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Document Page Thumbnails -- Why Do They Change?

I have noticed that the thumbnails showing the part or model on the document page change from a view of the part studio to a view of the drawing. Is there a reason for this and can I set the view? 



  • NeilCookeNeilCooke Moderator, Onshape Employees Posts: 1,451
    Hi Richard, the thumbnail is of the last thing modified. 
    Neil Cooke, Director of Technical Marketing, Onshape Inc.
  • brucebartlettbrucebartlett Member, OS Professional, Mentor Posts: 1,578 PRO
    I don't like them changing to the drawings or jpg, I much prefer to see a 3d model as the image. Ideally, I'd put the top assembly in the product's structure on the first tab and that would show as the image. 
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  • philip_thomasphilip_thomas Member, Onshape Employees, Developers Posts: 1,059
    Sounds like an enhancement request to specify an element (tab) that is to be used as the default thumbnail ;)
    Philip Thomas - Onshape
  • Paul_J_PremakumarPaul_J_Premakumar Member, Onshape Employees Posts: 99

     Please vote for this enhancement request here : https://forum.onshape.com/discussion/comment/30180#Comment_25086
  • owen_sparksowen_sparks Member, Developers Posts: 1,479 PRO
    @Paul_J_Premakumarthat seems to be a discussion thread not an IR?

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  • richard_worshamrichard_worsham Member Posts: 6 PRO
    Thanks for the answers on this. I wouldn't mind if the thumbnail actually updated from the last thing you were working on, but in my experience it seems to do so randomly. Personally, I too would like it to just be a view of the part studio. Seeing a view of the drawing at that scale really isn't helpful.
  • Paul_J_PremakumarPaul_J_Premakumar Member, Onshape Employees Posts: 99
    @owen_sparks : You are right. Thanks for pointing it out.

    @richard_worsham: Sorry for the bad information. You can create a new improvement request here : https://forum.onshape.com/categories/improvement-voting or file a ticket with support. They'll be able to create a ticket for us. Your inputs help us prioritize the features we need to work on.
  • billy2billy2 Member, OS Professional, Mentor, Developers Posts: 967 PRO
    Here's a different way to find documents, parts, assemblies & drawings. 


    It might become a  more permanent thing in the near future.

  • rian_wendlingrian_wendling Member Posts: 5 PRO
    The thumbnail seems to change to something I don't want and remain that way. It isn't based off the last change. I have a document that I've changed hundreds of time and it has a thumbnail of a part that I imported to make an assembly. The thumbnail is of something that has never changed. 
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