SOLIDWORKS Options

Controlling the Display of Hidden Edges in SOLIDWORKS Composer 2021

Now in SOLIDWORKS Composer 2021, the visibility of hidden edges can be controlled, when we select or highlight elements. We can define the colour and intensity used to display hidden edges whereas this wasn’t possible in SOLIDWORKS Composer 2020. To control the visibility of hidden…

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SOLIDWORKS Macro to toggle “Auto-rotate view normal to sketch plane on sketch creation and sketch edit”

SOLIDWORKS Auto-rotate view normal to sketch plane on sketch creation and sketch edit

The “Auto-rotate view normal to sketch plane on sketch creation and sketch edit” option, as it sounds, automatically rotates the view orientation to be normal to a sketch plane when it is created or edited. In this article I’ll show you how assign this option…

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How to enable “Update drawings” when printing SOLIDWORKS Electrical Drawings

SOLIDWORKS Electrical Update Drawings dismissed

When the Drawings or reports in SOLIDWORKS Electrical are printed, it provides a dialog box to update the drawings, if any changes have been made to the reports and drawings they get updated. What if we accidentally click on the “Do not show again for…

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Multiple-year versions of SOLIDWORKS Installed? Set File Locations the easy way!

When it becomes necessary to install multiple year versions of SOLIDWORKS, we recommend our best practices guide for the installation.  This article assumes that the aforementioned guide was used, and employs a technique designed to work with the settings we use in that guide. Once…

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SOLIDWORKS Save, Backup, and Auto-recover Options

Have you ever lost work simply because you forgot to save your changes? Have you ever changed your design and couldn’t redo the changes to a previous model, so you had to start over? Then let me show you how to guarantee you are keeping…

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How to restore SOLIDWORKS file shortcut options in Windows Explorer

Many SOLIDWORKS users are used to access SOLIDWORKS which appears when we right click on any part, assembly or drawing file within Windows Explorer. This SOLIDWORKS file option has various sub-options such as Pack and Go, Rename, Replace and Move. Hence, it allows user to…

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How to disable the SOLIDWORKS SpeedPak Graphics Circle

SpeedPak Graphics Circle

SOLIDWORKS SpeedPak allows us to create a much lighter configuration from an assembly or sub-assembly so that we can handle large assemblies quicker. SpeedPak has been available in SOLIDWORKS since version 2009. Over the years SOLIDWORKS has added more functionality to this tool allowing us to focus…

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Reserving SOLIDWORKS PDM Licenses

Reserving SOLIDWORKS PDM Licenses

Now that SOLIDWORKS PDM (both Professional and Standard) is using the SolidNetwork License Manager for distributing licenses to clients, reserving SOLIDWORKS PDM licenses for specific users or groups of users is now possible.  This is done through the SolidNetWork License (SNL) Manager Options File. In other…

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SOLIDWORKS Electrical Cross References are jumping off the page?

SOLIDWORKS Electrical Cross References are used to indicate associations between symbols in our schematics.  If for example a complex electrical component has multiple symbols across a number of drawings, cross references can be used to show association between these symbols. In some cases, you may…

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