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2015 Smart Dimension in Sketch Defaults to Dimension ID Entry

Question asked by Jonathan Halderman on May 21, 2016
Latest reply on May 21, 2016 by Jonathan Halderman

When creating a sketch for a new part, I often need to dimension the sketch to define the size of the geometry.

In prior versions of solidworks, the workflow for adding these sketh dimensions was:

  1. Click on the Smart Dimension button
  2. Select item 1 as a dimension endpoint
  3. Select item 2 as an endpoint
  4. Click the location where the dimension should reside
  5. Enter the value of the dimension
  6. Click the green check to confirm


After I installed 2015 Solidworks SP 5.0, when I complete step 4 above, the following dialog appears:


The dimension ID is always the default box that is highlighted and I have to hit the TAB key to get to the box for entering the actual dimension value.

This is a massive time sink.  Mostly because this is the only installation of SolidWorks I use that has this glitch and I often forget that I need to do this stupid workaround.

Where/how do I tell SolidWorks that the default highlighted entry box should be the dimension itself and not the dimension ID?


Thank you,