Using the ALT Key while Routing in SOLIDWORKS 2017 will speed up your workflow

Article by Chris Briand, CSWE updated December 6, 2016


The ALT key has been a staple of SOLIDWORKS functionality for a very long time now. It is one of our primary modifiers to intact various functionality, or cancel automated functionality. The ability to cancel functionality has been extended into the SOLIDWORKS 2017 Routing Add-in!

When using the Drag & Drop functionality to pull a routing component from the Design Library — pressing the ALT Key will allow you to place a fitting and avoid the creation of a Route based upon placing the component.  This means less trips to the cancel button to cancel the route properties setup after it auto-starts.

SOLIDWORKS 2017 Routing ALT key to cancel route creation

ALT key to cancel route creation


Stay tuned to the Javelin Blog for additional tips that may speed up your own workflow using SOLIDWORKS 2017!

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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.