• How do I change my units from inches to mm (or vice versa)?

    For a quick change you can go to the bottom of your monitor and make the change with the flyout.     This flyout is a fairly recent enhancement.  If you're using an earlier version that doesn't have it...
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  • How can I create a new Assembly or Drawing similar to an existing one?

    With the parent file open, go to File > Pack and Go.     This will allow you to copy the file and all of its dependent files (Parts, sub-assemblies, etc.) to another location.  Most of the options a...
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  • How do I move an Assembly sketch to a Part?

       There isn't a way to do that directly.  You have several options.     Click on the sketch in the tree and Ctrl+C to copy it, and then open the Part file, select a plane...
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  • How do I set a configuration specific dimension or value?

    If you have multiple configurations in your model, and edit a dimension that's shared by all configurations, by default that change will affect all configurations. I personally like it that way. If I haven't told the ...
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  • My Drawing or Assembly can't find dependent files.

    If your Assembly shows some components suppressed and you can't un-suppress them, or if your Drawing is showing dotted line boxes instead of your drawing views, then it's lost the link to the dependent files. You or a...
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  • How can I use a global variable or custom property value in a Feature?

    Some features allow Equations and linking directly in the Property Manager. (See 2018 SOLIDWORKS Help - Direct Input of Equations in PropertyManagers for the list.) It's as simple as typing the Equal sign in the dimen...
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  • Why is my mirrored component oriented wrong in my Assembly?

    I can't tell you why it's wrong, but I can help you fix it.  Edit the feature and click on the blue arrow at the top of the feature's PropertyManager (it's pretty easy to overlook).     That will take ...
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  • I got an error message when I tried to open a SW file.

    Of course if you have a backup try opening it.  If you don't then try opening the file with a different method.  I typically open files by selecting them from Windows Explorer, but when getting that error I ...
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  • Use Configurations or Display States to Hide Components?

    If the only variable will be the visibility of components I recommend hiding them with display states instead of suppressing them with configurations.  While it may not always be the case, using display states wi...
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  • Why aren't the changes I made at Tools > Options > Document Properties saved when I start a new Part?

    When you make changes to the Document Properties those changes only affect the active document.  If you want to apply them to new Parts then open a new blank Part and make the desired changes.  Go to File &g...
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  • Why can't I move the first component I inserted in my Assembly?

    The first component (Part or Sub-assembly) inserted into an Assembly is Fixed by default.  It will have (f) in front of the file name in the tree, and it will remain fixed regardless of its position in the tree (...
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  • How to use one Part to remove Material from another Part in an Assembly?

    In the Assembly, click on the one you want to cut and choose the "Edit Part" icon.  That will allow you to edit this Part in the context of the Assembly.     Now choose the Indent command (Insert > ...
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  • How can I reference one Part in an Assembly to edit another Part?

    In the simple example shown below, I'll edit the green part to add a hole that will be linked to the hole in the red part.     First I'll click on the green part (either in the graphics area, or in the tr...
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  • I inserted my movable Assembly into another Assembly and now it won’t move.  What happened?

    Assemblies that have some movement, such as a hydraulic cylinder or hinge, are by default rigid when inserted into another assembly, but they can be made flexible.  Find the sub-assembly in the upper-level assemb...
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  • How can I get an Assembly cut or Hole Wizard feature to show in my Part file?

    Check the box shown below in the Feature's Property Manager, then choose All components or Selected components.  If you choose Selected components you will likely need to un-check the box for Auto-select, and the...
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