Start a SOLIDWORKS Sketch and activate the Line Tool with a Single Key

Article by Scott Durksen, CSWE updated August 22, 2018


There are many ways to start a SOLIDWORKS sketch.  After starting a sketch, good chance you go straight to the line tool.  Why not do both in a single keyboard key with the SOLIDWORKS Line Tool Shortcut.

SOLIDWORKS Sketch with Line Tool

SOLIDWORKS Sketch with Line Tool

When you select a face or a plane, press “L” (not capital).  This will immediately launch into a sketch and begin with the line tool.  Quick, simple, and can save you a bunch of time over the course of a day by not having to click on the Sketch and Line tool icons.

SOLIDWORKS Line Tool Shortcut

SOLIDWORKS Sketch and Line Tools with Shortcut Key “L”

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Scott Durksen, CSWE

Scott is a SOLIDWORKS Elite Applications Engineer and is based in our Dartmouth, Nova Scotia office.