Shortcut Bars

Customizable shortcut bars let you create your own set of “non-context” commands for each of the following modes:


You display these bars by pressing a user-definable keyboard shortcut. The default shortcut is the “S” key.

Customizing the Shortcut Bar

You can customize the Part, Assembly, Drawing, and Sketch Shortcut Toolbars.

To customize a shortcut bar:

  1. With any SOLIDWORKS document open, do one of the following:
    • Click Tools > Customize.
    • With nothing selected in the graphics area, press S, right-click the shortcut bar that appears, and click Customize.
  2. In the Customize dialog box, click the Shortcut Bars tab.
  3. Select a shortcut bar to customize.
    The shortcut bar appears.
  4. In the Customize dialog box, under Toolbar, select a command group and drag the desired buttons onto the shortcut bar. With the Customize dialog box open, you can also:
    • Remove a tool by dragging it from the shortcut bar.
    • Resize the shortcut bar by moving the pointer over an edge and dragging it.
    • Change the keyboard shortcut by clicking the Keyboard tab, sorting by Command, scrolling to Shortcut Bar, and changing the value for Shortcut(s).
  5. Click OK.