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An overview of the Print Selection option in SOLIDWORKS

Article by Sanja Srzic created/updated March 10, 2017

SOLIDWORKS Print Selection is used in situations where only a portion of a SOLIDWORKS drawing needs to be printed.  This option is found in the Print dialog and becomes available when the radio button for ‘Current screen image’ is selected.  Click OK to select the scale and print area in the drawing.

SOLIDWORKS Print Selection

SOLIDWORKS Print Selection

On the drawing, two items will appear:

  1. Print Selection dialog
Print selection dialog

Print selection dialog

2. Selection frame

Print Selection Frame

Print Selection Frame

The Print Selection dialog and the selection frame typically appear in different locations on the screen.  Both can be moved.  The placement of the selection frame defines the content of the print.

When the print scale is changed, the selection frame is resized.

If a custom scale is specified, click the button Apply scale to get the frame size to adjust.

Custom Scale

Custom Scale

Position the frame as required.

Position Frame

Position Frame

Confirm OK in the Print Selection dialog to print.

OK to Print

OK to Print

The area inside the selection frame will now be printed.

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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

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