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Any SOLIDWORKS user interface element that you can
select such as a tool or menu item
References to books and other documents, or to emphasize
Reference to online tutorial
Access the Online Tutorial from the Help menu in the
? in speech bubble
Reference to Help
Access Help from the Help menu in the SOLIDWORKS
One of the most powerful features in the SOLIDWORKS application is that any change
you make to a part is reflected in all associated drawings or assemblies.
Appears as two blue arrows and represents the (0,0,0) coordinate of the
model. When a sketch is active, a sketch origin appears in red and
represents the (0,0,0) coordinate of the sketch. You can add dimensions
and relations to a model origin, but not to a sketch origin.
Flat construction geometry. You can use planes for adding a 2D sketch,
section view of a model, or a neutral plane in a draft feature, for example.
Straight line used to create model geometry, features, or patterns. You
can create an axis in different ways, including intersecting two planes. The
SOLIDWORKS application creates temporary axes implicitly for every conical
or cylindrical face in a model.
Boundaries that help define the shape of a model or a surface. A face is a
selectable area (planar or nonplanar) of a model or surface. For example,
a rectangular solid has six faces.
Location where two or more faces intersect and are joined together. You
can select edges for sketching and dimensioning, for example.
Point at which two or more lines or edges intersect. You can select vertices
for sketching and dimensioning, for example.
The SOLIDWORKS application includes familiar Windows functions, such as dragging and
resizing windows. Many of the same icons, such as print, open, save, cut, and paste are
also part of the SOLIDWORKS application.
SOLIDWORKS Document Windows
SOLIDWORKS document windows have two panels. The left panel, or Manager Pane,
Displays the structure of the part, assembly, or drawing. Select
an item from the FeatureManager design tree to edit the
underlying sketch, edit the feature, and suppress and
unsuppress the feature or component, for example.
Provides settings for many functions such as sketches, fillet
features, and assembly mates.
Lets you create, select, and view multiple configurations of
parts and assemblies in a document. Configurations are
variations of a part or assembly within a single document. For
example, you can use configurations of a bolt to specify different
lengths and diameters.
The CommandManager is a context-sensitive toolbar that dynamically updates based on
the active document type.
Customizable shortcut bars let you create your own sets of commands for part, assembly,
drawing, and sketch mode. To access the bars, you press a user-defined keyboard shortcut,
by default, the S key.
Context toolbars appear when you select items in the graphics area or FeatureManager
design tree. They provide access to frequently performed actions for that context. Context
toolbars are available for parts, assemblies, and sketches.
Customizing the User Interface
You can customize the toolbars, menus, keyboard shortcuts, and other elements of the
You can use the PropertyManager to set values such as the depth of an extrude. You can
also use graphic handles to drag and set parameters dynamically without leaving the
With most features, the graphics area displays a preview of the feature you want to
create. Previews are displayed with features such as base or boss extrudes, cut extrudes,
sweeps, lofts, patterns, and surfaces.
In the SOLIDWORKS application, the pointer changes to show the type of object, for
example, a vertex, an edge, or a face. In sketches, the pointer changes dynamically,
providing data about the type of sketch entity and the position of the pointer relative to
other sketch entities.
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