SOLIDWORKS Electrical 2D: Changing the Automatic Root Value for Symbols

Article by GoEngineer on Jan 19, 2014

This article explains how to change the automatic root value for symbols inserted into the SOLIDWORKS Electrical 2D documents (Single-line and Multi-line schematics).

  1. In SOLIDWORKS Electrical, click on the “Library” tab. Invoke the symbols/parts classification manager by clicking on the “Component Classification” Command.

    SOLIDWORKS Electrical Component Classification Option

  2. A root (i.e., A, Y, etc.) is associated with each classification or sub-classification. The root can be changed by double-clicking in the corresponding field of classification or sub-classification.

    SOLIDWORKS Electrical Default Root Configurations


  1. If the “Root” field is changed, the corresponding symbol will have that Root Mark when dropped on a schematic. For example, if the root for the circuit-breakers is changed from Q to CB, then the symbol will be marked as CB1 if that is the first instance of a circuit breaker inserted into the schematic (See Image Below).

    Changing Automatic Root Value for Symbols in SOLIDWORKS Electrical

  2. A component’s root mark can also be changed manually by right-clicking on the symbol and clicking on the “symbol properties.” Here, a root and number can be assigned for that one instance of the symbol.

    SOLIDWORKS Electrical Symbol Properties Root Value

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