How to Hide/Show Dimensions in a SOLIDWORKS Part

Article by Mehdi Rezaei, CSWE updated April 5, 2017


Do you ever hide SOLIDWORKS dimensions in the part environment? In case you have then you may be wondering how to make a hidden dimension reappear again.  This article will demonstrate how to hide a dimension and then make it visible again in the SOLIDWORKS Part environment.

Step 1: Right-click on the Annotation folder under feature manager design tree and check off Show Feature Dimensions. If this option is not checked off, the Hide option would not show up by accessing the right-mouse shortcut menu on a dimension.

Shortcut menu

Shortcut menu

Step 2:  Double-click on a feature to show all the dimensions associated to it. You can select a feature either from the graphics area or from the feature manager design tree.

Step 3: Right-click on a dimension and select Hide from the shortcut menu (see below). If Hide does not show up in the list, make sure Step 1 is carried out.

Hide SOLIDWORKS dimensions

Hide a Dimension in the Part Environment.

Dimension “30” Is Hidden.

Step 4: At this stage, if you click the parent Sketch for that feature, you will notice that all dimensions will show up including the hidden dimension. This happens because we hid the dimension in the feature level but now we are showing dimensions from the sketch level. Make sure you do not double-click on the sketch or edit it. Click just once with your left-mouse button.

Click Once on the Parent Sketch of That Feature.

Step 5: Now you can right-click on the previously hidden dimension and select Show (see below). Once you right-click on a hidden dimension, it will disappear while the menu is active. If you select Show it will reappear.

Right-click on the Previously Hidden Dimension and Select Show.

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Mehdi Rezaei, CSWE

Mehdi is a Certified SOLIDWORKS Expert (CSWE) and works near Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada