• 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...
    Glenn Schroeder
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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...
    Glenn Schroeder
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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 ...
    Glenn Schroeder
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  • Why am I having problems with the Pattern (or Mirror) feature in my Part?

    This is a broad topic, but I'll try to address several possibilities. One thing to keep in mind is that when you start a pattern or mirror feature, "Features and Faces" (red arrow below) will be selected by default, a...
    Glenn Schroeder
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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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  • 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 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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  • How can I create realistic threads on a Part?

    SW 2016 introduced a thread feature (2016 What's New in SOLIDWORKS - Creating a Cut Thread).  If you're using an earlier version, see Threading Options.  Please keep in mind that while you can create threads...
    Glenn Schroeder
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  • What's wrong with my new weldment profile sketch?

    When saving a sketch as a library feature part (.sldlfp file) to be used in the Structural Member function on the Weldments toolbar, it’s necessary to have the sketch selected (so it’s highlighted in the g...
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