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Auto Scroll in browser to selected part

Status: Accepted
by Valued Contributor timdown73 on ‎12-06-2012 06:05 AM

It would be a nice option if the browser automatically scrolled to the part I have selected, rather than having to click "Find in browser".  The selected part already highlights in the browser but if you happen to be north or south of it in the browser you have to click "Find in browser".  Instead, just make the browser scroll to the highlighted part.  Have this as an auto-scroll option that could be turned on or off.

Status: Accepted
Accepted idea [US4559]. Thanks!
by Employee on ‎01-28-2013 12:52 PM
Status changed to: Comments Requested
We select things as you cruise your mouse (i.e. preview) I assume you wouldn't want that because the browser would be jumping and flashing like crazy. So let's assume it only works on "final" selection (left mouse click). Some questions: How does it handle multiple selections (window or control click)? They might not be on the same "page" of the browser. Does it work for all selections that have a browser equivalent? (Features, work geometry, etc.)
by Valued Contributor timdown73 on ‎01-28-2013 01:28 PM

Thanks so much for considering my idea!


I hadn't considered multiple selections when I posted the idea, but I have listed some possible suggestions below.


  • (Correct, this would be a left click final selection function.)  
  • For multiple selections...If you already have the browser tree expanded when you start selecting multiple objects, the tree would autmatically collapse to fit more of the selected objects in the window.
  • If you have the tree collapsed when you begin selecting multiple objects it would expand as needed to include them in the window.
  • I suppose it could work for any browser equivalent item, though that wasn't my original intent but why not.:smileyhappy:
  • I also think it's critical that this be an option that the user could turn on or off.
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by Employee on ‎03-18-2013 11:53 AM
Status changed to: Accepted
Accepted idea [US4559]. Thanks!
by Employee on ‎11-20-2013 07:53 AM
Couple more comments since I saw there was a duplicate created. This would probably not be enabled for Express mode because expanding in the browser will cause documents to be sucked into memory and defeat the purpose of Express mode, which for selection seems overkill. Express mode works best with EXPLICIT user actions. Many selections (faces, edges, etc.) do not have browser equivalents and could not work for this obviously.
by Valued Contributor timdown73 on ‎11-20-2013 08:35 AM

Fair enough.  Thanks for the update, and again thanks for considering the idea and listening to the user base.

by yebyps on ‎11-28-2013 08:32 PM

Hi.  I'm just changing to Inventor after having used Solidworks for fifteen years.  This aspect of not automatically scrolling the browser to the part clicked on the screen is one of the most annoying changes in behaviour.  The issue of selecting multiple parts is a bit of a red herring - one only does this in exceptional circumstances, whereas clicking a single part, and wanting to inspect its details, is a common action. At least when the part is rightclicked and edit selected, it does autoscroll, and I'll use this as a workaround in the mean time. 

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