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Introduction
Welcome to SolidWorks Online Help
Conventions
Access to Help
Legal Notices
Administration
User Interface
SolidWorks Fundamentals
Moving from 2D to 3D
Assemblies
CircuitWorks
Configurations
SolidWorks Costing
Design Checker
Design Studies in SolidWorks
Drawings and Detailing
DFMXpress
DriveWorksXpress
FloXpress
Import and Export
Large Scale Design
Model Display
Mold Design
Motion Studies
Parts and Features
Routing
Sheet Metal
Simulation
SimulationXpress
Sketching
Sustainability Products
SolidWorks Utilities
Tolerancing
Toolbox
Weldments
Workgroup PDM
Troubleshooting
Glossary
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Welcome to SolidWorks Online Help

Getting Help


Access to Help Lists ways to access help for the SolidWorks® product and add-ins, as well as hints for searching. See Access to Help.
What's New

Introduces concepts and provides step-by-step examples for many new features.

Click Help > What's New > PDF or Help > What's New > HTML.

Interactive What's New

Highlights new features in the SolidWorks product and add-ins.

Click whatsnew_interactive.gif next to new or changed menu items and PropertyManagers.

Introducing SolidWorks

Discusses concepts and terminology used throughout the SolidWorks application. This document is for new SolidWorks users.

Click Help > Introducing SolidWorks (pdf).

SolidWorks Tutorials

Steps you through introductory to advanced examples that teach the functionality of the SolidWorks product and add-ins.

In the Task Pane, click the SolidWorks Resources tab tab_SolidWorks_Resources.gif. Under Getting Started, click Tutorials Task_Pane_Online_Tutorial.gif.

SolidWorks Glossary

Defines solid modeling and SolidWorks terms.

Click Glossary in the table of contents.

SolidWorks Admininstration Guides

Lets you access administration documents by release and language. See SolidWorks Administration Guides.

Release Notes

Describes new and changed functionality of each Service Pack.

Click Help > Release Notes.

Legal Notices Click Legal Notices under Introduction in the table of contents.

Getting Started


To perform a step-by-step example using the SolidWorks product and its add-ins

In the Task Pane, click the SolidWorks Resources tab tab_SolidWorks_Resources.gif. Under Getting Started, click Tutorials Task_Pane_Online_Tutorial.gif.

To open a new or existing model

Click New tool_New_Standard.gif or Open Tool_Open_Standard.gif on the menu bar.

To see pop-up hints and options while you create SolidWorks documents

Click Help > Quick Tips quick_tip_available.gif. See Quick Tips.

To access the SolidWorks menus

Hover over the SolidWorks logo sw_logo.png in the menu bar.

To turn Interactive What's New on or off

Click Help > What's New > Interactive.

To learn the main elements of the user interface

See User Interface Overview.


Connecting with the SolidWorks Community


To tap into community-based resources

Get answers to questions and interact with SolidWorks staff and users:

In the Task Pane, click the SolidWorks Resources tab tab_SolidWorks_Resources.gif and click links under Community.

To access the Customer Portal

Visit your entry point to community resources, support, and reference information:

In the Task Pane, click the SolidWorks Resources tab tab_SolidWorks_Resources.gif. Under Community, click Customer Portal Task_Pane_Subscription_Service.gif to log in.

See also www.solidworks.com/FAQ-CustomerCenter

To join the SolidWorks User Group Network

Find a user group near you. Attend a meeting to network with SolidWorks users and enhance your knowledge of our products:

In the Task Pane, click the SolidWorks Resources tab tab_SolidWorks_Resources.gif. Under Community, click User Groups Task_Pane_User_Groups.gif.

To access SolidWorks Technical Support

Download updates and get support:

In the Task Pane, click the SolidWorks Resources tab tab_SolidWorks_Resources.gif. Under Getting Started, click General Information Task_Pane_General_Information.gif.




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