I need to add a diamond symbol on my drawing and don't know how. I browse through all items in the Symbol library but could not find the diamond symbol. Help please!
You can insert a diamond using the insert balloon command. With or without a leader.
You could always create a diamond symbol as a sketch block instead, and then insert that.
I thought symbols are pre-created by SW. Now I know. Thank you
The dialog in your posting is from a fairly old version of SOLIDWORKS. There is a new dialog with much more interaction. Besides that, there are a bunch of new symbols that have been added in more recent releases of SOLIDWORKS. Newer versions might have the symbol you seek.
Either way, you can make your own symbols by editing the GTOL.SYM file. However, if you have a customer GTOL.SYM file, that same file will have to be on every computer you intend to view and edit that drawing.
I use SW 2012. I found a solution now. Thank you
How about a Note with Border or a Balloon?
I think Andreas meant to show a Triangle Border from the drop down. The border or triangle will resize to the note.
There goes that short term memory issue again. Seems I can't keep the thought "diamond" in my mind before posting a 'triangle" response.
This works as well. Wow! There are so many option now. Thank you
Also, read this:
Chika, a few more options ...
No 2 option works but I can't enlarge the size by changing the font size. Thank you
Thank you! This works!. Thank you all for your help. I lost the thread for most impressive trick. Thank to John. I bookmarked it now.
Another way to go:
Open Windows/Accessories/System Tools/Character Map:
Set Symbol Font-> select diamond->Copy->Paste as Symbol in a text.
There is a problem pasting the symbol on the drawing. It gives me a row with bother.....
What is the symbol for? if you need to use it as an effectivity note, then your best bet is to create it by edit the gtol.sym file. If it's a symbol, then it's a lot easier to add it to the BOM if you need to. If the symbol is going to be on the face of the drawing, and not in the BOM, then using balloons are your best bet. If you need help creating the symbols, let me know.
I'm sure you've seen the comments that even if the symbol was added to your gtol.sym file whoever also displayed your drawing must have a copy of your symbol file as well. I originally thought this was the answer before but now I'm sure that if we can't do it with the note symbol or border we're sort of out of luck until SW adds it to their installs. In house uses wouldn't be so affected.
Okay, but if he only needs it for in house use, it's a legitimate option. We generally just send pdf files of our drawings, so creating our own symbols hasn't been an issue. I've created symbols for rivet callouts, grain direction and more. I just put the new gtol.sym file in a network folder, and everyone can access it there. Your mileage may vary.
To define some hardware on the drawing. It will not be on the BOM. I think it is easy to make it a symbol. Thank you
Chika Co Go to What are your most impressive tricks of solidworks, Please spread. on page 14 - check out the replies from Rob Edwards
If you're familiar with gtol file, you can edit and add your custom symbols
Actually I am not familiar with gtol file.
Depend how often you use the diamond symbol and the number of diff. text in it - see att. image as I add for dimension # - it's overkilled to modify the gtol if you use once a while and few diff. text in it then I recommend using sketch block
it is once in a lifetime! My engineer asks me to add those PNs in the BOM now so I can just balloon the nut/screw on the drawing. Thank you
I can't locate this gtol file folder in my C drive. I read another thread and it show C:\ProgramData\SolidWorks\SolidWorks (year)\lang\English. I only see Sheetformat and weldments folder
It should be there, here is my SW2017 gtol file - Make sure to create a backup before making any change to this file
also the location of the file can be found from your options setup
hmm. Found it but why it is not in the drop down list.....SW 2012! Grrr...
I can't recall exactly what version of SW which allowed you to to save the gtol file in different folder. I guess in 2012 version, the gtol should only be allowed in C:\ProgramData\SolidWorks\SolidWorks (year)\lang\English while newer versions you can copy and save it in different location and point SW to that folder in tools>options>file locations and select "Symbol Library File"
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