SOLIDWORKS 2017 Link Counterpart Location Label to a Display Zone

Article by Saeed Mojarad (CSWE) updated October 18, 2016


In my previous post “Using location Labels in SOLIDWORKS Drawings” I explained this neat tool and why you need it. However, in previous versions of SOLIDWORKS the location labels can only point to the zone of the parent view’s centroid. This may be confusing when you have a complex drawing with multiple detail and section views. For example, consider the drawing that is presented below. As you can see all of the location labels are pointing to one zone (C4) which is the centroid of the parent view. But, as you can see the actual section lines and detail circle are in different zones.


Location linked to view center

Now, in SOLIDWORKS 2017 you have the option to point to the location of the counterpart location label instead of the centroid of the parent view.

It makes it easier to find where the detail and section views come from. To set this option, click Tools > Options > Document Properties > Annotations > Location Label and select “Display zone of counterpart location label”. Here you can see the same drawing using that option. As you can see, by having that option selected, the location labels are displaying the zone of the counterpart location label of the associated parent or child view.

SOLIDWORKS Counterpart Location linked to zone

Location linked to zone

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Saeed Mojarad (CSWE)

Saeed Mojarad is an application engineer at Javelin Technologies. He received his B.S from Mazandaran University, Iran; and his M.S. from École de technologie supérieure (ETS), Canada. He has several years of experience using SOLIDWORKS in different industries such as manufacturing and aerospace. Currently located in Calgary, he is helping SOLIDWORKS users all across Canada as a technical support and SOLIDWORKS instructor.