I loaded SW for the first time and after shutting down and restarting up again the next day my "pointer" which was displayed as a "pen" changed to an "arrow". How do I change it back to the "pen" looking "pointer? Help!
The cross-hair is usually a sign that the Tools > Add-Ins > SolidWorks 2D Emulator has been enabled.
If it's not that, with your system specs it could be any number of things causing the problem, but is most likely the video card and driver.
You will notice that the mouse cursor takes many shapes during a SolidWorks session. The pen appears in sketch mode and the arrow is in select mode.
Alin, Thanks for hte reply, but this is not the problem. When I first instaled SW the "Pen" pointer is what showed up. I started playing around with the different tools and when I exited and started up later the "arrow" showed up as the pointer in sketch mode and every mode for that matter. If I click on the "center-line" to add a centerline then the pen pointer shows up for this function but then goes away and turns into the arrow pointer again. I uninstalled and reinstalled SW several times thinking that would fix the problem but alas it did not. When I'm in sktch mode a cross hair (+) shows up sometimes and sometimes the arrow as the pointer but not the pen as the pointer. Any additional suggestions would be appreciated.
What version and service pack of SolidWorks are you using? Do you have the approved version of video card driver from the SolidWork list of approved drivers?
What are your complete computer system specs?
This was a problem a number of years ago with older versions of SW. Have not seen it for several versions of SW.
I'm using SW 2006 and SP "0". So this may be my problem. Thanks for your feedback. I'm actually running SW on a virtual PC with Windows XP on my iMAC using VMWare Fusion. And the video card is what is on the MAC HD, which may also be adding to my problem of why the pointer changed from the "pen" to the "arrow".
Thanks again for your feedback and input. I'll check out the approved video card drivers on the web site you gave me, but doubt that the iMAC is listed but you never know it just may be listed.
You will not find anything for Apple products on the SolidWorks website. Apple hardware is not approved for SolidWorks, thus does not get any support.
Check the setting that Kelvin talks about in his post. This is also a possibility that this switch was toggled on.
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