How to disable the SOLIDWORKS SpeedPak Graphics Circle

Article by Mehdi Rezaei, CSWE updated July 20, 2017


SOLIDWORKS SpeedPak allows us to create a much lighter configuration from an assembly or sub-assembly so that we can handle large assemblies quicker. SpeedPak has been available in SOLIDWORKS since version 2009. Over the years SOLIDWORKS has added more functionality to this tool allowing us to focus more on the design itself rather than the tools. Review these articles for SpeedPak advances in 2013 and 2017.

When a SpeedPak is activated, only the selected items such as faces and reference geometries can be seen when moving your mouse cursor over the model in the graphics area, everything inside a graphics circle is hidden. See the following image.

SpeedPak Graphics Circle

SpeedPak Graphics Circle

There are some instances when you know exactly what items are included in the SpeedPak configuration and the graphics circle is more of an annoyance than a help.

There is a quick way to remove the graphics circle temporarily and then bring it back. The shortcut key is Alt+S. This shortcut key allows you to quickly show or remove the graphics circle. Another way of turning the graphics circle on and off is through the Options window. Select the menu: Tools > Options > System Options > Display

In the dialog you can uncheck the “Display SpeedPak Graphics Circle”.

Display SpeedPak Graphics Circle

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Mehdi Rezaei, CSWE

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