• What specs do I need for a new computer to use SolidWorks?

    As a disclaimer, I don't pretend to be any kind of hardware expert, so the information I give here will be mostly a compilation of stuff I've picked up reading posts on the forum.  Now that I have that out of the...
    Glenn Schroeder
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  • How do I get a dismissed error message back?

    It's a common practice to dismiss an error message and then want it back.  We've probably all been guilty of clicking on "Don't show again" and then dismissing a message without really reading the whole thin...
    Glenn Schroeder
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  • How do I vote on an SPR in the Knowledge Base?

    First of all: If any of this information is incorrect or inaccurate, please add a comment below and I will look into fixing it. If you think I should add anything else here, or I am missing a step....comment below. ...
    Dan Pihlaja
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  • How do I do this SOLIDWORKS Forum thing?

    If you are new here....please look into these threads. Get Started in the community Tips on how to create your profile and stay connected (to say the least!) Forum Posting Tips on searching for answers, posting a...
    Dan Pihlaja
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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 ...
    Glenn Schroeder
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  • What is the difference between viewing a thread in my Inbox and viewing it separately?

    Often, we see many users (both old and new) getting confused about the difference between viewing a thread in their inbox and viewing that thread by opening the thread separately.   Hopefully, this clears up mu...
    Dan Pihlaja
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  • Why am I getting a "Future Version" error when I try to open a File?

    SolidWorks files can't be opened with an earlier version than the one they were last saved with, and they can't be saved back so an earlier version can open them (except as a dumb solid; see two paragraphs down). ...
    Glenn Schroeder
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  • How do I change my view orientation to this, that, or the other using keyboard shortcuts or other methods?

    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
    Jim Wilkinson
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