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Utilizing the Accessory Window

The accessory window enables you to manipulate the incoming component individually to facilitate reference selection.
• Accessory window uses:
– Component placement
– Data sharing
– Sheetmetal forms
• Toggle the accessory window on or off.
• The accessory window can be docked or undocked.

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Figure 1 – Viewing the Accessory Window
Utilizing the Accessory Window

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Figure 2 – Docked Accessory Window Model Tree
When assembling components, you can use the accessory window. The accessory window displays only the incoming model, enabling you to
manipulate the component individually to facilitate reference selection. You an toggle the accessory window on or off by clicking the Show In Separate Window instances:
icon. The accessory window can be used in the following
• Component placement — The accessory window can be particularly beneficial if you are assembling a very small component into a very large
assembly.
• Data sharing
• Sheetmetal forms
The accessory window contains its own In Graphics toolbar, enabling you to control the contents of the accessory window separately from that of the graphics window.

When the accessory window is toggled on, you can select whether or not to display the incoming model in the graphics window by clicking the Show In Assembly Window icon. Of course, you can select references on the incoming model in either the accessory window or the graphics window, depending on where it is displayed.
The accessory window can be docked or undocked. If docked, it appears within the Creo Parametric graphics window, and always in front, preventing windows from getting lost behind other open windows. You can drag the window to a different location within the graphics window or resize it in the same way you can modify any other conventional window. When the accessory window is docked, the model tree pane splits and displays the incoming model’s model tree at the lower portion. The accessory window model tree supports layer tree functionality.
If the accessory window is undocked, the incoming model’s model tree displays in that window. The undocked accessory window model tree also supports layer tree functionality. You can undock the accessory window by setting a configuration option.
Accessory Window Config.pro Options The following configuration options determine the accessory window behavior:
• accessory_window_display — Controls the display of the accessory window. Options include:
– docked — Places the accessory window as a separate window within the graphics window.
– undocked — Places the accessory window as a separate window in addition to the Creo Parametric window.
• comp_assemble_start — Sets the initial assembly placement behavior when assembling a new component. Options include, but are not limited to:
– default — Displays the incoming model in the main graphics window only.
– constrain_in_window — Displays the incoming model in the accessory window only

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