Why is the SOLIDWORKS Automatic Solve Order option greyed out for my Equations?

Article by Chris Briand, CSWE updated February 2, 2018


SOLIDWORKS Automatic Solve order is Greyed out?

If you have encountered any instances where the “Automatic Solve Order” for equations is disabled, it may be due to to a setting titled “Display potential circular references in equations:”

Automatic solve order option

Automatic solve order option


The options that govern the possibilities for circular references in equations may be found under Tools > Options > System Options > Messages/Errors/Warnings.

Display potential circular references in equations

Display potential circular references in equations option

When the option is set to “Never” it should enable the Automatic Solve order options and you can carry on working within the equation dialog.

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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.