that you browsed to, and here's the list of all the folders that are in this project or that are in the exercise files. Now the one thing that we can do to make this even a little more helpful is to create some frequently used subfolders that match these folder names. And the reason for that is simply so that if I'm looking in a specific project folder and I need to switch, I can use the browser on the left to quickly switch between chapters.

So, I'm going to go ahead and cancel this and return to the Project dialog again by clicking the Projects button. And I'm going to look at Frequently Used Subfolders in the bottom portion of the window. And what I'm going to do is right-click, and this time, rather than add an individual path, because we'd have to do that for every single one of the chapters, I'm going to use Add Paths From Directory. And by doing that, I can then browse back to the location of my exercise files. And select the exercise files folder, so that I can use that directory to define all the shortcuts to my frequently used subfolders.

So here, I'm going to, again, just like we did in the previous step, select the exercise folder. And this time, when we click OK, you'll see that Inventor has gone through and looked at every folder in that exercise folder, and created a frequently used subfolder for it. So, without having to manually add it over and over and over again, Inventor's done it in one quick action. I'm going to go ahead and click Save to save the changes we made to this project. It's going to give me a warning that it's going to update and migrate and just make sure it's current.

And then I'm going to hit Done. Now, when you click Open you should have the ability to see a list of the projects folders and shortcuts to those project folders as well, under the Frequently Used Subfolders section. You now have a project on your system that will allow you to continue through this course easily switching between the chapters as needed.

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Inventor 2014 Essential Training

90 video lessons · 2500 viewers

John Helfen

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  1. 1m 24s
    1. Welcome
    2. Using the exercise files
  2. 6m 20s
    1. Exploring major workflow steps
      2m 19s
    2. Reviewing different file types
      4m 1s
  3. 22m 3s
    1. Navigating using the ViewCube
      4m 56s
    2. Navigating using the navigation tools
      5m 31s
    3. Using the browser
      3m 34s
    4. Using the ribbon bar
      2m 47s
    5. Using the Quick Access Toolbar
    6. Using the Marking menu
      4m 33s
  4. 22m 6s
    1. Basic menu customization
      6m 40s
    2. Custom ribbon bar panels
      6m 22s
    3. Keyboard
      5m 9s
    4. Marking menu customization
      3m 55s
  5. 20m 24s
    1. Project file introduction
      3m 54s
    2. The project file: .ipj
      4m 4s
    3. Setting up the project file for this course
      7m 11s
    4. Frequently used subfolders
      5m 15s
  6. 22m 31s
    1. Introducing sketching
      4m 55s
    2. Working with origin geometry
      4m 46s
    3. Understanding constraints
      7m 39s
    4. Application options
      5m 11s
  7. 50m 43s
    1. Drawing lines
      6m 29s
    2. Creating rectangles and arcs
      9m 26s
    3. Creating splines
      6m 35s
    4. Creating slots
      5m 43s
    5. Construction geometry
      6m 18s
    6. Dimensioning
      9m 34s
    7. Parameters
      6m 38s
  8. 30m 33s
    1. Move, copy, and rotate sketch geometry
      7m 43s
    2. Trim, extend, and split sketch geometry
      6m 20s
    3. Scale, stretch, and offset geometry
      7m 47s
    4. Creating rectangular, circular, and mirrored sketch patterns
      8m 43s
  9. 19m 27s
    1. Understanding work features
      3m 58s
    2. Creating offset work planes
      4m 17s
    3. Creating work planes
      6m 59s
    4. Creating work axes and points
      4m 13s
  10. 16m 50s
    1. Projecting geometry
      7m 7s
    2. Importing AutoCAD data
      9m 43s
  11. 54m 31s
    1. Part feature introduction
      5m 14s
    2. Creating a base extrusion feature
      8m 46s
    3. Keeping extrusions connected with the To next face/body option
      4m 29s
    4. Creating revolves
      7m 42s
    5. Creating complex shapes with the Loft tool
      8m 50s
    6. Adding control to a loft by creating rails
      8m 40s
    7. Creating a sweep feature
      6m 16s
    8. Creating a sweep feature with model edges
      4m 34s
  12. 24m 44s
    1. Adding holes to a part model
      10m 10s
    2. Modifying edges with fillets and chamfers
      4m 18s
    3. Hollowing parts with the shell feature
      10m 16s
  13. 25m 37s
    1. Creating rectangular feature patterns
      9m 23s
    2. Adding intelligence to a rectangular pattern
      5m 45s
    3. Creating rectangular feature patterns along a path
      2m 22s
    4. Creating circular feature patterns
      3m 11s
    5. Mirroring part features
      4m 56s
  14. 31m 30s
    1. Understanding iParts and iFeatures
      3m 19s
    2. Creating an iPart from an existing part
      11m 0s
    3. Changing between versions inside an iPart
      5m 50s
    4. Extracting iFeatures for use in other parts
      5m 11s
    5. Inserting iFeatures into a part
      6m 10s
  15. 26m 23s
    1. Introduction to assemblies NEW
      1m 59s
    2. Placing components NEW
      7m 40s
    3. Creating components in the context of an assembly NEW
      8m 9s
    4. Placing fasteners from the Content Center NEW
      8m 35s
  16. 46m 14s
    1. The Mate/Flush constraint NEW
      9m 42s
    2. The Angle constraint NEW
      5m 34s
    3. The Insert constraint NEW
      3m 55s
    4. Driving constraints NEW
      10m 0s
    5. The Transitional tab NEW
      3m 50s
    6. The Motion tab NEW
      9m 18s
    7. Contact sets NEW
      3m 55s
  17. 18m 38s
    1. Adding materials to parts in an assembly NEW
      4m 3s
    2. Visual styles NEW
      4m 52s
    3. Enhancing the design experience with shadows NEW
      2m 9s
    4. Adding a ground plane, reflections, and perspective to a design NEW
      3m 34s
    5. Changing the lighting style to match a design NEW
      4m 0s
  18. 39m 11s
    1. Exploring initial drawing creation NEW
      5m 6s
    2. Placing base and projected views NEW
      9m 31s
    3. Creating section views NEW
      8m 0s
    4. Creating detail views NEW
      3m 56s
    5. Creating a breakout view NEW
      5m 41s
    6. Creating auxiliary and cropped views NEW
      6m 57s
  19. 25m 57s
    1. Creating general dimensions NEW
      9m 20s
    2. Changing dimension precision NEW
      4m 21s
    3. Creating baseline, ordinate, and chain dimensions NEW
      5m 51s
    4. Creating baseline, ordinate, and chain dimension sets NEW
      6m 25s
  20. 10m 43s
    1. Creating individual balloons NEW
      4m 34s
    2. Creating a group of balloons with automatic ballooning NEW
      3m 40s
    3. Adding a parts list to the drawing NEW
      2m 29s
  21. 30s
    1. Next steps

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