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Selecting Faces with the SOLIDWORKS Select Other tool

Article by Scott Durksen, CSWE created/updated June 16, 2016

The ‘Select Other’ is a common tool used in SOLIDWORKS, but some may not be aware of its functionality or the extra right-click option.  This command has been around for a long time and is one of many tools and techniques taught in SOLIDWORKS training courses to improve your efficiency.

Perhaps you need to select a face on the opposite side but it’s hidden or difficult to access.  Save yourself some time when defining mates in assemblies by not needing to rotate around to see each face.

Select Other

Select Other

Simply right-click on a face that is in the way choose the ‘Select Other’ command from the context-sensitive toolbar.  This will hide the face you right-clicked on and bring up a pick list of all other faces that were behind.  You can hover your cursor over the items in the pick list and see the highlighted faces and make your selection.

Pick list

Pick list

Or you can move your cursor over the specified faces to select.  Notice that your cursor shows a little mouse icon beside it.  The right mouse button shows a Hide icon.  You can right-click on any remaining faces to hide until you can easily see and select the face you need.

Right click to hide

Right click to hide

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Scott Durksen, CSWE

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

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