How Do I View a Drawing in SolidWorks?

Are you new to SolidWorks and wondering how to view a drawing? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! In this tutorial, we will walk you through the steps to view a drawing in SolidWorks.

Step 1: Open SolidWorks

To begin, open the SolidWorks application on your computer. You can find it in your program files or by searching for it in the start menu.

Step 2: Open the Drawing

Once SolidWorks is open, go to the File menu and click on Open. In the file explorer window, locate the drawing file you want to view and select it. Then click on Open.

Step 3: Choose a Viewing Option

After opening the drawing, you have several options for how you want to view it. Let’s explore some of these options:

Zooming In and Out

If you want to zoom in or out on specific parts of the drawing, use the zoom tools located at the top of the screen. You can use the Magnifying Glass tool to zoom in and out by clicking and dragging or by clicking once on a specific area.


If you need to move around within the drawing, use the Pan tool. Click and drag with this tool to pan across different areas of your drawing.

Fitting View to Window

To fit your entire drawing within the window, click on Fit View. This will adjust the zoom level so that everything fits perfectly into your screen.

Selecting Specific Views

If your drawing contains multiple views, you can select a specific view to focus on. Use the View Selector tool to choose from different views such as front, top, or isometric.

Step 4: Analyzing the Drawing

Now that you have your drawing open and adjusted to your liking, you can start analyzing it. Take a closer look at the dimensions, annotations, and other details within the drawing. Use the Measure tool to measure distances or angles if needed.

Step 5: Closing the Drawing

Once you have finished viewing and analyzing the drawing, it’s time to close it. Simply go to the File menu and click on Close. Alternatively, you can use the shortcut Ctrl + W.

Congratulations! You have successfully learned how to view a drawing in SolidWorks. Now you can confidently navigate through drawings and explore all the details they contain.

We hope this tutorial has been helpful to you. If you have any further questions or need more assistance with SolidWorks, feel free to explore our other tutorials or reach out to our support team.