• 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 (...
    Glenn Schroeder
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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...
    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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  • 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...
    Glenn Schroeder
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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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  • 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...
    Glenn Schroeder
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  • How do I change my name or e-mail address in the SOLIDWORKS Forums?

    Most options about your forum profile can be changes using theEdit Profile page within the forums. However, your name and e-mail address actually come from your SOLIDWORKS ID which is defined in and used by the SOLIDW...
    Jim Wilkinson
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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 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...
    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 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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  • Can someone help me with my school assignment?

    I, or someone else, will be glad to help.  Most of us here enjoy helping others learn more about SolidWorks, and some active forum members are teachers.  I can't speak for others, but while I've learned a tr...
    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 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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  • How can I attach a file to a forum post?

    To start off, you have to be in the Discussion itself. You can't attach files when replying to a Discussion from your Inbox (thank you Dan Pihlaja for pointing that out).   If you're attaching a Drawing or Assem...
    Glenn Schroeder
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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...
    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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  • Call for FAQs

    If you have a suggestion for an FAQ that should be added to this area, post the suggestion as a comment to this post. It will be reviewed and if it is FAQ-worthy, we will add it to the list of FAQs to be added.
    Jim Wilkinson
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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...
    Glenn Schroeder
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