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If you have questions while you use SolidWorks, you can find answers in several ways:

On the Help menu:

  • SolidWorks Help. This facility, also available with Help art\STD-help.gif (Standard toolbar).

  • SolidWorks Tutorials. Step-by-step lessons with sample files covering SolidWorks and many add-ins. Also available on the Task Pane SolidWorks Resources tab .

  • API Help Topics. Assistance for Application Programming Interface.

  • Release Notes. The latest information about the latest service pack.

  • What's New. A help file or Adobe Acrobat file with information on new functionality at the current SolidWorks release.  Also available on the Task Pane SolidWorks Resources tab .

  • What's New > Interactive What's New. Click next to new menu items and the titles of new and changed PropertyManagers to link to the corresponding topics in What's New.

  • Quick Tips. Pop-up messages with hints and options based on the current SolidWorks mode. Most of the messages contain links to corresponding items in the SolidWorks window. Quick Tips are not available when the SolidWorks tutorials are active.

  • Introducing SolidWorks (PDF). Provides an overview of the SolidWorks product. Also available on the Task Pane SolidWorks Resources tab .

  • Moving from 2D to 3D. Helps you transition from 2D CAD software to 3D SolidWorks software. It compares terms and concepts, explains SolidWorks approaches to design, and provides links into SolidWorks help, tutorials, and other resources.

  • Use SolidWorks Web Help. Switches between help on the Web and local help.

  • Check for Updates. Check immediately or schedule regular checks for later service packs.

  • Activate Licenses. Initiate the license activation procedure.

  • Transfer Licenses. Transfer a license back to SolidWorks so you can activate it on a different or rebuilt computer.

  • Show Licenses. Show the currently activated products.

  • About SolidWorks. Displays information about the SolidWorks product, its version, copyright, and license agreement, and the active serial number. Click Connect to link to the SolidWorks web site.

In the SolidWorks user interface:

  • PropertyManagers and dialog boxes. In an active PropertyManager or dialog box, click Help , click the Help button, or press F1 to open context-sensitive help.

  • Tooltips. Hover the pointer to see information about tools on toolbars and items in PropertyManagers and dialog boxes.

  • Status Bar. A brief description of current status and activity appears in the Status Bar at the bottom of the SolidWorks window.

On the Task Pane SolidWorks Resources tab :

  • Getting Started. Opens new or existing documents, links to tutorials.

  • Community. Links to subscription service, discussion forum, user groups, and news.

  • Online Resources. Links to the Supplier Source Web site, Partner Solutions, SolidWorks Labs, and ScanTo3D.

  • Tip of the Day.


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