SOLIDWORKS 2021 Context Toolbars and Menus in Drawings

Article by John Lee, CSWE updated December 30, 2020


When working in drawings, SOLIDWORKS 2021 offers more context toolbars than before, making it easier to work with sketches, markups, and centerlines.  Select any one of these, and look for the context toolbar to appear next to the pointer.  This saves valuable time and mouse effort in order to access useful tools and controls.

Selecting the markup (pointer not shown) brings up this toolbar

Selecting the centerline brings up this toolbar

Selecting the sketch brings up this toolbar

Learn more assembly tips in tricks in our SOLIDWORKS Drawings course, and familiarize with the latest enhancements in our SOLIDWORKS Advanced Update course!

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John Lee, CSWE

John Lee is inherently lazy in that he prefers to work smarter - not harder. A CSWE with fifteen years of experience using SOLIDWORKS and a background in mechanical design, John has used SOLIDWORKS in various industries requiring design for injection molding, sheet metal, weldments and structural steel.