Hotkey: Expand All

It is not well known that you can expand all branches and sub-branches of the model tree in the Model view, rulesets in the Checking view, and results in the Results view by pressing the Ctrl + ► key combination.  Likewise, you can collapse all branches by hitting the Ctrl + ◄ key combination.

Benefit: Save time and see all information at once using the Ctrl + ► key combination.

Select an item such as spaces on a specific floor in the model tree:


Press Ctrl + ► to expand all branches of items below the selected item:


All spaces and their contained components are listed in the model tree.

Select a ruleset such as one that checks for intersecting components, and press Ctrl + ► to expand all branches of rules below the selected ruleset:


All rules are expanded grouped by their parent rulesets:


More information on hotkeys can be found in the article:

Hotkey: Expand All

Hotkeys in SMC

In Solibri Model Checker (SMC) there are many short cuts, or hotkeys that can be used to quickly access useful functions.  You can quickly find information on these hotkeys by hovering the pointer over items within SMC to display a tooltip with a listing of corresponding hotkeys:

Section Tool hotkey tooltip
Section Tool hotkey tooltip

NOTE: If you are working on a Mac, and are unsure of the keyboard symbols displayed in the tooltip, you can find a listing of these symbols here:
OS X Yosemite: What are those symbols shown in menus?

Below, we have created a table of some of our most used short cuts, or ones that we find particularly helpful to know. By applying these short cuts, significant time can be saved changing between functions or tools in SMC. Once you have incorporated some of these short cuts into your workflow, you should quickly notice improved efficiency.

Windows Hotkey

Mac Hotkey


Navigation Modes
1 1 Pan
2 2 Spin
3 3 Walk
4 4 Game
Component Tools
5 5 Info
6 6 Select
7 7 Hide
8 8 Markup
9 9 Dimension
0 0 Sectioning
Visibility Commands
Ctrl+Shift+A Ctrl+Shift+A Show All
Component Visibility
Alt+S Option+S Show/Hide Space
Alt+W Option+W Show/Hide Wall
Alt+L Option+L Show/Hide Slab
Alt+C Option+C Show/Hide Suspended Ceiling
Alt+R Option+R Show/Hide Roof
Alt+D Option+D Show/Hide Door
Alt+W Option+W Show/Hide Window
Alt+B Option+B Show/Hide Beam
Alt+O Option+O Show/Hide Column
Alt+T Option+T Show/Hide Stair
Zoom Commands
Home Function+Left Arrow Zoom Extents
Ctrl+KeyPad-1,3,7,9 Ctrl+KeyPad-1,3,7,9 SW, SE, NW, NE Viewpoints
Ctrl+ KeyPad-2,4,6,8 Ctrl+ KeyPad-2,4,6,8 N, W, E, S Viewpoints
Ctrl+KeyPad-5 Ctrl+KeyPad-5 Top-Down Viewpoint
Ctrl+Shift+O Ctrl+Shift+O Perspective/Orthogonal
T T Show/Hide Section Plane
X, Alt+X, Y, Alt+Y X, Alt+X, Y, Alt+Y Rotate Section Plane
Ctrl Ctrl Move Section Plane Slowly
Backspace DELETE Flip Section Plane
Space Space Next Section Plane
Delete N/A Delete Section Plane
Shift+Left Click Shift + Left Click Select Part
Ctrl+R Ctrl+R Continuous Spin
W,A,S,D W,A,S,D Walk
Ctrl+► Ctrl+► Expand Tree (Model Tree / Checking)
Hotkeys in SMC

The Classification View Menu Bar

The following article will provide a brief explanation of the various icon buttons in the Classification view.  Remember, you can hover over buttons within Solibri Model Checker (SMC) and a tooltip will open providing the button name.  For more information on Classification view and its Classification Settings dialog, please browse to the Contents > Views > Classification View topic in the online Solibri Model Checker Help:

The Classification View
The Classification View

CONTAINMENT_HIERARCHY Switch to Containment Hierarchy – Elements in the Classification view are displayed using a hierarchy as below:

The Containment Hierarchy
The Containment Hierarchy

COMPONENT_HIERARCHY Switch to Classification Hierarchy – Elements in the Classification view are displayed using a hierarchy as below:

The Classification Hierarchy
The Classification Hierarchy

New Classification New Classification  Creates a new classification, and opens the Classification Settings dialog.

Add Classification Open Classifications – Opens the Add Classifications dialog to browse and open one or more .classification files.

Close Classification Close Classifications – Closes any selected classifications and removes them from the Classifications view.

Enable/Disable Visualization Enable/Disable Visualization – When enabled, selecting elements in the Classification view isolates those items in the 3D view. Also, the elements are colored according to the color set in the Default Classification Name table in the Classification Settings.  When disabled, the view remains unchanged when selecting elements in the Classification view.

Classification_Settings Classification Settings – Opens the Classification Settings dialog for the classification currently selected in the Classification view.

Manual Classification Manual Classification – Opens the Manual Classification dialog for the classification currently selected in the Classification view

Add to Selection Basket Add to Selection Basket – Adds components selected in the Classification view to the selection basket.

Remove from Selection Basket Remove from Selection Basket Removes components selected in the Classification view from the selection basket.

Set to Selection Basket Set to Selection Basket Sets components selected in the Classification view to the selection basket.

Undock Dock/Undock Docking places the Classification view into a specific position in the current layout. Undocking undocks the Classification view from the layout to float anywhere on screen.

Maximize Maximize – Resizes the Classification view to fill the entire screen.

SMC Classification Icon SMC Classification Icon – An SMC classification icon appears next to classifications that were created in SMC.

IFC Classification Icon IFC Classification Icon An IFC classification icon appears next to IfcClassifications that are part of an IFC model.

The Classification View Menu Bar

Solibri Model Checker Help and Tutorials

You can easily access Online Help and Tutorials within Solibri Model Checker (SMC) with the click of a button. Each out-of-the-box layout (File, Model, Checking, Communication, and Information Takeoff) has an online video tutorial.  To view the tutorial, click the Tutorial Video of Selected Layout button in the top right of the application:

Tutorial of Selected Layout Button

The tutorial for whatever layout you currently have open will load in your browser:

Online Layout Tutorial
Online Layout Tutorial
You can access these tutorials outside the application by clicking the link below:

In addition, if you need help while working on a ruleset in SMC, you can quickly access the rule help by clicking the link in the Info view after selecting the rule in the Checking view:

Rule Help within the Info View
Rule Help within the Info View
If you are currently in the Ruleset Manager, you can access the rule help by clicking the help icon in the Ruleset Folders, Libraries or Workspace views.

Rule Help within Ruleset Manager
Rule Help within Ruleset Manager
The corresponding online help for that specific rule template will load in your browser:

Solibri Model Checker Help
Solibri Model Checker Help
The help documents for the rules are also available outside the application through the following link:

Solibri Model Checker Help and Tutorials