• My Drawing or Assembly can't find dependent files.

    To start off, if you received an Assembly from someone else without the Parts and/or sub-assemblies, there's nothing you can do.  You can't open the Assembly without those files.  Ask the person who sent...
    Glenn Schroeder
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  • How to Deal with Plate in Weldments?

    A few years ago I started creating plate using the Structural Member function instead of doing it with an Extruded Boss/Base. By doing this the cut list properties for Plate are generated automatically by the sof...
    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'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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  • 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 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...
    Glenn Schroeder
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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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  • 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 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 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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  • 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...
    Glenn Schroeder
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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 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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