• What's the difference between a sheet format and drawing template?

    Understanding the difference between sheet formats and drawing templates confuses many new users.  I know it took me a while to get straight.    Sheet formats (slddrt files) and drawing templates (...
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  • 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 dimension to the edge of a circle or arc instead of to the center?

    With the Smart Dimension function active, hold down your Shift key while selecting the circle.  That will place the dimension to the edge (near or far edge, depending on where you click) instead of the center....
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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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  • Why is my Drawing Dimension a Weird Yellowish-Brown Color?

       That's referred to as a "dangling dimension", meaning it's lost its reference to the model.  Either it was referencing something that's no longer there, or something that's moved, or maybe your compu...
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  • How can I fix a poor quality PDF saved from a SolidWorks Drawing?

    There are several possibilities   I saw a Discussion here on the forum where a new user was having problems with a company logo disappearing when saving as pdf. He finally realized that the DPI was set to 96. Ch...
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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 dimension to the intersection of two edges, such as at a fillet?

    With the Smart Dimension tool active, right-click on one of the edges and choose "Find Intersection" from the drop-down.     Then left click on the second edge.     That will insert a Virtual Sha...
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  • How can I get Balloons to match a Bill of Materials instead of showing 1?

    If you have a drawing view of a single component, and want Balloons to match a BOM for an Assembly, just right-click on the drawing view of the component and choose "Properties..." from the drop-down.  Check the ...
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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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  • 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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  • How can I Get a Non-Standard Drawing View?

    Like most things in SolidWorks, there are several ways this can be done.  Probably the simplest starts with orienting the model the way you want the drawing view to be.  That can be done a variety of ways.&#...
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  • How can I get a Bill of Materials on a sheet by itself?

    Insert the drawing view and insert the Bill of Materials (BOM), like usual, but after inserting the BOM you can delete the drawing view.  After it's inserted in the drawing the BOM is linked to the assembly file ...
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  • How can I show a single body of a multi-body Part in a Drawing?

    As with most things with SolidWorks, there are several ways to do this.  Select the one that works best for you.   I'll start with what I believe is the simplest, and the one I almost always use (I like simp...
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