SOLIDWORKS Dialog Box Off Screen Solutions

Article by Tashayla Openshaw on Dec 21, 2021

Have you ever had a dialog box not appear on your screen, causing SOLIDWORKS to become unresponsive? This can happen for a variety of reasons, including an external monitor being disconnected or even a malfunction in Windows.

Solutions for SOLIDWORKS Off Screen Dialog Boxes 

So what can be done to resolve SOLIDWORKS off screen dialog boxes? There are a few different options; keep in mind that not all of these suggestions will resolve the issue, but they will be listed in order of difficulty, starting at the most simple fix.

#1. Windows Key + Arrow Keys

Hold down the Windows Key, while attempting different variations of the arrow keys. For example, if you used to have a monitor on the left side of your main monitor, hold down the Windows Key and push the right arrow key a few times to try and move the dialog to the right. 

SOLIDWORKS Dialog Box Off Screen Solutions

#2. F11 Key

Select the F11 key. This will change the main SOLIDWORKS screen to fullscreen mode.

SOLIDWORKS Dialog Box Off Screen Solution F11 Key

#3. Modify Screen Resolution

Right-click on the Desktop and select Display settings. Try a couple of different values for Display resolution.

SOLIDWORKS Dialog Box Off Screen Solution Modify Screen Resolution

#4. Disconnect External Monitors

If there are multiple external monitors, disconnect one at a time. This can force dialog boxes that may be off screen onto connected screens or laptop screens.

If you're on a laptop and it is connected to a docking station, try disconnecting from that.

#5. Windows Key + P

Hold down the Windows Key and select P, for a laptop choose PC screen only.

SOLIDWORKS Dialog Box Off Screen Solution Windows Key + P

#6. Reset SOLIDWORKS Dialog Registry Key

  • Make sure SOLIDWORKS is closed, if needed, end the task in the Task Manager.
  • Run a Windows search (select Windows Key and start typing) for “regedit”, it may appear as “regedit.exe” or “Registry Editor”, select the one that appears and run as an administrator.
  • Find this key
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\SolidWorks\SOLIDWORKS <version>\User Interface\Dialogs
  • Right-click on Dialogs and select Rename.
  • Add a “.old” to the end of the name and select Enter. The name should now read “Dialogs.old”.
  • Relaunch SOLIDWORKS and test the issue again. (Relaunching the program will recreate the Dialogs folder.)
  • A walkthrough of a complete SOLIDWORKS registry reset can be found here: How to Rebuild the SOLIDWORKS Registry 
    • Keep in mind you will go a couple of folders deeper than explained here.

#7. Test in a Brand New Windows User Account

Make sure not to clone the current account, create one from scratch and test the behavior again.

#8. Clean Uninstall and Reinstall of SOLIDWORKS

I hope you found this tutorial helpful. Check out more SOLIDWORKS tips and tricks on our YouTube channel and listed below.

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About Tashayla Openshaw

Tashayla Openshaw is a SOLIDWORKS Technical Support Engineer based out of our Headquarters in Salt Lake City, Utah. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Utah in 2018 and has been part of the GoEngineer family since February 2019.

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