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One of the easiest approaches to locating files in Vault is to use the expanded query builder.  This allows you to incrementally add commonly used search terms as needed in order to find just what you are looking for.  You can customize your Vault interface by adding or removing the displayed fields as needed.

Take a look at an example video HERE.

Electrical – In’s and Out’s of Surfer

The easiest way to move from reference to reference inside of electrical is taking advantage of the surfer command. This command has a lot more potential than you may use it for. Take a look at the video I put together of how surfer can be used.


The definition – Moves from reference to reference across the project drawing set. You can surf on a component tag, catalog number, wire number, item number, or a report table cell containing any of these types of values.

 Let’s take a look!!!
Electrical – In’s and Out’s of Surfer


Inventor Command Search

One of my favorite new features in Inventor 2010 and 2011 is the command search capability from the main Inventor menu.  Simply click the “I” and start typing.  Inventor brings up matches based on the command name, ribbon pane name, or even options within a specific command.  In addition it tells us where to find the command in the user interface, or you can simply pick it off the search results list.

To use the search, start by picking the Inventor menu:

Then start typing to get a list of possible matches:

You can see how the search even returns result based on the ribbon bar pane names.  Excellent!

For a better look, watch a video example HERE.

Tracking design projects in Vault

I have previously discussed the merits of saving searches in Vault for immediate reuse of any search conducted with the Vault “Find” command, but there are some interesting combinations that I have recently run across. If you are like most engineers or designers, you probably have multiple jobs or projects you are managing at the same time. This can make it really confusing to keep track of what has been completed, and what still requires additional work.

Using saved searches in Vault with a combination of folder locations and file status can be a great way to quickly see the status of your current designs.
Here is an example of a saved search that locates all of the files still checked out beneath a specific Vault folder structure (core Vault):
Here are all of the WIP files in another Vault location (Vault Workgroup and above):

So whatever level of Vault you are using, there is a search that can help you out with determining project completion, and finding that require additional work.

Contributed by Ben of the Tata Technologies CAD Geeks

How do I search in ACADE?

After I started using AutoCAD Electrical for a few months I came up with the simplest question. How do I find information in my project?

ACADE has ‘Find and Replace’ commands. I can use the surfer on the symbols if I know where they are but if you check the command line then you’ll see that the surfer is your search tool!

Type it to Surf it!

Created by Josh, Yet another CAD Geek

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