Many of these are buried under other buttons and virtually impossible to find on your own.
If you don't know where a button is you can change the SW search type to Commands and then start to type in the name of the command/feature and the button you want should show up.
Then as an awesome added bonus, you can click those little glasses next to the command and it will show you where in the menu hierarchy the button is.
Why do the relations indicators disappear?
I don't know why your relations would randomly disappear, but you can get them to show up again by going to View > Sketch Relations. I assigned a keyboard shortcut to this to I can easily toggle them on and off.
How do I get the angle of the line to show so I know it is vertical/horizontal?
If you show the relations you should see if there is a horizontal or vertical relation. Otherwise I think you'd need to use the measure tool to measure the angle between that line and one that you know is horizontal/vertical. Or measure between the endpoints and look at the delta xyz.
Where is the shortcut menu?
I don't know what the shortcut menu is.
I want the snaps on, why do they leave suddenly?
I have had issues with my system angle snap option turning off on its own, but that is the only one. I have no idea why it happens.
It doesn't say how to mark this as a question. Checkmark yes or checkmark no?
I think it is pretty intuitive that checking the box would indicate yes you want to mark it as a question.
Does anyone from Solidworks ever read theses posts or do the messages just go out to the poor souls who are trying to help others.
Sometimes people from SW read these posts, but I don't know if it is every post or just certain ones. The best way to get your feedback back to SW is to report issues to your VAR. Not that you'll ever hear anything about it ever again but that is the "official" way to request enhancements.
Shortcut menus is the Microsoft standard term for the menus you get when using the right mouse button. If you search help.solidworks.com for "shortcut menu" like this:
the second topic describes SOLIDWORKS shortcut menus.
Generally the forums are here for users to help other users, but we at SOLIDWORKS also,monitor them and help out if we can add value beyond the user answers.
I hope this helps,
Thank you for your answer. Armed with this and the previous post, I should be able to make headway and learn more about Solidworks.
Thanks for getting back to me so promptly.
Thank you so very much for all your help. I can usually muddle along with one or two issues, but when they arrive in droves, I'm just spinning my wheels. This has helped a lot. I know that in time I will become accustomed to the idiosyncrasies of Solidworks, but when starting out, it seems daunting.
Again thanks for the help.
I'm glad I could help. Feel free to keep posting questions as you have them. Contributing users are very active in this forum and questions are often answered the same day.
You just moved over from AutoCAD?