SOLIDWORKS 2018 Mouse Gesture Enhancements

Article by Vipanjot Kaur, CSWP updated December 1, 2017


Mouse Gestures were introduced in SOLIDWORKS 2010 and are a real time saver when using SOLIDWORKS to bring your designs to life. SOLIDWORKS 2018 brings a more interactive way to utilize mouse gestures and allows you to choose which tools will appear in the mouse gesture wheel. Similar to SOLIDWORKS 2017, mouse gestures can be accessed through the Tools drop-down menu, then scroll down and click Customize then click on the mouse gesture tab in the customize dialog box.This tab has been completely redesigned.

Previously there were four additional columns showing mouse gesture assignments for part, assembly, drawings and sketch. Now these four columns have been replaced with a visual mouse gesture guide window, customizing mouse gestures has been made much faster and easier.

SOLIDWORKS 2017 – Mouse Gesture customization Dialog box

Previously you could only set 4 or 8 mouse gestures on a wheel but now you can set the number of mouse gestures to 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, or 12. If you set the number to 2 gestures, you can orient them vertically or horizontally. Desired number of mouse gestures can be selected from the drop-down list.
Mouse gesture guides can be customized through a visual drag-and-drop user interface. Drag tools from the list of commands to any of the mouse gestures guides.If you drag a tool to an empty position, the tool is added to the gesture guide. If you drag a tool to an occupied position, it replaces the tool on the gesture guide. If you Ctrl + drag a tool from one gesture guide position to another, it is copied to the second position. You can copy a tool within one gesture guide, as well as across gesture guides.

SOLIDWORKS 2018 Mouse Gesture customization Dialog box

SOLIDWORKS 2018 Mouse Gesture customization Dialog box

Last but not the least, icons have been added for several commands which were previously displayed as text on the Mouse Gesture Wheel.

List of Commands with Mouse Gesture Wheel Icons in SOLIDWORKS 2018


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Vip is a Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional (CSWP) and is based in our Oakville Ontario head office.