Status Bar

The status bar at the bottom of the SOLIDWORKS window provides information related to the function that you are performing.

To display or hide the status bar:

Click View > User Interface > Status Bar.

Information provided in the status bar:

  • A brief description as you move the pointer over a tool or click a menu item.
  • A rebuild icon , if you change a sketch or part that requires the rebuild of the part.
    A rebuild icon displays next to the part name and the feature that requires the rebuild. Look for the rebuild icon on the Menu Bar toolbar, also.

    The rebuild symbol displays when you edit a sketch. When you exit the sketch, the part rebuilds automatically.

  • Sketch status and pointer coordinates, when you are working in a sketch.
  • Common measurements for selected entities, such as the length of an edge.
  • A message to indicate that you are editing a part while in an assembly.
  • An icon for accessing the Reload dialog box when you use collaboration options.
  • Unit System , which shows the unit system for the active document in the status bar and lets you change or customize the unit system.
  • An icon to display or hide the Tags box, used to add keywords to features and parts to aid in searching.