Appendix C. Tools, Options, Menu Settings

A program with the complexity of SolidWorks is going to have many settings. You can access most of these settings in the Tools


Be aware that from version to version, the options may change names, change locations, or be removed altogether. I have not documented settings that have been moved or removed.

System Options

System Options apply only to your local computer, but they also apply to every document that you open. The settings are not saved with the files, so be aware that when changing the System Options, other users on different computers will not necessarily see things the way that you see them.

Settings that are saved with the file and used on other computers are called Document Properties, and are discussed later in this appendix.

General Settings

The General System Options are for items that affect all of the software. One of the most used settings on this page is showing the dimension names, but several others are important. Figure C.1 shows the list of options on this page.

The System Options General page

Figure C.1. The System Options

The System Options General page
General page

  • Open last used document(s) at startup. The options are Never or Always. If ...

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