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Overview of SolidWorks Options

Customize SolidWorks functionality.

Options Dialog Box Structure

The SolidWorks Options tabs emphasize the difference between system options and document properties.

  • System Options. The system options are stored in the registry and are not part of the documents. Therefore, these changes affect all documents, current and future.

  • Document Properties. The document properties apply only to the current document, and the Document Properties tab is available only when a document is open. New documents get their document settings (such as Units, Image Quality, and so on) from the document properties of the template used to create the document. Use the Document Properties tab when you set up document templates.

The options listed on each tab are displayed in tree format on the left side of the dialog box. As you click an item in the tree, the options for the item appear on the right side of the dialog box. The title bar displays the title of the tab and the title of the options page.

To access the Options dialog box:

  • Click Options on the Menu Bar toolbar, or Tools, Options. The Options dialog box appears with the System Options tab active.

  • Right-click in the FeatureManager design tree area and select Document Properties. (There must be no items selected in the FeatureManager design tree or graphics area in order to select Document Properties.) The Options dialog box appears with the Document Properties tab active.

  • Click Grid/Snap on the Sketch toolbar. The Options dialog box appears with the Grid/Snap page of the Document Properties tab active.

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