Hide Table of Contents


This information is specific to one or more CAD systems. See the SolidWorks eDrawings functionality matrix for availability information.

  • You can use the Rotate tool in the SolidWorks eDrawings Viewer to rotate part and assembly models, as well as drawing, detail, and section views of drawings. The eDrawings software supports display of 3D annotations.

  • Select View, All Annotations to toggle the display of annotations in parts and assemblies. Annotations remain displayed when you rotate a model.

  • To rotate models published from SolidWorks with wireframe, HLR, or HLV views, you must select the Draft Quality HLR/HLV option (View toolbar) in SolidWorks.

  • Annotations in eDrawings part or assembly files published prior to SolidWorks 2006 display improperly when you rotate the model. Re-publish the files in SolidWorks 2006 or later to improve quality.

To rotate models:

  • Click Rotate or View, Rotate and drag in the graphics area.

  • Press the arrow keys to rotate vertically or horizontally in 10° increments; hold down Shift with the arrow keys for 90° increments.

  • Hold down the middle mouse button and drag.

To rotate views in drawings:

  1. On the Sheets tab in the SolidWorks eDrawings Manager, activate a drawing, detail, or section view in a drawing.

    You can also activate views from the Overview window. In this case, the corresponding view in the graphics area does not need to be highlighted.

  2. Click Rotate or View, Rotate.

    The active view zooms to fit in the graphics area and the pointer changes to .

  1. Drag to rotate the view.

    The drawing view is replaced by the model in the graphics area, so you are rotating the model from which the drawing was created. Annotations are hidden during rotation.

To return drawings to their original state, click Home .

You cannot use the arrow keys or the middle mouse button to rotate views in drawings.


Provide feedback on this topic

SOLIDWORKS welcomes your feedback concerning the presentation, accuracy, and thoroughness of the documentation. Use the form below to send your comments and suggestions about this topic directly to our documentation team. The documentation team cannot answer technical support questions. Click here for information about technical support.

* Required

Subject:   Feedback on Help Topics
Page:   Rotate
*   I acknowledge I have read and I hereby accept the privacy policy under which my Personal Data will be used by Dassault Systèmes

Print Topic

Select the scope of content to print:


We have detected you are using a browser version older than Internet Explorer 7. For optimized display, we suggest upgrading your browser to Internet Explorer 7 or newer.

 Never show this message again

Web Help Content Version: eDrawings 2011 SP05

To disable Web help from within SOLIDWORKS and use local help instead, click Help > Use SOLIDWORKS Web Help.

To report problems encountered with the Web help interface and search, contact your local support representative. To provide feedback on individual help topics, use the “Feedback on this topic” link on the individual topic page.