How Do I Edit a Drawing in SolidWorks?

So, you’ve created a drawing in SolidWorks and now you need to make some edits. Not to worry, editing a drawing in SolidWorks is simple and intuitive. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process step by step.

Step 1: Open the Drawing

To begin editing your drawing, open it in SolidWorks by navigating to File > Open and selecting the appropriate file from your computer. Once opened, you will see the drawing displayed in the graphics area.

Step 2: Make Changes

Now that your drawing is open, it’s time to make the necessary changes. There are several tools and options available in SolidWorks to help you modify your drawing.

Edit Sheet Format:

If you need to change the sheet format of your drawing, such as modifying title blocks or adding additional information, go to Format > Edit Sheet Format. This will allow you to make changes directly on the sheet.

Edit Annotations:

To edit individual annotations within your drawing, simply select them by clicking on them. Once selected, you can modify properties such as size, position, font style, and more using the options available in the PropertyManager.

Edit Dimensions:

If you need to adjust dimensions within your drawing, select the dimension(s) you wish to modify and use the Edit Dimension tool located on the Annotate tab. From here, you can change values or reposition dimensions as needed.

Edit Sketches:

In some cases, you may need to edit the original sketch that the drawing is based on. To do this, simply locate the feature or sketch in the FeatureManager design tree, right-click on it, and choose Edit Sketch. Make your changes in the sketch environment and then exit when finished.

Step 3: Save and Update

Once you have made all the necessary changes to your drawing, it’s important to save your work. Go to File > Save or use the shortcut Ctrl + S. This will save your edits and update the drawing with the latest changes.


In conclusion, editing a drawing in SolidWorks is a straightforward process. By following these steps and utilizing the various tools available in SolidWorks, you can easily make modifications to your drawings with confidence.

Note: It’s always a good practice to create backups of your original files before making any major edits.

  • Step 1: Open the Drawing
  • Step 2: Make Changes
    • Edit Sheet Format:
    • Edit Annotations:
    • Edit Dimensions:
    • Edit Sketches:
  • Step 3: Save and Update

If you found this tutorial helpful, check out our other SolidWorks tutorials for more tips and tricks!