To display the menus, hover over the SOLIDWORKS logo in the upper-left corner. Click to pin the menus.

Menus and menu items are available depending on the active document type and environment. Many commands are also available in:

  • CommandManager
  • Toolbars
  • Shortcut menus
  • Task Pane

You can customize menus to hide or show items, and you can hide all menus in full screen mode.

Some commands are available only on shortcut menus, for example:
  • Recent Commands
  • Create sub-weldment
  • Insert into New Part

Microsoft Global Input Method Editors (IME)

SOLIDWORKS menus can include the commands Open IME or Close IME. These are Microsoft commands that allow you to enter complex characters and symbols, such as Japanese characters, using a standard keyboard.

For more information about IMEs:
  1. Go to
  2. Search using the following keyword: IME.