Tag Archives: Drawing

SOLIDWORKS 2016: Reduce Mouse Travel with “D” Key



SOLIDWORKS 2016 gives you a new option to move the Confirmation Corner option next to pointer. The existing method of pressing RMB or right click and select OK from the pop up window still works. But in some cases where you need to click the OK or Cancel button from right top corner or feature manager, can now be brought to near to pointer using the shortcut key “D”.

This option works with Part, Assembly and Drawings as well. The shortcut key can be changed to any other key.


Fixing Diameter Symbol Displaying As MOD-DIAM instead of ø in SOLIDWORKS

I have seen that lot of people are having issues where symbols have changed to the scripts instead of display as symbols specially the Diameter symbol which instead of showing as ø, show up as <MOD-DIAM>.

Diameter Symbol as MOD-DIAM

OR even getting error message for missing Gtol.sym file.

Missing Gtol.sym File

Where as this is the correct behavior.

Correct Display

So let’s talk about different options to fix it.

1. Save and close all active files in SOLIDWORKS and restart it. This should fix the issue.

2. If you’re seeing the issue again then make sure there is no another instance/session of hidden SOLIDWORKS running in the background (could be a session that didn’t closed completely).

3. If 1 and 2 doesn’t help then either Gtol.sym file is missing OR corrupted.

For system running versions older than 2014, make sure that Gtol.sym is under C:\Program Files\SOLIDWORKS Corp 20XX\SOLIDWORKS\lang\English folder (path may vary in different version of SOLIDWORKS but make sure it located under \SOLIDWORKS\lang\English folder).

For versions 2014 and above, the default path is C:\Program Data*\SOLIDWORKS\SOLIDWORKS Corp 20XX\lang\English folder but you can opt for any folder location and map the path under Tools > Options > System Options > File Locations > Symbol Library File. In case there are multiple users, once can place the file in a common place that everyone can access.

Setting File Location

Program Data is a hidden folder by default. So make sure you’ve “Show Hidden Files, Folder, drives” checked as shown below.

Program Data Folder


In case you’re unable to find the file in the location mentioned above then you can copy it from different machine OR download here and copy to your machine in appropriate folder. Further make sure that you’ve mapped the file path correctly under Tools > Options > System Options > File Locations > Symbol Library File

SOLIDWORKS Macro: Open Model From Active Drawing

Open Model from Active Drawing

Name/Size: Open Model From Active Drawing 31k
Version/Date: 1.0 03/27/2015
Programmer/Copyright: Deepak Gupta www.gupta9665.com
Description: Macro to open/activate part/assembly model from current active drawing similar to open part/assembly option when you click on a view. The macro will open model being referenced by first view.

All macros will be updated/made for SOLIDWORKS 2015. In case you’re running a different version then update/correct the macro reference as suggested here (don’t worry on the fact that video is for fixing missing library error but check the process to update your macro library) : Fix-Update SOLIDWORKS Macro References

Cross-platform PDF Converter – Able2Extract 8

Able2Extract 8 is a powerful PDF Converter tool that lets users convert their PDF data into formatted MS Excel spreadsheets, editable MS Word documents, Publisher files, forms, powerpoint presentations, Autocad (DWG, DXF), Open Office, image formats (jpeg, bmp, png, tiff, etc.), HTML and more.

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Covert your PDF into SolidWorks with Able2Extract Professional

Able2Extract Professional is a powerful PDF Converter tool that lets users convert their PDF data into formatted MS Excel spreadsheets, editable MS Word documents, Publisher files, forms, powerpoint presentations, Autocad (DWG, DXF), Open Office, image formats (jpeg, bmp, png, tiff, etc.), HTML and more.

Using the 3 simple steps, you can convert your PDF drawings into DWG/DXF and then import them into SolidWorks to make cool 3d models. I’m using an example from the PDF file shared by Daniel Herzberg on SolidWorks forums.

Let’s play the Abl2Extract “Open, Select, Convert” game and make some quick 3d models:

1. Start Able2Extract  and open the PDF file you want to convert.

2. Select the area or complete drawing for conversion

3. Choose DWG/DXF as the file type and you’re done. Make sure to set the required units and scale.

4. Hit Convert and then save the file as required

5. Start SolidWorks and open the saved DWG/DXF file. Follow the steps to get either a Part file or Drawing

6. Since I’ve chosen Part file, here are the quick pictures of the steps I did.

7. Now you’ve a 2d sketch in a part file, so make up your quick 3d model. You can also use 2d to 3d tools 🙂

Check here for details on Features List, System Requirements, Quick Start Guide  and more information on Able2Extract Professional


Making your Drawing Sheets Party together

Do you ever move your sheets from one drawing to another or combine several drawings into one. Let’s play a game to move sheet from one drawing and make it party with other drawing.

You can download the files from here.

1. Open all the drawing files.

2. You may arrange them  (by clicking on Windows menu and setting Vertically or Horizontally)  so that you can select quickly.

3. Now activate the drawing from which you want to copy the sheet.Right click on the sheet in the sheet tab or in feature manager and select COPY.

4. Now activate the drawing in which you want to copy the sheet. Right click on the sheet in the sheet tab or in feature manager and select PASTE.

5. Set the position as required.

6. You can see the sheet copied over to the selected position.

7. Similarly you can do for other sheets if required.

8. You may rename the sheets. Right click on the sheet in the sheet tab, select rename and set the new name OR right click on the sheet in feature manager and select Properties OR right click anywhere on the sheet and select properties. In the pop window, set the new name.

Using Sketch for dimensioning in Drawing

There might be situations when you need to use a sketch to show some dimension in a drawing.  You simply turn on the sketch and create the required dimensions.

Now next thing will be to hide the sketch as you don’t want to show it up. So you simply right click on the sketch in the feature manager and set the sketch to hide.

Oops, to your surprise, the dimension which you have created have also puffed off (or better to say they hide too). Now if you turn the sketch on (or show) then only you can see the dimensions which you don’t want. So here is simple trick to get what you need.

  1. Set the sketch to show and create the required dimensions.
  2. Right click on the sketch in the feature manager and set the sketch to hide.
  3. Now is the real thing. Right click on the sketch in the feature manager and select show dimensions.

Hurray, you have the dimensions back to live (which you have created earlier) with your sketch hidden.