SOLIDWORKS Sketch Point will not Delete?!

Article by Chris Briand, CSWE updated February 23, 2016


Have you ever attempted to delete a point from a sketch and the SOLIDWORKS Sketch Point will not delete?! (Just like those relatives who come over for dinner and don’t know when to leave…in any case…I digress.)

In this case all of the points in the sketch are selected and the “DELETE” key is used. The user then receives the error message that the “Sketch endpoints and center points cannot be deleted unless the endpoint is a split point of a curve”

SOLIDWORKS Sketch Point will not Delete?!

Sketch points cannot be deleted

Of course the first reaction to this (and second, and third), usually contain expletives  that may not be appropriate for the design office environment.

Upon closer inspection of the errant point, we discover that the point looks slightly different than a normal point, that would have been placed with the “Point” tool.

One of these points is not like the others

One of these points is not like the others

The mystery is solved once we attempt to edit the sketched text. The remaining point is the insertion point for the text as the curve reference in the Sketch Text PropertyManager is now missing as shown in the figure below:

Missing Curve reference

Missing curve reference for sketch text

Generally this point will place itself at the origin of a sketch when a sketch line or curve is selected to locate the sketch text.  When the line was deleted and the Sketch Text dialog closed, the text will snap back to relate itself back to the insertion point.

Sketch text point

Sketch text point

This point is there to stay along with your sketched text, if your text is defined by a line or a curve, the best thing to do is to relate the “extra” point to (and set it on-top of ) another endpoint of a line or a curve in your sketch to keep it out of harm’s way.

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Chris Briand, CSWE

Chris has been educating and supporting Engineers, Designers and IT Personnel within the 3D CAD industry since 2002, and was adopted into the fantastic team of applications experts here at Javelin Technologies in early 2006 and migrated along with his team members to the TriMech Solutions team in 2021.  Chris enjoys the continuous learning driven by the ingenuity and challenges Designers bring forward. Innovation using 3D Printing, 3D CAD and other technologies, combined with a diverse background as a technologist, allows Chris to find solutions that accelerate Designers, and take Design Teams to new heights. Chris is currently being held at an undisclosed location, near Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.