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System Colors Options

Set the colors in the user interface: backgrounds, drawing paper, sketch status, dimensions, annotations, etc.

Depending on the capabilities of your graphics card, you can apply lighting, shadows, reflections, etc. to models in the graphics area. The system colors you select interact with these tools.

To set system colors:

Click Options Tool_Options_Standard.gif (Standard toolbar) or Tools > Options, select Colors, and select from the options described below.

Click Reset to restore factory defaults for all system options or only for options on this page.

Current color scheme

Choose one of three highlight schemes (Blue, Green, and Orange) or any custom color schemes you have created and saved.
To identify a seed feature in a pattern more easily, pattern instances are highlighted in Selected Item 1 color, and seeds in Selected Item 2 color.

Color scheme settings

Select an item in the list to display its color. Click Edit to change the color.

Default appearance Name of current default appearance. Links to help about the default appearance.
Default scene Name of current default scene. Links to help about the default scene.
Background appearance Select one:

Use document scene background

The scene background that is saved with the document is used when it is opened in SOLIDWORKS.

We recommend that you set a scene for your model and then select this option. SOLIDWORKS provides scenes with backgrounds ranging from plain white to factory interiors. With RealView enabled, the SOLIDWORKS scenes provide lighting and background reflections. You can set a default scene that appears with every new model by right-clicking a scene in the Task Pane and selecting Set as default scene.


The color scheme selected for the Viewport Background is used as the background color.


The color scheme selected for the Top Gradient Color and Bottom Gradient Color is used as the background color.

Image file

Various background files are provided with the application. Those that are saved as schemes correspond to the color schemes listed in Current color scheme. Browse to select a system file or any other image file.

Specifying an Image file takes precedence over schemes in the Current color scheme list.
To display a TIFF image as a background, set the Background appearance to one of the following:
  • Plain
  • Gradient
  • Image file

Save As Scheme

Saves the set of colors you defined. After you save a color scheme, you can select it from Current color scheme.

Additional Options

Use specified color for drawings paper color Applies the colors selected for Drawings, Paper Color, Drawings, Visible Model Edges, and Drawings, Hidden Model Edges, to drawing sheets.
Use specified color for Shaded With Edges mode Applies the specified color to model edges when the model is in Shaded With Edges Tool_Shaded_With_Edges_View.gif mode. Specify a color for Edges in Shaded With Edges Mode under Color scheme settings. When cleared, the edges are the same color as the model, but slightly darker.
Use specified colors when editing parts in assemblies Applies the specified colors to the faces, features, and bodies of parts in assemblies. When cleared, the specified colors apply to the part names in the FeatureManager design tree. Specify colors for Assembly, Edit Part, Assembly, Non-Edit Parts, and Assembly, Hidden Lines of Edit Part under Color scheme settings.
Use specified color for changed drawing dimensions on open Applies the specified color to dimensions that have changed since the last time the drawing was saved. After the drawing with the changed dimensions is saved and closed, the changed dimensions highlighting is reset.
To see changed dimensions, the part or assembly and the drawing must first be saved in SOLIDWORKS 2012 or later.
Envelopes Sets the transparency of envelope components. Select one of the following:

Semi Transparent

Makes all envelopes transparent.


Makes all envelopes opaque.

Do Not Change

Retains the individual component transparency settings of each envelope.

Go To Document Colors If a part or assembly is open when you set system color options, you can go to the Model Display options on the Document Properties tab to set the feature colors for models.

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