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Display and Selection Options

Specify options for the display and selection of edges, planes, and so on.

To set display and selection options:

  1. Click Options Tool_Options_Standard.gif or Tools > Options.
  2. Select Display/Selection.
  3. Select from the options described below, then click OK.
Click Reset to restore factory defaults for all system options or only for options on this page.

Default bulk selection method

Lasso Enables freehand selection.
Box Enables box selection.
To change box selection to lasso selection the graphics area, right-click in the graphics area and click Lasso Selection.

Hidden edges displayed as

Solid or Dashed Specifies how hidden edges are displayed in Hidden Lines Visible mode in part and assembly documents.

Selection of hidden edges

Allow selection in wireframe and HLV modes Allows you to select hidden edges or vertices in Wireframe and Hidden Lines Visible modes.
Allow selection in HLR and shaded modes Allows you to select hidden edges or vertices in Hidden Lines Removed, Shaded With Edges, and Shaded modes.

Part/Assembly edge display

Controls how tangent edges are displayed when the model is in Hidden Lines Removed, Hidden Lines Visible, or Shaded With Edges mode.

As visible
As phantom
You can also click View > Display, and select Tangent Edges Visible, Tangent Edges as Phantom, or Tangent Edges Removed.

Edge display in shaded with edges mode

HLR Any edges that would appear in Hidden Lines Removed mode are displayed in Shaded With Edges mode also.
Optimize for thin parts Available when you select HLR. Use to accurately display thin-walled parts and assemblies and to prevent edges from blending.
To use this option the graphics card and driver must support OpenGl 4.0, GLSL 4.0 or greater.
Wireframe All edges are shown in Shaded With Edges mode (like Wireframe).

Assembly transparency for in context edit

Controls the transparency options when you edit assembly components. These settings affect only the components that are not being edited. (This option is not available when Large Assembly Mode is on.)

Opaque assembly Components not being edited are opaque.
Maintain assembly transparency Components not being edited retain their individual transparency settings.
Force assembly transparency Components not being edited use the transparency level you set here. Move the slider to the desired transparency level (to the right is more transparent).
You can also change the colors used in Edit Component mode.


Determines the extent of anti-aliasing to apply to models in the graphics area. Anti-aliasing smooths jagged edges, making an image appear more realistic.

When one or more documents are open, some anti-aliasing options may be disabled. All anti-aliasing options are disabled in Large Assembly Mode.
None Disables anti-aliasing.
Anti-alias edges/sketches Smooths out jagged edges in Shaded With Edges, Wireframe, Hidden Lines Removed, and Hidden Lines Visible modes. Example: Anti-Alias Edge Display
Full scene anti-aliasing Available if your video card supports full scene anti-aliasing and has passed a stability test. You must set the graphics card control panel settings for anti-aliasing so that the application has control. Applies anti-aliasing to the entire graphics area for parts, assemblies, and drawings.
Close all SOLIDWORKS documents before you turn on or off full scene anti-aliasing. Restart the SOLIDWORKS software for full scene anti-aliasing to take effect.
Highlight all edges of features selected in graphics view All edges of a feature are highlighted when you select the feature.
Dynamic highlight from graphics view Model faces, edges, and vertices are highlighted when you move the pointer over a sketch, model, or drawing. (This option is not available when Large Assembly Mode is on.)
Show open edges of surfaces in different color Makes it easier to differentiate between the open edges of a surface and any tangent edges or silhouette edges.
To specify the edge color, click Tools > Options > System Options > Colors . Select Surfaces > Open Edges in System colors.
Display shaded planes Displays transparent shaded planes with a wireframe edge that have different front and back colors.
To specify the shaded plane colors, click Tools > Options > Document Properties > Plane Display . Under Faces, select Front Face Color or Back Face Color to change the colors. Use the slider to adjust the transparency level (to the right is more transparent).
Enable selection through transparency When selected, you can select opaque objects behind transparent objects in the graphics area. When cleared, you can select the nearest object regardless of transparency. Press Shift when you select objects to temporarily override the option.
Display reference triad Displays a reference triad to help orient you when viewing models. The reference triad is for display purposes only; you cannot select it or use it as an inference point.
Display scrollbars in graphics view This option is unavailable when a document is open. To change this setting, you must close all documents.
Display draft quality ambient occlusion Select to use draft quality for rendering models when you are using Ambient Occlusion. Draft quality renders faster but has less visual fidelity. Clear to use the default quality.
Display SpeedPak graphics circle Enables or disables the display of the SpeedPak graphics circle.

When you enable the graphics circle, only selectable geometry is visible in the region surrounding the pointer.

When you disable the graphics circle, all geometry in the region surrounding the pointer remains visible.

Display Pattern Information Tooltips Select to display information about a pattern including pattern name, pattern type, all seeds used to create the pattern, spacing and number of instances, and instances skipped and instances varied.
Projection type for four view viewport Controls which views are displayed in the viewports when you click Four View Tool_Four_View_Standard_Views.gif (Standard Views toolbar). Select one of the following:

First Angle

Front, Left, Top, and Trimetric.

Third Angle

Front, Right, Top, and Trimetric.

Display dimensions flat to screen Select to display dimension text in the plane of your computer screen. Clear to display dimension text in the plane of the dimension's 3D annotation view. Example: Display Dimensions Flat to Screen
Display notes flat to screen Select to display notes in the plane of your computer screen. Clear to display notes in the plane of the dimension's 3D annotation view.
Enhance small face selection precision Causes the software to use a more precise selection method when you make small mouse movements when trying to select an edge or face.

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