SOLIDWORKS Inspection 2017 Lock Inspection Balloons to Prevent Renumbering

Article by Sanja Srzic updated December 15, 2016


By default, removing an inspection balloon results in the remaining balloons being renumbered according to the original order.  This change of balloon numbers associated with characteristics creates discrepancy with the existing inspection reports, which may lead to confusion or mistakes.  In SOLIDWORKS Inspection 2017, you can now lock inspection balloons to prevent renumbering.

Start with a new Inspection project and select the Lock Balloons option in the Characteristic Info section.

Lock inspection balloons option

Lock Balloons Option

In an existing project, note the balloon numbering:

Example Balloons

Example Balloons

In this example, after the balloon #1 is deleted, the remaining balloons keep their original numbers.

Balloon numbers are retained

Balloon numbers are retained

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Sanja Srzic

Sanja is the SOLIDWORKS Technical Support Team Leader for Western Canada, and is based in the Javelin Winnipeg Office