12 Replies Latest reply on Nov 30, 2016 3:58 PM by Michael McFarland

# Entering Dimensional Values in the format of Feet/Inches Instead of Inches

I hope this is not a dumb question (I've tried everything except the right thing ~ apparently). While searching forums I've come across several questions/answers regarding the "display" of dimensions in the format XX'-X x/x", but nothing (so far) about the "input" or "entering" of dimensional values in that format. Half, if not most of the time I'm required to enter relatively large values while in Sketch/Dimension mode: 37'-6 3/8" for instance. While the math is not difficult (got my large-button calc' right next to me), it is time consuming compared to the ability to enter the value of 37'-6 3/8" as opposed to 450.375, not to mention the increased possibility of errors. If I remember correctly, AutoCAD used the ":" to separate/define Feet:Inches. Is there a similar trick within SolidWorks? Any help is greatly appreciated, thank you! -Mike

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Yes, just enter xx' x x/x"

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Thank you Tony! The trick is the " symbol. Please see my reply to Glenn

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For cases like the example you listed I'd enter 37*12+6.375.

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why wouldn't you just enter the feet and inches as I showed?

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Tony Cantrell wrote:

why wouldn't you just enter the feet and inches as I showed?

Because I can do all that from the numeric keypad on the right side of my keyboard with one hand.

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Thank you! That seems to be a good way to do it. However in the meantime I've discovered that apparently the " symbol is the key! Without it, depending on how things are entered up to that point, yields at least two different results: 37'6.375 & 37'6 3/8 = 43'-4.5, 37'-6.375 & 37'-6 3/8 = 30'-7.5. BUT once you add the " after the decimal inch/fraction, seemingly in all different cases, gives the desired result. I've been CAD drafting for 24 years on AutoCAD & MicroStation and don't recall EVER having to use that symbol for inches. Thank you all so much for your quick & thoughtful responses. I'm new to SolidWorks & this forum, but I'm impressed with the thread content & outstanding feedback, and look forward to interacting with you all in the future. -Mike

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There are a lot of options.  You can even use ft and in when entering a value.  (I wouldn't usually, but it works.)

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I use this all of the time:

37'6.375" Like Glenn I like to work off the numeric pad and on my ergo keyboard this is pretty easy to use.

I do deck and outdoor planning on the side so I have to switch my brain from .0005" tolerance to: does that look good to you?

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Paul Risley wrote:

I do deck and outdoor planning on the side so I have to switch my brain from .0005" tolerance to: does that look good to you?

Is that like "can't see it from my house", "good enough for who it's for", or "only another carpenter would know the difference"?  (If you can't tell, I used to be a carpenter.)

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My next door neighbor built my house, he has me work on projects for him pretty regular. This summer when we fenced in my yard he bought me a caliper from an auto parts store and on the box was a note: "PIcket spacing inspection tool".

He has many a good laughs at my expense when we work on stuff together, because of course I lay out spacing equally and straight and true(wood comes perfectly straight you know.)

The usual comment when working with him and his customers is: " Wow that looks really nice, but is it really going to be that color?" I haven't quite got down coloring red oak and having it show in e-drawings very well.

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Thank you Paul! The trick is the " symbol. Please see my reply to Glenn