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In most cases, sketch entities are shown with a thick line font, but sometimes, you will see some of the entities with a thin line font. The image below shows examples of these thin entities:


In early versions of SOLIDWORKS, all features required the use of a single "contour" (a single loop of connected sketch entities) to be used to create a feature. In current versions of SOLIDWORKS, some features still require single closed contours. Therefore, there are algorithms in the sketcher to highlight cases where the entities do not form a single closed contour since these entities often are created by mistake or will cause problems in downstream features if not corrected. The sketcher tries to display entities that DO NOT form part of a single closed contour in a thinner line font.


Which entities display as thin line font often depends on the entity creation order and also how the entities connect to vertices of the entities that are part of the single closed contour. For example, the first two squares in the image above show different lines in the thin font even though the geometry is the same. This is because of the entity creation order. In the bottom case, the line on the right is shown as thin because it connects to the outer closed contour at a vertex/endpoint. All of the other lines connect to the single contour in the middle of other lines, not at the vertices/endpoints and the algorithm is not designed to highlight these cases.


Depending on the usage of the sketch, the user may not care if there is a single contour in the sketch or not so the thin lines can simply be ignored in these a cases. An example of this is if the user us going to use the contour selection tool to identify which contours will be used for the particular feature.

See this blog post that documents all of the methods to manipulate the view.

How do I manipulate my model view; let me count the ways

Most options about your forum profile can be changes using theEdit Profile page within the forums. However, your name and e-mail address actually come from your SOLIDWORKS ID which is defined in and used by the SOLIDWORKS Customer Portal and must be changed there. To change your name or e-mail address do the following:

  1. Go to
  2. Click the image of the avatar in the upper right and then the link to the SW Customer Portal and enter your login if prompted:
  3. Choose the My Profile link in the quick links on the left:
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Jim Wilkinson

Call for FAQs

Posted by Jim Wilkinson Dec 22, 2017

If you have a suggestion for an FAQ that should be added to this area, post the suggestion as a comment to this post. It will be reviewed and if it is FAQ-worthy, we will add it to the list of FAQs to be added.

This space in the forum is used to document FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) about the forum itself and the SOLIDWORKS software. Most blogs in the forum are limited to SOLIDWORKS employees posting. But, since Glenn Schroeder took his own initiative to create FAQs using regular discussions, he also has permission and most of the initial content for these FAQs came from Glenn's FAQ posts. Dan Pihlaja has also been added as a FAQ contributor due to his excellent post on using the forum and other helpful posts. Thank you Glenn and Dan for your hard work and dedication to the SOLIDWORKS community!


Each FAQ has one or more category assigned to it to aid in browsing and searching the FAQs. On the space homepage (FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)) there is also listings for:

  • Sticky FAQs which are manually selected/listed by forum moderators. These hopefully make up for the fact that the forums themselves don't have "sticky posts".
  • Popular FAQs which the forum automatically populates based on users visiting the individual FAQs


We will continue to look for other ways to creatively use the FAQs in the forum.


If you have suggestions for use of FAQs on the forum or the FAQ space itself, post those suggestions in a comment to this post.

If you have suggestions on actual FAQs that should be added, see this blog post: Call for FAQs

This post is intended to put together a complete list of all icons that are shown in the FeatureManager design tree and ConfigurationManager.

If there are any that I have missed, please provide details in the comments so I can add it to the post.


This help topic is also useful to understand text conventions used in the FeatureManager tree such as (-), (?), ->, etc.:

2019 SOLIDWORKS Help - FeatureManager Design Tree Conventions


For most of the listings below, clicking on either the text proceeding the icons or the image of the icon groups will go to a help topic giving more information about the icon(s).


Where applicable, the icons are shown in both the default and classic colors (see Icon Colors in this help topic for information about how to choose icon color in the software).


Part icons:

Icons from toolbar commands:

Other icons:




Sketch icons:

Icons from toolbar commands:

Other icons:



Assembly icons:

Icons from toolbar commands:

Other icons:




Part and Assembly icons:

Icons from toolbar commands:

Other icons:




Drawing icons:

Icons from toolbar commands:

Other icons:


General icons:

Attribute FeatureAttributeFeature.png - created through the API
Design Binderdesignbinder.png
Educational/Student Versioneducational.png - shown when a file from an educational/student version is opened in a commercial version.
Rebuild, Errors, and Warningsrebuilderrorwarning.png
Specific foldersfolders.png
User folderuserfolder.png




Obsolete icons:

Component groupingcomponentgrouping.png - unintentionally displayed in SOLIDWORKS 2014 under rare conditions.