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How to pan in SolidWorks?

Re-orientation of the model is necessary when using a 3D design program. This could be to view the other side, or to zoom into a component in an assembly. There are three options in SolidWorks: Modify, keyboard, and keyboard + mouse combinations. Additionally, an input device can be used to manipulate the orientation.

View – Modify

From “View” – “Modify” there are individual commands for manipulating the view, they are shown in the image below.

Zoom to fit – Fits the entire model view on screen, in its current orientation, and centers it.

Zoom to Area – Click the left mouse button to define a zoom area. SolidWorks will zoom into that location.

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Zoom in/out – Zoom in or out

Rotate – Rotation in 3D based on mouse left click and drag locations.

Pan – Moves the view left, right, up or down without rotation.

Roll – Rotation of the current view about the axis normal to the monitor.

Previous view – Use this command to return to a previous view.

Keyboard Only

Alt + Left or Right Arrows – This combination will initiate a roll.

Ctrl + Arrows – Pan left, right, up or down.

Shift + Arrows – Rotate view  of the part in 90° increments.

Mouse + Keyboard

Rotate scroll wheel – zoom in or out, the zoom is dependent on the cursor location.

Scroll Wheel – Rotate view 3D

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Alt + Scroll Wheel – Use this combination for roll.

Ctrl + Scroll Wheel – Pan view

Shift + Scroll Wheel – Zoom in/out. If the view is centered the position of the part remains the same.

3D Space mouse

A 3D space mouse takes some time to get used to. The knob is used to orient the view, below is a brief description of what each motion can do.

Linear movement – pan

Pressing down or  lifting up – zoom in or out

Yaw – Rotate model about axis normal to screen

Pitch – Rotate model monitor horizontal axis

Roll – Rotate model about monitor vertical axis

Inputs can occur simultaneously and allow for precise view orientation.

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The base model works perfectly fine, the only complaint is that the base is too light and is prone to moving slightly.