How can one get rid of dimensions in an assembly all at once...globally.Rather than going into each part and turning off annotations.And each time I open the assembly they are all back!
Under view menu in assembly, set the annotations to off OR set hide all.
Also, Where does one set the units to be inches or whatever when starting a new part or drawing?
I have to go to the document properties each time and change them from metric to inches etc.
Read the Help files on Document Templates.
Start a new document, make your selections in Tools > Options > Document Properties > Units, then save as Drawing Template. Either over-ride the existing template or save as a new name.
Also, welcome to the forum. And since you're new here, here is a discussion that will help you get the most out of the forum if you'd like to take a look: https://forum.solidworks.com/thread/39793.
Thanks for the welcome.
I had found how to save templates for different drawing layouts but not for individual parts.
I'm probably just getting mixed up when calling them drawings, documents etc.
I tried that. I find "save sheet format" but not drawing template.
Then the next time I open it, it is back to metric.
The sheet format is the border, boiler-plate layers and paper size. Loading the sheet format has no effect on document units or precision. That's all handled by the document template used to create the file.
You create templates in SolidWorks the same way that you do in AutoCAD and Microsoft Office, by saving an existing file with a template extension in a template directory.
If you create a drawing without any views, load a sheet format and specfiy the units and other drafting settings (same for parts and assemblies), you can make it into a document template by doing 'SaveAs...' and in the Save file dialog, changing the filetype to DRWDOT, SolidWorks will jump to the current template location and all you have to do is specify a name.
One reason it may seem like the sheet format is the template is that SolidWorks is set up by default not to prompt the user for a template when they create a new document. In order to use your new template, you'll need to modify two settings:
First, in the Options Dialog under Default Template, uncheck the control labelled, 'always use default templates for new documents' (the verbiage may be slightly different). Now when you create a new part or drawing, you'll always be presented with the new file dialog which is shown in simplified mode.
In this dialog, click the button labelled "Advanced" which will change the dialog to a tabbed interface where you can select the template you want to work from.
If you followed the procedure in the preceding paragraph, you'll see your document template on one of the tabs
That should get you to the next step.
This is the kind of thing that's covered in just about every systematic training course on SolidWorks, so if you haven't attended a class or gone through a book of tutorials on the subject, I'd recommend doing that as soon as you can. One of the tutorials included with SolidWorks (in the Customization tutorials) takes you through setting up custom templates, so in the very least, you should go through that.
If all the dimensions show at the part level, go to Tools > Options > Document Properties > Detailing and in the Display Filter box, deselect the Feature dimensions option. Make sure to save that setting in the part document template so that new parts will not show the dimensions.
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