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Using the Measure Tool

To use the measure tool:

  1. Click Measure (Tools toolbar) or Tools > Evaluate > Measure.
    While the Measure dialog box is open, you can switch among different documents without closing the dialog box. If you activate a document that has items already selected, the measurement information updates automatically.
  2. Optionally set the options to define the unit of measure (Units/Precision Measure_UnitsPrecision.gif), show XYZ measurements (Show XYZ Measurements Measure_XYZ.gif), define the coordinate system (XYZ Relative To Measure_XYZRelTo.gif), or project the measurement onto another entity (Projected On Measure_ProjectedOn.gif).
  3. Do one of the following:
    Option Description
    To measure a single entity: Select the entity in the graphics area.

    To measure the distance between two arcs or circles: Select two arcs or circles and click Arc/Circle Measure_ArcCircle.gif to set the options.
    To use the arc/circle options, point-to-point mode must be disabled.
    To measure the smallest distance between two entities: Select each entity on the model.

    To measure the distance between two points: Click Point-to-Point tool_measure_point_to_point.gif and select two points on the model.
    Callouts appear in the graphics area and new measurements appear in the Measure dialog box.
  4. Optionally, click Measurement History tool_measure_history.gif to view all measurements made during the current session of SOLIDWORKS.
  • To clear an item from the current selections, click the item again in the graphics area.
  • To clear all selections, click a blank area in the graphics area.
  • To temporarily turn off the measure function, right-click in the graphics area, and choose Select.
  • To turn the measure function back on, click inside the Measure dialog box.


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