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Automatically add Scale Labels to all SOLIDWORKS Drawing Views that are not set to Sheet Scale

Article by Scott Durksen, CSWE created/updated February 19, 2017

When you create SOLIDWORKS drawing views, you have the option of assigning the scale of each view.  If set as Sheet Scale, they will be linked to the overall scale assigned in the drawing properties (as seen in the Title Block).  Auxiliary, Detail and Section Views will automatically add a label indicating the scale if it’s different than the Sheet Scale.  However any other views (i.e. Front, Right, Isometric, etc) SOLIDWORKS won’t automatically add labels by default if the scale is set to something other than the Sheet Scale.

Section/Detail views have SOLIDWORKS Scale Label

Section/Detail views have Scale Label – Isometric view with custom scale has no label by default

To add a SOLIDWORKS scale label by default on all other views, there are options in the Document Properties for ‘Orthographic’ and ‘Other’ view types.  ‘Orthographic’ views are your standard Front, Top, Right, etc.  The ‘Other’ views would be Isometric, Dimetric, etc.  Simply enable the option “Add view label on view creation” and make sure the label options have it set as you wish for Scale and Delimiter.  Below I have them set to “Per standard” to pick up the ANSI standard of labels.

Document Properties - Orthographic Views scale label

Document Properties – Orthographic Views scale label

Document Properties - Other Views scale label

Document Properties – Other Views scale label

Now any NEW view added to your drawing will have a SOLIDWORKS Scale Label automatically added to any drawing view, but only if the view is set to a scale that doesn’t match the Sheet Scale.

New Views Added will have Scale Label if different than Sheet Scale

New Views Added will have Scale Label if different than Sheet Scale

Be sure to enable these options in your Drawing Templates to keep these settings for all future drawings.

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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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