A list of the default SOLIDWORKS Keyboard Shortcuts

Article by Chris Briand, CSWE updated October 16, 2023


Once upon a time, all installations of SOLIDWORKS came with a Quick Reference Guide. This wonderfully useful guide was an excellent document to have printed on a few pages and posted in your cubicle for — you guessed it — quick reference!

Unfortunately the SOLIDWORKS Quick Reference Guide has not been included in any SOLIDWORKS releases since 2010.

That begs the question, what is a person who is looking for a list of keyboard shortcuts to do?

The response to that question depends on exactly what you are looking to hang on your cubicle wall. If it is a straight to the point reference chart of default keyboard shortcuts that you seek — it is easily available from the keyboard shortcut tab of the customize dialog box.

To the upper right hand corner under the “Keyboard” tab of the SOLIDWORKS Customize dialog there are buttons for “Print List” and “Copy List”.

  • Copy List will provide you with a windows clipboard copy of the text from each column, that you can then format yourself.
  • Print List will print out the listing of commands that you have filtered out to be displayed in the main panel of the dialog. The “Print List” button will allow you to choose a printer by which to print the document.

In this instance we had printed a copy out to PDF to post on our cubicle wall!

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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.