When I edit the sheet format to look at my print template borders, they are black. When I exit sheet format, they turn a light gray. Why does SolidWorks do this? Is there a setting where I can change this?
First, what version of SW are you using?
The borders on your sheet format are displayed as inactive sketch, as mentioned by John. This is because the border within the Sheet Format is not active when you are editing the Drawing Sheet. It's a bit of technicality that been in SW for a long time.
The easier thing to do (if you don't have SW16), is to simply change the color of your sketch entities on your Sheet Format. Change them from Black to something else, then back to Black. This will override the inactive sketch color when Color Display Mode is off. The reason why this works is that assigned line color takes precedence over most other setting that control entity color. (The reason you need to pick another color, then reselect black is because if you simply reselect black, it won't register as a change in color in the UI.)
If you have SW16, you can use the Automatic Border which lets you control the look and structure of your border without the need for individual sketches.
What Layer are they on?
I don't know Glenn. I don't use layers. However, when I click on the layers icon it shows the name of FORMAT and the color black in both the edit sheet format and drawing mode....by the way, these are standard 2017 template files.
I tried that and it stays a light grey. When I go to edit the sheet format, the border shows black. If I click on the layer icon in both modes, it shows black. When I go back to the drawing mode, the border turns to grey. Where is SolidWorks getting the grey from? I've checked the colors in settings and see nothing that really pertains to borders....
I guess what SolidWorks considers borders is not what I was referring to. I am talking about the rectangular box and zone lines that are just inside of the letters and numbers (border)....
Try some of these color settings
I tried that, still the same.....I did find something that worked, but it wasn't in the settings and I don't know why it worked. I clicked on the sheet in the feature manager design tree so that it revealed what is under the sheet format icon. I clicked on the border icon, RMB, delete border, then undid. Then I clicked on the Bend Anchor1 icon and what I refer to as a border turned black. I re-saved it as my template file and closed SolidWorks. After restarting SolidWorks and going back in, my border was still black. I don't see why this worked, doesn't make any sense to me. It probably wouldn't work on anybody else's system. Thanks to all who rang in on this issue, I appreciate it....
When something doesn't work we tend to grasp for anything and a lot of times we find some crazy stuff - lol - glad you got it working - another way would have been to draw a line over it and put those lines on a layer...
Thanks for the awesome explanation Matthew Lorono
Thanks Mathew!! That explains things very well. Somewhere way back I remember something like that, but being elderly now, I forget things. I will print this out for later reference..
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