Essential Short cut to start your SOLIDWORKS learning Journey

SOLIDWORKS is a user friendly and easy to learn 3D CAD modeling solution. SOLIDWORKS user interface is design to match the native Window Operating System interface providing you a familiar interface to start your daily 3D modeling.

If you are new or just started your SOLIDWORKS learning journey, here are some essential shortcut key that you need to know.

Short Cut keyDescription
System Short Cut
Ctrl + NNew
Ctrl + OOpen
Ctrl + WOpen from web folder
Ctrl + SSave
Ctrl + PPrint
RBrowse recent documents
Ctrl + BRebuild
Ctrl + Shift + BRebuild all configurations
Ctrl + QForced rebuild
Ctrl + Shift + QForced rebuild all configurations
WCommands
SShortcut bar
Ctrl + TabMoves among open documents
Navigation Short Cut
F11Full Screen
FZoom to Fit
SpacebarView Orientation
Ctrl + 1Front
Ctrl + 2Back
Ctrl + 3Left
Ctrl + 4Right
Ctrl + 5Top
Ctrl + 6Bottom
Ctrl + 7Isometric
Ctrl + 8Normal to
Ctrl + ArrowPan the model
Shift + Arrow buttonRotate the model 90º
Alt + Arrow ButtonRotate the model CW or CCW about the normal axis
Arrow ButtonRotate the model
GMagnified Selection
Sketch Short Cut
LLine
Assembly and Multi-body
TabHide the Hovered-over Component
Shift + TabShow the Hovered-over Component

 

You also have the option to customize your own shortcut. Below are the steps to customize keyboard shortcut keys:

  1. First open or start a new Part, Assembly or Drawing document
  2. Click ToolsCustomize, or right-click on the window border and select Customize from the shortcut menu as shown below.
    • Custom Short Key
  3. Select the Keyboard tab in the Customize dialog box to view, and edit the shortcut keys.
    • keyboard short key

To Assign Keyboard Shortcuts:

  1. Select a Category or leave it as All Commands
  2. Select a Command from the list e.g. Close file
  3. Press a key or key combination e.g. CTRL + W. The shortcut has been assigned as shown in figure below.
  4. Pick OK to finish and the command will be assigned to the system

Introduction to SOLIDWORKS Mouse Gestures

You can use Mouse Gestures as a shortcut to execute a command, similar to a keyboard shortcut.

To view or edit the current Mouse Gestures assignments follow the steps below.

  1. Click Tools > Customize and from the Customize dialogue box, select the mouse gestures tab. Choose the required shortcut and click OK.
  2. To activate a Mouse Gesture from the graphics area, hold down your right mouse button, a guide appears and then drag in one of four or eight directions.
    • mouse gesture graphic

Introduction to SOLIDWORKS Copy Settings Wizard

The SOLIDWORKS wizard allows you to back up your essential SOLIDWORKS settings so you can get back up and running quickly.

Below are the steps on how to launch the SOLIDWORKS Copy Settings Wizard.

  1. Go to Tools > Save/Restore Settings
    • tool-save-restore-setting
  2. In the SOLIDWORKS Copy Settings Wizard you can choose to either Save Settings or Restore Settings from a file you have previously saved.
  3. i)Save SettingsChoose Save Settings and pick Next.
  4. Locate the location by Browse to a safe location to save the settings file (.sldreg) and then select which settings you want to back up from the list in the dialog.
    • Click Finish and then OK and the .sldreg file will be saved to the specified location.
  5. ii)Restore Settings
    • If you need to recover after a crash, or if you have a new machine with a fresh SOLIDWORKS install, you can restore your personalized settings by simply double-clicking on the .sldreg file or activating the SOLIDWORKS Copy Settings Wizard again from the start menu and picking Restore settings.In the dialog choose which settings you want to restore/be applied to your SOLIDWORKS installation. Note if there are multiple installations of SOLIDWORKS on your machine they will be listed here.
    • SOLIDWORKS Restore Setting
    • Choose Next > and you will be presented with three options for the destination of the file.
    • Eg; If to apply settings just to your own profile pick the Current User
  6. Choose Next >, then Finish. When the settings have been applied you will receive a confirmation dialog, choose OK and restart SOLIDWORKS to ensure your settings have been applied.
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