Why do my SOLIDWORKS Printed Drawings have Grid Lines?

Article by Saeed Mojarad (CSWE) updated March 1, 2017


In some cases, we may need to show SOLIDWORKS grid lines in our drawings or sketches for reference. To set grid and snap options you can click ToolsOptions and on the Document Properties tab, select Grid/Snap.

I recently received a call from a customer asking:

“Why do I have grid lines in my printed drawing when I have deselected the ‘Display Grid’ option in my Document Properties?”

Display Grid option

Display Grid option

Fortunately, the answer was easy. The setting that controls printing the grid lines is not in the SOLIDWORKS settings but in your printer’s settings. If you go to File and click on Print, SOLIDWORKS will open the print window. In the lower left corner, you can see Print grid check box. Deselect that box to stop the printer from printing the grid lines.

SOLIDWORKS Grid Lines Print Grid option in Print dialog

Print Grid option in Print dialog

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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.