How to bring back SOLIDWORKS Classic Icons & Colours

Article by Chris Briand, CSWE updated May 12, 2016


For those that have been forced to undertake a change to your SOLIDWORKS User Interface in 2016, there is good news – The COLOURS ARE BACK! in SOLIDWORKS 2016 SP3.

In order to return the Icons to their “Classic” colored styling, do the following:

  • Navigate to the new option “Icon Color” (Tools > Options > System Options tab > Colors) and choose the “classic” setting.
  • Confirm the selection by clicking “OK” and closing the Options dialog.
Classic Mode Selection

Classic Mode Selection

SOLIDWORKS will now have the classic icons in the CommandManager, toolbars and the FeatureManager design tree as shown in the figure below:

SOLIDWORKS Classic Icons

SOLIDWORKS Classic Icons

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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.