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1-8 Orientation

The rectangle in the previous sections was created in the Top view orientation. As you work on a sketch, the orientation may change. There are three ways you can use to return the sketch to its original orientation.

To Return to the Top View Orientation – View Selector

  1. 1.jpg Click the View Orientation tool at the top of the drawing screen.

The View Selector cube will appear. See Figure 1-22. If the cube does not appear, click the View Selector icon on the View Orientation tool panel.

  1. 2.jpg Click the top surface of the View Selector cube.

The sketch will return to the Top view orientation.

To Return to the Top View Orientation – Top View

See Figure 1-22.

  1. 1.jpg Click the View Orientation tool at the top of the drawing screen.

  2. 2.jpg Click the Top view tool.

To Return to the Top View Orientation – Orientation Triad

The Orientation Triad is located in the lower left corner of the drawing screen. See Figure 1-22.

SolidWorks defines the Top Plane as the XZ plane. The Y axis is 90° to the XZ plane, so a view taken along the Y axis will generate a top view of the plane.

  1. 1.jpg Move the cursor onto the Orientation Triad.

  2. 2.jpg Click the Y axis indicator arrow.

The triad will reorientate to the Top view orientation.

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