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System Options - General

Specify general system options such as enabling the performance feedback option and the Confirmation Corner.

To open the System Options dialog box, click Options (Standard toolbar).

Open last used document(s) at startup


When you restart the SolidWorks software, automatically opens the documents that were open when you last exited the SolidWorks software.


Input dimension value Opens the Modify dialog box when you insert a dimension.
Single command per pick Clears the sketch and dimension tools after each use.
Double-clicking a tool causes it to remain selected for additional use.
Use shaded face highlighting Displays selected faces in a solid color (green by default).
To specify a different highlight color, from the System Options dialog box, click Colors and modify the current color scheme.
Some third-party applications might require that you clear this option.
Show thumbnail graphics in Windows Explorer Displays a thumbnail graphic instead of an icon in Windows Explorer for each SolidWorks part or assembly document. The graphic is displayed in an isometric view, zoomed to fit, with a white background. A palette of 16 colors is used. If the model uses a color that is not available, a similar color is substituted.
The thumbnail graphics are also displayed in the Open and Save As dialog boxes.
Use system separator for dimensions Selects the default operating system decimal separator displaying decimal numbers. To override the default separator, clear the option and type a symbol (usually a period or a comma).
Set the operating system default, from the Windows Control Panel.
Use English language menus Sets the menu language to English when you specify another language during installation and you set the regional options in the Windows Control Panel to that language.
You must exit and restart the SolidWorks software for this change to take place.
Use English language feature and file names Displays feature names in the FeatureManager design tree and automatically created file names in English. Existing feature and file names in a foreign language do not update when you select this option.
This option is available when you clear Use English language menus, you are running the SolidWorks software on a foreign language operating system, and you installed SolidWorks for that foreign language.
Enable Confirmation Corner Displays the Confirmation Corner in the upper right corner of the graphics area.
Auto-show PropertyManager Displays the PropertyManager when you select existing sketch entities, dimensions, and annotations in the graphics area.
If the option is cleared and you select existing sketch entities, dimensions, and annotations in the graphics area, you can click the PropertyManager tab manually to display the PropertyManager.
Auto-size PropertyManager when panels are split Resizes the PropertyManager when you split the graphics area into panels.
Automatically edit macro after recording Opens the macro editor after you have recorded and saved a macro.
Stop VSTA debugger on macro exit Stops the VSTA macro debugger as soon as a macro exits. When cleared, leaves the debugger running so that you can continue to debug the UI or event created by the macro.

For example, if a macro displays a form and exits, the form disappears as soon as the macro ends. Clear this option so that the debugger continues to run and the form is available for you to test.

Enable FeatureXpert Enables FeatureXpert to automatically fix parts so they rebuild successfully.
Enable Freeze bar Enables Feature Freeze. Use in complex models to exclude features from rebuilds of the model, which reduces rebuild time, and to prevent unintentional changes to the model.
When rebuild error occurs Controls the action at the first rebuild error.


Allows you to fix the model before rebuilding.

Feature error explanations appear when you hover the pointer over a feature in the FeatureManager design tree.


Continues to rebuild the model with the error without prompting.


Prompts you to continue rebuilding or to stop when an error is encountered.

Custom property used as component description Specifies a custom description. For example, the Open dialog box has a Description label that displays the model description. Instead of displaying the Description label, you can display a label that you specify. See Summary Information - Custom and Configuration Specific.
If you change the custom property used as component description in a document that has already been saved, you must manually add the new description to the Summary Information dialog box.
Show latest news feeds in task pane Displays regular updates in the Latest News section of the SolidWorks Resources tab of the Task Pane.
Help make SolidWorks products better by automatically sending your log files to DS Solidworks Corporation Silently sends your log files for review to the SolidWorks Customer Experience Improvement Program.
Disable additional weldment configuration description strings Removes the As Welded and As Machined configuration descriptions when you insert a weldment feature into a new part.
Reset Restores factory defaults for all system options or for only general system options.
Enable sounds for SolidWorks events Enables sounds for events such as File Open Complete and Collision Detected.
Configure Sounds Opens the Windows Sound dialog box, where you can assign sounds to SolidWorks events.

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