SOLIDWORKS Keyboard Shortcuts

Keyboard Shortcuts (hotkeys) in SOLIDWORKS

SOLIDWORKS Hotkeys

Are you using the same function so often in SOLIDWORKS that you wish you could make it happen faster and more easily?  Well, you can!  SOLIDWORKS Keyboard shortcuts (also known as hotkeys) are just one of several productivity tips available to you, and can be accessed thus: Open or create a SOLIDWORKS document Select Tools > Customize > Keyboard Use the Category or Search fields to find the command you want to hotkey In the Shorcut(s) column, enter a keystroke.  This can be just a single key, or can be a keystroke combination that includes Ctrl, Shift, or Alt.  If that key combination has already been assigned, you will be given the option whether to remap the assignment or choose some other key combination. For example, while working in industry I was using Measure (on the Evaluate tab of the Command Manager, or Tools > Evaluate > Measure) so often…

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

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. 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.

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Shortcut Keys to Change View Orientation in SOLIDWORKS

SOLIDWORKS View Shortcuts

There are a lot of different tools available in SOLIDWORKS to rotate and position your model the way you want it. In this short video I demonstrate a few SOLIDWORKS View Shortcuts that can help you to switch between your views quickly and easily.

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Essential SOLIDWORKS keyboard shortcuts

SOLIDWORKS Keyboard Shortcuts

This is going to be a debatable list, as many different people have many different workflows and habits they are accustomed to. I will however try and walk the centerline, and tell you about some of the time saving SOLIDWORKS keyboard shortcuts that everyone should be able to appreciate. The S Key Let’s start off with my favorite: the “S”-key, learn more about the SOLIDWORKS Shortcut bar for shortcut bars, : This shortcut toolbar has 4 modes: part editing, assembly, drawing, and sketch. All of which can be customized with pretty much any command you can think of. The D Key Next is the “D”-key: It brings the Confirmation Corner AND Breadcrumbs right to your mouse. The rest of the shortcuts I’ve grouped into categories for easy reference. Standard Windows shortcuts: Ctrl + O for File, Open Ctrl + S for File, Save Ctrl + Z for Edit, Undo Ctrl +…

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How to repeat your last command in SOLIDWORKS

So you’ve just used a tool in SOLIDWORKS and you want to use it again.  Maybe the tool is not a common one listed in your toolbars so it takes time to find again. Did you know that you can right-click in the graphics area and get a list of Recent Commands as shown in the screenshot below: You can also Search for Commands using the drop down from the Search box, type in the command you require and hit Enter to launch it. NOTE: The default keyboard shortcut to jump to Search Commands is “W”. But did you know that if you just used a tool, you can press “Enter” to relaunch the same tool?  The enter key is the default keyboard shortcut to ‘SOLIDWORKS Repeat Last Command’. Just be aware that SOLIDWORKS keeps a constant track of the very last command you executed.  So if you switched the view to…

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SOLIDWORKS Inspection 2017 Enhancements

SOLIDWORKS Inspection 2017 Enhancements

Following enhancements have been implemented in SOLIDWORKS Inspection 2017: Ability to lock balloons to prevent renumbering Manual ballooning of inspection drawings in SOLIDWORKS Inspection add-in VDA shape has been added as an option for inspection balloons. VDA standard is used by German automotive manufacturers. Mouse Wheel Zoom can be used to navigate Inspection projects.  This option is enabled by default on the Application Options tab of the Options dialog box. As in SOLIDWORKS, roll the wheel up to zoom in, roll down to zoom out, press and hold the wheel to pan.  Additional keyboard shortcuts are available: Shortcut Description Alt + Left Go to the previous sheet. Page Down Go to the previous sheet. Alt + Right Go to the next sheet. Page Up Go to the next sheet. Alt + Up Scroll up. Alt + Down Scroll down. Home Go to the first sheet. End Go to the last sheet. SOLIDWORKS 2017 Resources Access our…

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A list of the default SOLIDWORKS Keyboard Shortcuts

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 fellow 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”….

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Delete key not working with SOLIDWORKS? Check your Keyboard Shortcuts

On more than one occasion we have had customers contact our support team with what seems to be a benign symptom, the delete key not working with SOLIDWORKS? Sketch entities, Dimensions, or entire components, it does not seem to matter what we attempt to delete, the delete key will simply not work. Both parties chuckle a bit when this occurs, until the seriousness of the situation sets in, that the customer is looking at performing a registry reset to fix this seemingly insignificant issue. After a few minutes we typically discover that right-clicking on a component, dimension or entity will permit us to use the delete option from the shortcut menu (unless that has been hidden too!). The usual cause In these cases the general culprit tends to be the Keyboard shortcut tab of the SOLIDWORKS customization dialog. What we invariably discover is that the customer has recently entered the dialog…

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