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Now that we've looked at the interface and the menu system it's time to look at project files. Project files are essentially Inventor's map to the files. As you create a new project, Inventor will store any file that you save after that into a specific project location that you define. At any point, you can create as many projects as you want and locate them anywhere on your network or on your hard drive as you build files. And what Inventor will allow you to do is quickly switch between projects so that Inventor knows exactly what files you want to work on and where to store those files as you save them.
I'm going to start by showing where project files can be found. And then I'll show what the results are. As we work through this portion through the course, by the end of it, you'll have a project file that you'll be able to use for the remainder of the course. Project files can be found on the toolbar under the Getting Started tab on the Launch panel. Here on the toolbar. By clicking on the Projects button, you'll see the Project dialog box. And it's split into two main sections. The top half lists all the projects that you have created up to this point, and the location on the hard drive or network where they're located.
And down below you'll see some of the project settings. Now we're not going to get to all the project settings. There's a lot of power here and a lot of capability when it comes to selecting where to put library files and content files and potentially moving things to network locations. But, what's really important here, for us, as new learners, is the ability to create a project so that you can segment your files and not get them mixed up as you're learning. From a commercial standpoint, out in industry, you're probably already working on multiple projects anyway, and this will allow you to understand how to set up projects so that you can quickly switch between different focus areas as you are working.
On the screen you can see that I have many different projects. On your screen however, you might only see one. Probably the default project. And the default project works fine. It's just location on your hard drive, where Inventor's going to store files. But after you work for a little bit and do some practice files and save it, you're going to realize that you actually want to start to build something specific, whether it's a coffee mug or a lamp or a project for work or just some practice files to get the hang of Inventor. You're going to want to create a new project file.
That way, you can move and store files that are related to each other in a specific location. Right now I have the Inventor Essentials project enabled, and I'm going to walk you through how to create this throughout the next series of videos. To see what a project file does, I'm going to click Done, and then I'm going to click the Open dialog. In the Open dialog box is where you're going to see the result of enabling a project file. Because I have the Inventor Essentials project, or the Inventor Essentials.ipj enabled, you're looking into the root folder that I defined for this project.
And that's the exercise file folder. You also see some frequently used subfolders that will allow me to quickly switch between chapters. And you see all the folders that are available for each of these chapters. From this project drop down list, however, I can select from any other projects we saw on the previous dialog box by simply selecting it from the drop down menu. Now, I have an iPadholder.ipj. And when I select it, you can see that the interface changes. I no longer have frequently used subfolders, but I do have content center files in a library section.
I also have no folders, but you can see some of the files that I've created. Now, as you start creating your own, you'll start to see this list be populated, and you'll be able to select any of the projects that you create as you move forward.
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