How Do I View a SolidWorks File?

Do you have a SolidWorks file but don’t know how to view it? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! In this tutorial, we’ll guide you through the steps of viewing a SolidWorks file.

What is SolidWorks?

SolidWorks is a popular computer-aided design (CAD) software used by engineers and designers to create 3D models. It is widely used in industries such as manufacturing, architecture, and product design.

Step 1: Open SolidWorks

If you haven’t already installed SolidWorks on your computer, make sure to download and install it from the official website. Once installed, open the SolidWorks application.

Step 2: Navigate to File Open

In the SolidWorks application, locate the “File” menu at the top-left corner of the screen. Click on it to reveal a dropdown menu. From the dropdown menu, select “Open” or use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+O.

Step 3: Locate Your File

A file explorer window will appear after clicking “Open”. Use this window to navigate to the location where your SolidWorks file is stored. Once you’ve found your file, click on it to select it.

Step 4: View Your File

After selecting your file, click on the “Open” button in the file explorer window. SolidWorks will now load your file and display it in its workspace.


  • If your SolidWorks file has multiple components or parts: You may see an assembly or part tree on the left side of the screen. This tree allows you to navigate through different components of your model.
  • If your SolidWorks file is a single part or assembly: You will directly see the 3D model in the workspace.

Exploring Your Model

Now that you have successfully opened your SolidWorks file, let’s take a quick look at some useful features to explore your model:

Zooming and Rotating

To get a closer look at your model, use the mouse scroll wheel or the zoom controls in the toolbar. You can also rotate your model by holding down the right mouse button and dragging it in the workspace.

Inspecting Dimensions and Annotations

SolidWorks allows you to add dimensions, annotations, and other useful information to your models. To view these details, look for them in the graphics area of the workspace. They are usually displayed near or on top of relevant features of your model.

Section Views

If you need to examine specific sections of your model, you can create section views. Section views allow you to cut away parts of the model to reveal hidden details. To create a section view, go to the “View” menu and select “Section” or use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Shift+R.


You have learned how to view a SolidWorks file using SolidWorks software. Now you can explore your models, examine dimensions and annotations, and even create section views for detailed analysis. Dive into the world of SolidWorks and unleash your creativity!

Remember to save any changes made to your file by going to “File” > “Save” or using the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+S.