Selecting entities in SOLIDWORKS is one of the most basic functionalities that all other tools rely on. SOLIDWORKS offers several tools that can help aid users in making quick and accurate selections amongst a virtual sea of geometry.
The selection filter allows the user to specify which type of entity they want their cursor to select, ignoring all other types of entities.
You can tell the selection filter is enabled because of the purple funnel icon next to the cursor. It is key to have the Selection Filter toolbox visible (use F5 to toggle the toolbox visibility on/off) to easily toggle which entities are being filtered.
Some hotkeys to keep in mind:
There are three additional selection methods in the right-click menu that are only available within certain contexts.
Sometimes, when you need to select an entity for a command, the desired selection is hidden beneath other components or faces. This is a situation in which Select Other can really shine.
When right-clicking on any entity in SOLIDWORKS, there is the Select Other command. This pulls up a list of entities near the original selection to pick from. This helps the user accurately select which face or edge they want in a situation where there are many adjacent entities.
While in the Select Other command, right-clicking will hide faces until the command is finished or canceled. This is a great tool for selecting faces that are inaccessible. An example of this is for mating two faces together when the components are already close to each other, such as the underside of a washer.
These SOLIDWORKS selection tools are just the beginning. Check out some of our other articles that go over even more options for selecting geometry:
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About Braden Leasure
Braden Leasure is a Sr. SOLIDWORKS Technical Support Engineer at GoEngineer.
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