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Searching Help, Knowledge Base, and Forums

You can search for information in SOLIDWORKS Help, in the online SOLIDWORKS Knowledge Base, and in community forums.

To search in SOLIDWORKS Help you must enable SOLIDWORKS Web Help (Help > Use SOLIDWORKS Web Help).
Access to the Knowledge Base requires SOLIDWORKS Subscription Service and a Customer Portal login.
You can also search local or web-based Help using the built-in search capabilities of the Help system.

To search for information:

  1. In the SOLIDWORKS application, expand the search menu (upper right corner) and click one of the following:
    • SOLIDWORKS Help
    • Knowledge Base
    • Community Forum
    • Commands
    • Files and Models
  2. Type the text to search for, then press Enter.

    As you type, Search provides suggestions based on your recent searches.

    Search results appear as follows:

    search_sw_help.gif Commands Searches valid SOLIDWORKS commands for the current document.
    search_solidworks_help_menu.png SOLIDWORKS Help Searches the SOLIDWORKS Web Help window.
    search_knowledge_base_menu.png Knowledge Base Searches the SOLIDWORKS Customer Portal window.
    search_community_menu.png Community Forum Searches the SOLIDWORKS Community Forums window.
    search_files_and_models_menu.png Files and Models Searches your computer for files and models.



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Web Help Content Version: SOLIDWORKS 2015 SP05

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

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