This example demonstrates how to bring the document selected by path to foreground (make active) using ISldWorks::ActivateDoc3 SOLIDWORKS API.
Document can be opened in 2 states (visible or hidden). Hidden document are usually models which are loaded into the memory from the components in the assembly or drawing. In this case when ISldWorks::OpenDoc6 method is called the document will not be brought foreground automatically. Similar scenario applies to closing the document which is loaded as a component: document will be made invisible rather than closed.
- Run the macro when no files are opened - file will be opened and closed
- Open assembly and run the macro. In this case ISldWorks::OpenDoc6 API doesn’t force the part to be brought foreground, so it is required to force activate it.
Const FILE_NAME As String = "SimpleBox.SLDPRT" Dim swApp As SldWorks.SldWorks Sub main() Set swApp = Application.SldWorks Dim swModel As SldWorks.ModelDoc2 Dim path As String path = swApp.GetCurrentMacroPathFolder() & "\" & FILE_NAME Set swModel = swApp.GetOpenDocumentByName(path) Dim wasVisible As Boolean If Not swModel Is Nothing Then wasVisible = swModel.Visible End If Set swModel = swApp.OpenDoc6(path, swDocumentTypes_e.swDocPART, swOpenDocOptions_e.swOpenDocOptions_Silent, "", 0, 0) If Not swModel Is Nothing Then swApp.ActivateDoc3 swModel.GetTitle(), False, swRebuildOnActivation_e.swDontRebuildActiveDoc, 0 End If MsgBox "Was Visible: " & wasVisible If False = wasVisible Then swApp.CloseDoc swModel.GetTitle End If End Sub