Learn how to prepare and import annotation Word documents.
- [Instructor] Custom annotations can be any type of annotation you might want to add to your drawings. We're going to open the Chapter 4 - Begin SolidWorks file. We're going to open the NOTES.doc file in Word. And then we're going to use Select All to select all the text. And we're going to do Control-C to copy it to the clipboard. And then select the Note tool, place the note. And then we're going to click inside the Note box, press Control-V to paste the note. We're going to set up the font, format the text, clean it up a little bit so it looks nice.
And then we're going to highlight it, add some Numbering because SolidWorks now has these really nice editing tools inside it to make it easier for you to format your text. And then we're going to add it to the library. To add it to the library, you select the note, you assign a file name, verify the note's being placed in the correct folder, and type a description, and green check. And then we're going to test it to make sure that it works properly. Okay, so I've opened up the chapter four begin drawing, and I also have where I have my Notes files, where I've downloaded them.
I'm going to open these up, and they're going to open in Word. And I want to Select All, so everything's selected, and then press Control-C for copy. I could also select Copy up here. Then I'm going back to my drawing, and I'm going to my Annotation ribbon. I'm going to select my Note tool. I'm going to place my note, and I'm just going to press Control-V. So as you can see, it's pretty out there in terms of how it got placed.
But once it's placed, I can zoom out and clean it up. I want it to be Arial size 10, and notice you can adjust the box to clean it up. All these little squares here, those indicate Enter or Return inside of Word. I'm going to make the first line bold and underline, and then I'm going to go through and I'm going to create my own Returns and delete these others.
So wherever I see this square, I know that I need to drop down a line and delete the square. So I'm going through and I'm just kind of making sure that my formatting's correct. This is kind of unfortunate because Word does add a lot of formatting into the document, and it's just something you kind of have to deal with. So once again, I'm just going through, I'm locating those squares and putting a Return everywhere I see a square, or an Enter, and dropping it down a line and then deleting the square symbol.
Now there are some places where I've got some fill-in-the-blanks, so you can go in and you can just fill in the blanks to whatever value you want them to be. And you'll notice as it formats, it starts looking a lot better. And then I'm just going to window around everything, select everything, and add numbers. And notice that cleans it up really nicely. So now I've got this nice general note that I typed up in Word, because sometimes it's easier to type and check things in Word.
And I've imported it as a note. But I want to be able to reuse this on more than one drawing, because it would be kind of a shame if I only used it on a single drawing. It's such a nice note. So I'm going to come over here to My Awesome Library, and I'm going to add it to My Awesome Annotations. So right here is my tool, and this is the tool you want to be looking for, this one right here. It's for Add to Library. So locate that tool, make sure that you highlight the folder where you want to place your annotation or whatever you're adding to your Design Library, so that it's placed in the correct folder.
So you'll notice that I've got My Awesome Annotations highlighted, and you can see it highlighted in blue. And then I'm going to select Add to Library. And so it asks me, what do you want to add? I'm going to say I want to add this annotation. And then it asks me, what do you want to call this annotation? I'm going to call it General Notes, and I'm going to say Aluminum Nickel Finish. And then I'm going to come down here and I'm going to give it a description.
Filling these in might sound like it's really tedious, but it's going to be really important later on because you're going to have more than one note, and you're going to want to be able to identify which notes you're using. So notice right here, I can confirm that it's going into the Awesome Annotations folder. And I'm giving it a description and a name to make it easy to identify. And then I'm going to green check. Okay, now when I come to the Design Library, notice my General Notes right here.
What's very cool is that if I highlight over it, it tells me what it's called and it's easy for me to identify what it's doing. So let's test it. So I'm going to open up my chapter four test file. And I just added a link there to make sure that it knew which part is being used in my drawing. And then I'm going to come over to My Design Library, and I'm going to just locate those General Notes, and I'm going to drag and drop them in and then hit the X.
That's how fast and easy it is. Yes, it was a lot of work on the front end creating the annotation, but now I've created the annotation, I can reuse that in any drawing and place it easily.
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- Creating a feature to be reused
- Saving a feature to the Design Library
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