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Components in an assembly are usually related to other components using assembly constraints to define their positions. When you understand how constraints affect components, you can delete components .
How can components be deleted?
Select components in the browser or the graphics window , and then delete (right-click and select Delete) or cut (press CTRL + X) the components. A copy of a cut component is placed on the Clipboard and may be pasted into another file.
- Placed components can be selected in the graphics window or the browser.
- Parts created in place can only be deleted when the top-level assembly in the browser is active. You can then select the part created in place from the graphics window or the browser.
- Parts nested in subassemblies can only be deleted when the subassembly is active. Double-click the subassembly in the browser to open the file, and then select a component.
How are the remaining components affected?
- Deleting components might restore degrees of freedom to components that were previously fully constrained.
- Deleting components to which adaptive parts are constrained may allow parts to change size or shape.
- Deleting one of several occurrences of the same component has no effect on the automatic naming scheme in the browser. A custom naming scheme may need to be revised if the naming referred to the deleted component.
Delete assembly components
When you delete components created in place or placed directly in an open assembly, you might need to reapply constraints or recreate features.
To delete a part created in place, double-click the top-level assembly in the browser to activate the assembly. Select a component in the graphics window or the browser, and then choose one of the following actions:
- Press the Delete key.
- Right-click and select Delete.
- Press CTRL-X to cut the component from the assembly and move it to the Clipboard. The component is deleted from the current assembly, but can be pasted into another file.
NoteTo delete a component nested within a subassembly, double-click the subassembly in the graphics window or browser to open its file. You can then select and delete its components.