Hide Table of Contents

Edit symbol graphics

When a symbol is in the library, it consists of a graphical representation and a set of technical characteristics stored in the database. The symbols must be edited using the Symbol management, if not they cannot be managed by the software. It will not have a mark and cannot be associated with a manufacturer part.


A symbol contains circuits, on which connection points can be placed. These connection points allow you to cut the wire. They are also used to propagate the numbers of the material terminals provided by the manufacturer part.


The symbols also have attributes (text) allowing certain information stored in the database to be propagated across the scheme (such as mark or cross references text).


Symbol management: Open

Contextual menu of a symbol: Symbol > Open symbol


Opens the selected symbol in a graphical interface. If you do not activate the Keep the dialog opened option, the Symbol management dialog box closes. If not, you can close it manually or resize it.


When the editor opens, the ribbon menu changes. An Edit symbol menu appears.


The dockable panel changes to display the symbol properties and the circuit definition.


Use the following steps to manage the symbol with SOLIDWORKS Electrical.

When you close the file, you are asked to save it.


The file can be open in DraftSight to edit the graphics.

Provide feedback on this topic

SOLIDWORKS welcomes your feedback concerning the presentation, accuracy, and thoroughness of the documentation. Use the form below to send your comments and suggestions about this topic directly to our documentation team. The documentation team cannot answer technical support questions. Click here for information about technical support.

* Required

Subject:   Feedback on Help Topics
Page:   Edit symbol graphics
*   I acknowledge I have read and I hereby accept the privacy policy under which my Personal Data will be used by Dassault Systèmes

Print Topic

Select the scope of content to print:


We have detected you are using a browser version older than Internet Explorer 7. For optimized display, we suggest upgrading your browser to Internet Explorer 7 or newer.

 Never show this message again

Web Help Content Version: SOLIDWORKS Electrical 2022 SP05

To disable Web help from within SOLIDWORKS and use local help instead, click Help > Use SOLIDWORKS Web Help.

To report problems encountered with the Web help interface and search, contact your local support representative. To provide feedback on individual help topics, use the “Feedback on this topic” link on the individual topic page.