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You can rotate and zoom the model or drawing to a preset view. Select from the standard views (Normal To, Front, Back, Isometric, and so on for a model, Full Sheet for a drawing) or add your own named views to the list.

To return to a previous view, click Previous View on the Heads-up View toolbar. You can undo the last 10 view changes.

To select a view:

  • Click View Orientation    (Heads-up View toolbar), and select a view orientation.

  • Click a view orientation on the Standard Views toolbar.

  • Double-click a view orientation in the Orientation dialog box.

Viewing Models Normal To

To display a model in Normal To view:

  1. In the model, select one of the following:

  • Plane or planar face

  • Cylindrical or conical face

  • Any feature created with a single sketch

  1. Click Normal To (View Orientation flyout Heads-up View toolbar).

If you click Normal To again, the model flips 180°.

See Orienting a Model to XYZ Coordinates for another way to display a model in Normal To view.

To select a view orientation with Normal To:

With this method, the first face you choose is parallel to the screen and the second face you choose is at the top of the view.

  1. Hold down Ctrl and select two planar faces. The second planar face cannot be parallel to the first.

  2. Click Normal To (View Orientation flyout Heads-up View toolbar).

You can also use Normal To to orient a model or 3D sketch with XYZ coordinates .

Orientation Dialog Box

To display the Orientation dialog box:

Do one of the following:

  • Click View Orientation art\VIEW00.gif (View toolbar).

  • Click View, Modify, Orientation.

  • Press the Space Bar.

  • Right-click in a drawing sheet and select Zoom/Pan/Rotate, View Orientation.

    To keep the Orientation list open, click art\PUSHPIN.gif in the dialog box.

To add a custom named view to the Orientation dialog box:

  1. Use the Rotate, Zoom, and Pan commands to create the desired view.

In drawings, you can use the 3D Drawing View tool to create the desired view for another model view.

  1. With the Orientation dialog box open, click New View art\OR_NEW.gif.

  2. Type a name in the dialog box, then click OK.

    The name appears at the top of the list of views. To display the view, double-click the name.

To delete a named view, select the name and press Delete.

To change the orientation of the standard model views in the Orientation dialog box:

  1. In the Orientation dialog box, double-click one of the named views to select the new orientation. For example, if you want what is currently the Left view to become the front view, double-click Left.

  2. Select the name of the standard view you want to assign to the current orientation of the model. For example, select Front if you want the current view to become the front.

  3. Click Update Standard Views art\OR_UPDAT.gif. This updates all of the standard views so they are relative to the selected view.

  4. Click Yes to confirm the update.

To return all standard model views to their default settings in the Orientation dialog box:

  1. In the Orientation dialog box, click Reset Standard Views art\OR_RESET.gif.

  2. Click Yes to confirm the update.

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