• Why am I getting weird graphics issues?

    I've seen a number of Discussions here on the Forum about problems when the Windows icon scale is set to anything other than 100% (especially larger, see My layer properties window is not showing the columns for Activ...
    Glenn Schroeder
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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....
    Glenn Schroeder
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  • 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 Find a Lost Dialog Box?

    Open and run the attached .exe file first posted by Kevin Chandler at Find lost dialog/window utility (using Autohotkey) V1.01 update (posted again by Tony Tieuli in a Reply at Drawing Rotate View dialogue box doesn't...
    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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  • What does this icon mean?

    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 comment...
    Jim Wilkinson
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  • What happened to the orange highlight when I hover my mouse?

    If you just stumbled across this post and don't know what it's talking about, there's an option to have objects (edges, faces, lines, etc) highlighted when your cursor hovers on them.  It's a tremendous help with...
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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 is my model (or drawing sheet) thrown off to one side when I Zoom to Fit?

    If this is in an Assembly, you likely have a small Part that's a good distance away from the rest of your Assembly.  Click-and-drag a box on the apparently blank space to select anything that's out there, even if...
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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
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  • Can I save my SolidWorks settings for when I upgrade, or to share with another user?

    Yes, the Copy Settings Wizard will do that.  It will let you save a file with all your toolbars, menu selections, and other workspace settings, along with your settings at Tools > Options > System Options.&...
    Glenn Schroeder
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