Where are the hidden settings for the display of SOLIDWORKS Cosmetic Threads?

Article by Chris Briand, CSWE updated April 14, 2017


If you had interest in my previous article: The “Easy Bake” recipe for Displaying Cosmetic Threads, you may be wondering where to find the four settings that were mentioned. This article will help you to locate each of the four SOLIDWORKS Cosmetic Thread Display settings.

The four settings that affect the visibility of cosmetic threads within the SOLIDWORKS part, drawing and assembly environments are:

  • “View All Annotations” Setting
  • “Cosmetic Threads” Setting
  • “Display Annotations” Setting
  • “Use Assembly Settings for all components” Option

As I mentioned in my previous article, it is a combination of these settings that can often prevent the display of cosmetic threads entirely.

Some of these options can be mildly difficult to find, thus I will do my best to illustrate them below:

“View All Annotations” Setting”

The “View All Annotations” setting is located within the View menu:

View menu > All Annotations

SOLIDWORKS Cosmetic Thread Display in the View Menu


The remaining three options are all found via the right-click shortcut menu of the Annotations Folder on the Feature Manager Design Tree.

“Cosmetic Threads” Setting

The “Cosmetic Threads” may be found via Right click on Annotations folder > Details > “Cosmetic threads” checkbox

Annotation Properties

Annotation Properties

“Display Annotations” Setting


Right click on Annotations folder > check the “Display Annotations” option

Display Annotations Option

Display Annotations Option

“Use Assembly Settings for all components” Option

Right click on Annotations folder > Choose Details > “Use assembly settings for all components” checkbox

Annotation Properties

Annotation Properties

Now that you are armed with the “Where” and the “How” of the SOLIDWORKS Cosmetic Thread display settings, you can feel confident in moving forward to troubleshoot any display issues you encounter involving cosmetic threads!

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Chris Briand, CSWE

Chris has been educating and supporting Engineers, Designers and IT Personnel within the 3D CAD industry since 2002, and was adopted into the fantastic team of applications experts here at Javelin Technologies in early 2006 and migrated along with his team members to the TriMech Solutions team in 2021.  Chris enjoys the continuous learning driven by the ingenuity and challenges Designers bring forward. Innovation using 3D Printing, 3D CAD and other technologies, combined with a diverse background as a technologist, allows Chris to find solutions that accelerate Designers, and take Design Teams to new heights. Chris is currently being held at an undisclosed location, near Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.