Many of you liked one of my recent posts concerning not needing to trim overlapping profiles in a 2D sketch. Since it was all about not using the trim command, I decided to post a tip around using the Trim and Extend commands to your advantage. As I have mentioned in the past, I was a long time AutoCAD user and still carry some of that baggage around with me (for good or bad). I have always liked the Trim / Extrude commands in AutoCAD which allows you to pre-select things like the cutting edge when trimming. There is a trick to make the Trim and Extend commands in Inventor feel much the same way as AutoCAD if you miss your old workflows.
In this case I have I want to extend the line on the left, to the vertical edge to the right. Typically you would select extend command and select the the line 6 times to extend it incrementally over to the right. Well there's a better way!
Once you enter the Extend command hold down the CTRL command to select the far right edge of the line you want to extend to. Now you can select the vertical line to extend it to the vertical edge with one click!
This also works for Trim. Enter into the Trim command and select just the lines that will participate in the trim. From there you can select the portion you want to trim without having to do that incremental trim.