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SOLIDWORKS View Manipulation with Mouse and Keyboard [VIDEO]

Man using a SolidWorks keyboard

Using the mouse to its full potential can be very useful in SOLIDWORKS.  Almost every view command in SOLIDWORKS can be accessed using the mouse and modifier keys.  Fit the current model in the graphics area (zoom to fit) by double clicking the middle mouse…

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SolidWorks Tutorial: Keyboard and Mouse – Controlling the Viewport Orientation [VIDEO]

There are modifier keys for every SolidWorks environment, their functions sometimes differ by environment but many of them are common. Many modifier keys affect how the mouse buttons behave, especially regarding controlling the view. Sometimes a combination of selections and hot keys also affect the behaviours. As of SolidWorks 2012 selecting view, normal to, aligns the view to the nearest primary plane if nothing is selected.  If one planar face is selected the view will be aligned to that face, but it is pretty difficult to determine at what angle that face will appear. To control the orientation it is possible to preselect 2 faces, the first one selected is the face the view will be normal to, the second face will become horizontal. Many keys affect the…

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