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Prints the active document.

Grid lines in drawings are printed no closer than 5 mm to each other, as measured on the paper.

To print the active document:

  1. Click Print (Standard toolbar) or File, Print.

  1. In the dialog box, select from the options described below, then click OK.

Document Printer

  • Name. Specifies the printer.

    The system provides read-only information about the printer’s status, type, and location.

If the printer type uses a vector-only print driver such as a pen plotter, the output does not contain raster output such as shaded views, draft quality views, SpeedPak views, or bitmaps.

  • Properties. Sets options that are specific to the selected printer.

  • Page Setup. Specifies page setup options and advanced printer options such as scale, orientation, resolution, and so on.

System options

  • Margins. Specifies values for the top, bottom, left, and right margins for the document.

Document options

  • Header/Footer. Specifies headers and footers for the active document.

  • Line Thickness. Specifies  the line thickness that work best with your printer or plotter.

Print range

  • All sheets (Drawings only). Prints all sheets of a drawing document.

  • Current sheet (Drawings only). Prints the current drawing sheet.

  • Current screen image. Prints the image on the screen.

  • Selection (Drawings only). Prints a selected area of a drawing sheet at a scale you specify.

  • Sheets (Drawings only). Prints drawing sheets you enter. Separate sheets numbers by commas, or use a dash - to indicate a range.


Select from the following options. The last set state is remembered on subsequent prints during the current SolidWorks session only.

  • Number of copies. Sets the number of copies to print.

  • Print background. Prints the window background, in addition to the model or drawing.

  • Print to file. Prints to a file instead of the printer. Type a name for the file in the Print to File dialog box.

  • Convert draft quality drawing views to high quality (Drawings only). Converts the current draft quality view into high quality for printing purposes only.

  • Print crosshatch on out-of-date views. Specifies what happens when you Print (or Print Preview) a drawing that contains out-of-date views, with Allow auto-update when opening drawings cleared in System Options - Drawings. (If Allow auto-update when opening drawings is selected, the views update automatically, and the crosshatch is removed whenever you print the drawing.)

Rapid Prototype

Prints to a 3D rapid prototype printer (Drawings only). A 3D printer and printer driver must be available.


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