Top 50 Obscure SOLIDWORKS Tips and Tricks

Article by Rod Mackay updated June 27, 2020


Over many years, SOLIDWORKS applications expert; Jim Peltier, has accumulated a list of more than 100 of tips and tricks. Watch his on-demand webinar below to learn top 50 time-saving tips from that list.

For example, hidden commandscombination keystrokes, and interesting workflows that will make you say “that’s a neat trick!” Even the most seasoned users may learn a few new things! Watch the webinar below and download the PowerPoint slides.


With each new release of SOLIDWORKS, countless new features are released, with the biggest getting the center spotlight. Unfortunately, this means the “little things” that have been added over the years are often overshadowed and go unnoticed. Everybody knows that SOLIDWORKS 2017 introduced 3D Interconnect, but did you notice that it also introduced a selection of base planes from Breadcrumbs? Did you know there’s an even easier way to show the base planes of a component that has been around even longer?

What You Will Learn

You may know several of these SOLIDWORKS tips and tricks. In fact, I hope you do – learning 50 new tricks in one hour will be difficult to remember them all. However, I’m confident that even the most seasoned users will pick up a few new tricks. Here are a few to pique your interest:

  • Did you know you can hold Ctrl and click on items in the Mirror Components command to toggle the “Create Opposite Hand Version” option without having to go to the button each time?
  • Did you know you can choose how other components/bodies are displayed when using the Isolate Component/Isolate Bodies command?
  • Did you know of the “Select Previous” command, for when you’re making multiple selections and accidentally deselect them all and have to start again?
  • Did you know you can hold Ctrl and drag a feature to make a copy of it? Did you know that was around in 1997? Did you know it also works from one part to another?

Meet the Presenter: Jim Peltier; CSWE – Industry Applications Expert

Jim Peltier, CSWE

Jim Peltier has been using SOLIDWORKS since 2001, and has spent most of that time working in the design of industrial automated manufacturing equipment. He has been working as an Applications Expert at Javelin Technologies in Oakville, Ontario since July 2012 and is a Certified SOLIDWORKS Expert (CSWE).

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Rod Mackay

Rod has been using 3D CAD software for over 25 years and has trained thousands of designers to use their CAD systems more effectively. Rod is the Javelin Webmaster and is based in Ottawa, ON., Canada.