How Do I Enable SolidWorks Inspection?

How Do I Enable SolidWorks Inspection?

When working with SolidWorks, enabling the Inspection tool can greatly enhance your workflow and productivity. In this tutorial, we will walk you through the steps to enable SolidWorks Inspection and take advantage of its powerful features.

Step 1: Launching SolidWorks

First, open SolidWorks by double-clicking on its icon. Once the software is launched, you will be greeted with the home screen.

Step 2: Accessing the Add-ins Manager

To enable SolidWorks Inspection, we need to access the Add-ins Manager. Go to the top menu bar and click on Tools. A dropdown menu will appear, and from there, select Add-ins.

Step 3: Enabling SolidWorks Inspection

The Add-ins Manager window will open. In this window, you will find a list of available add-ins for SolidWorks. Look for SolidWorks Inspection in the list.

To enable this add-in, simply check the box next to it. You can also choose to load it during startup by checking the corresponding option below.

Step 4: Confirming Changes

After enabling SolidWorks Inspection, click on OK. This will apply your changes and close the Add-ins Manager window.

Step 5: Accessing SolidWorks Inspection Toolbar

To access the newly enabled SolidWorks Inspection tools, go to the top menu bar again and click on Add-Ins. From the dropdown menu, select SolidWorks Inspection.

This will open the SolidWorks Inspection toolbar, which contains all the tools and features you need for inspection-related tasks.

Step 6: Using SolidWorks Inspection

Now that you have successfully enabled SolidWorks Inspection, you can start using it to streamline your inspection processes. Some of the key features include:

  • Ballooning: Automatically adding balloons to your drawings to identify inspection points.
  • Characteristics Manager: Managing and organizing inspection characteristics for easy tracking.
  • Exporting Reports: Generating professional inspection reports in various formats.


Enabling SolidWorks Inspection can greatly improve your efficiency when it comes to quality control and inspection tasks. By following the steps outlined in this tutorial, you can easily enable this powerful tool and take advantage of its many features. Now, go ahead and start using SolidWorks Inspection to streamline your inspection workflows!