With the various projects you have to complete, no one has time to do things “the long way.” That’s why we have shortcuts!
If you look under each pull-down menu in SOLIDWORKS, you will notice that the keyboard shortcut for each command is listed next to it. Many Windows conventions carry over, such as CTRL-S for save (use often!), Ctrl-P for print, and the Shift- and Ctrl – selection methods.
Also, you can copy paste using the Ctrl-C (copy) and Ctrl-V (paste) – see, you already know something in SolidWorks!
Here are some that are specific to SOLIDWORKS that will save time for the beginner:
F key (zoom to fit) – similar to the Z + E for Zoom – This zooms everything to fit on screen. This shortcut works for Parts, Assemblies, and Drawings. For Drawings, there is now a separate button for zoom to sheet, which ignores anything (views, annotations, etc.) outside the sheet itself.
Ctrl-7 – Isometric – once you have solid features/ bodies on the screen, it’s helpful to view it in the standard Isometric view. We’re used to seeing everything in the “real” world in 3D, so why not look at our Parts and Assemblies that way?
F5 – Brings up Filter menu. Most useful when you want to clear all selections! This is the white filter on the top row:
Center mouse button/ roller functions –
- Rotate in 3D – Hold down the wheel (wheel click) and move it to rotate (for Parts and Assemblies – in Drawings this will Pan the view).
- Zoom in and out – Spinning the wheel forward and backwards allows you to zoom in and out. It centers on wherever the cursor is on screen.
- Zoom to fit – Double wheel- clicking zooms to fit.
- Pan – Click Ctrl key plus Wheel-click
Anything I missed? Let us know in the comments section if there are other standard or custom functions you like to use.