Hide Table of Contents

Show Dimensions in Drawing Sheet Example (VBA)

This example shows how to show all of the dimensions in a drawing sheet whether or not the dimensions are hidden or shown.




' Problem:

'       In the SolidWorks user interface, you can hide a dimension in a

'       drawing view through the shortcut menu.  The corresponding

'       API to do this is IModelDoc2::HideDimension.


'       However, in the use interface, there is no ready to show

'       a hidden dimension because it must be selected.


'       This example shows how to traverse all display dimensions

'       on a drawing sheet and show them.


' Preconditions: Drawing is open and dimensions are marked for drawing.


' Postconditions: None


' NOTE: Dimension is not shown if it is on a layer that

'       is hidden.



Option Explicit

Public Enum swAnnotationVisibilityState_e

    swAnnotationVisibilityUnknown = 0

    swAnnotationVisible = 1

    swAnnotationHalfHidden = 2

    swAnnotationHidden = 3

End Enum

Public Enum swAnnotationType_e

    swCThread = 1

    swDatumTag = 2

    swDatumTargetSym = 3

    swDisplayDimension = 4

    swGTol = 5

    swNote = 6

    swSFSymbol = 7

    swWeldSymbol = 8

    swCustomSymbol = 9

    swDowelSym = 10

    swLeader = 11

    swBlock = 12

    swCenterMarkSym = 13

    swTableAnnotation = 14

    swCenterLine = 15

    swDatumOrigin = 16

End Enum

Sub ProcessDrawing _

( _

    swApp As SldWorks.SldWorks, _

    swModel As SldWorks.ModelDoc2, _

    swView As SldWorks.View _


    Dim swAnn As SldWorks.Annotation


    Debug.Print "  " & swView.Name


    Set swAnn = swView.GetFirstAnnotation2

    Do While Not Nothing Is swAnn

        If swDisplayDimension = swAnn.GetType Then

            Debug.Print "    " & swAnn.GetName


            swAnn.Visible = swAnnotationVisible

        End If


        Set swAnn = swAnn.GetNext2


End Sub

Sub main()

    Dim swApp                       As SldWorks.SldWorks

    Dim swModel                     As SldWorks.ModelDoc2

    Dim swDraw                      As SldWorks.DrawingDoc

    Dim swView                      As SldWorks.View

    Dim bRet                        As Boolean


    Set swApp = Application.SldWorks

    Set swModel = swApp.ActiveDoc

    Set swDraw = swModel


    Debug.Print "File = " & swModel.GetPathName


    Set swView = swDraw.GetFirstView

    Do While Not Nothing Is swView


        ProcessDrawing swApp, swDraw, swView


        Set swView = swView.GetNextView




End Sub


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:   Show Dimensions in Drawing Sheet Example (VBA)
*   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: API Help (English only) 2014 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.