Quick Measurements with the Status Bar (Enhanced in SOLIDWORKS 2015)

Article by Scott Durksen, CSWE updated February 26, 2015


If you need quick measurements from your model, you don’t always have to launch the Measure tool.  Selecting edges or faces will give you simple values in the Status Bar at the bottom of your screen.  Depending on what you select, you can find some useful information.  NEW in SolidWorks 2015 is the ability to select cylindrical faces.  Here are a list of selections you can use for a quick measurement.

NOTE: Click on each image to expand

Select a VERTEX to get its Cartesian coordinates:


Select a VERTEX and a LINE to get the normal distance between:

Vertex to Line


Select TWO VERTICES to get the distance and the delta X, Y, Z:

Two Vertices

Select ONE EDGE to get its length:

Edge Length

Select TWO PARALLEL EDGES to get the normal distance and total combined length:
Two Edges - ParallelSelect TWO NON-PARALLEL EDGES to get the angle between:

Two Edges - Non-parallel

Select MULTIPLE EDGES to get the total combined length:

Multiple Edges


Select a CIRCULAR ARC EDGE to get the radius and the center Cartesian coordinates:

Arc Edge

Select a CIRCULAR EDGE to get the diameter and center Cartesian coordinates:

Circular Edge


Select TWO PARALLEL PLANAR FACES to get the normal distance:

Two Faces - Parallel

Select TWO NON-PARALLEL PLANAR FACES to get the angle between:

Two Faces - Non-Parallel


NEW IN SOLIDWORKS 2015 – Select a CYLINDRICAL ARC FACE to get the radius:

2015 - Radius Face

NEW IN SOLIDWORKS 2015 – Select a CYLINDRICAL FACE to get the diameter:

2015 - Cylindrical Face

NEW IN SOLIDWORKS 2015 – Select TWO PARALLEL CYLINDRICAL FACES to get the distance between axes:

2015 - Two Cylinders

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Scott Durksen, CSWE

Scott is a SOLIDWORKS Elite Applications Engineer and is based in our Dartmouth, Nova Scotia office.