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SolidWorks comes with a Symbol Library. You can choose several symbols from all of the symbols offered by the SolidWorks application by using the Symbol Library. Additionally, you may choose other symbols to enter in SolidWorks by using the Windows Character Map. They all come in useful at some point when you are designing on SolidWorks. In this post, you will be guided on how to insert symbols in SolidWorks notes.

Adding Symbols from the Symbol Library


The SolidWorks program has a Symbol Library that users can access. To add symbols to dimension texts, weld symbols, geometric tolerances, datum features, and annotation comments, use the Symbol Library.

This short guide will show you how to create dimension messages and symbols in Solidworks.

Start by clicking on a dimension to enable the Dimension Property Manager before adding the dimension texts in Solidworks. Dimension Text is a part that may be found in the Dimension Property Manager window. Simply enter the required text in this form, and it will appear on the selected dimension.

Here are some of the symbols that are commonly used in Solidworks, so let’s start there.

When adding these symbols in a Dimension, we can see the syntax typed out in the Dimension Text Box.

Therefore, we need to know how to edit them. By clicking the Add Symbol button when updating a Note, Dimension, or Table and then choosing More Symbol, we may search the full symbol library to discover that information. All of the default symbols are available to users and are arranged into Categories.

Adding Symbols to Dimension Text

In learning how to insert symbols in SolidWorks notes, the basic knowledge of adding symbols to texts is crucial. To add symbols to dimension text using the Symbol Library:

1. To access the Dimension PropertyManager, click inside a drawing dimension.

2. Click More in the Dimension Text area at the bottom of the Value pane. A dialog window for the Symbols Library appears. The categories that contain the symbols displayed on the right are listed in the top part of the Categories list on the left.

3. To pin the dialog box open, click the pin icon at the top of the window. You cannot pin the Symbol Library dialog box when you launch it with an annotation note preview active.

4. To add additional symbols to the Symbols display, click another category in the list. Tooltips provide the symbols’ names and tags.

5. Click a symbol to add to the drawing dimension. It appears in the Symbols to insert field. You can also add a symbol directly to the drawing dimension by double-clicking it in the Symbols display.

6. Choose one of these: Click Apply to add the symbol to the dimension right away. The dialog box is still there for you to choose more symbols. Only when the Symbols Library dialog box is pinned is Apply accessibly. To add more symbols to the area labeled “Symbols to insert,” simply click them.

7. Click Character Map to add symbols from the Microsoft Character Map. To add a symbol to the Characters to copy area, select the symbol in the Character Map, then click Select. Click Copy once you insert the characters that you desire. Shut the Character Map down. Put the characters in the section labeled “Symbols to insert.”

8. Click the OK button.

After successfully adding dimension texts and symbols, you can save and continue your design or drawing. In case there are specific symbols you seem not to get, an alternative method to get it done is to create new symbols and add them to the library for use in the design.

Adding Symbols to Note Text

As for the different annotation notes, you can also add the desired symbols to them by following a similar process to that in the guide above. Before that, follow the instructions in the necessary steps below.

1. Select or Insert a note.

2. Double-click the Note and position the cursor where you want the symbol to go in the text.

3. Expand Add Symbol under Text Format in the Note PropertyManager and choose More Symbols.

4. Use the directions for dimension text symbol addition.

Adding Symbols to Geometric Tolerance Symbols

As for the Geometric Tolerance Symbols, adding symbols is simplified by following these quick set of steps. It also uses a similar set of instructions as in the guide to add symbols to dimension texts.

1. Insert or choose a symbol for geometric tolerance.

2. Put the pointer in the text where the symbol will be added in the Geometric Tolerance PropertyManager’s Text section.

3. To access the Symbol Library dialog box, click More.

4. Use the directions for dimension text symbol addition.

Using the Note PropertyManager

Use the Note PropertyManager to insert a note or to edit an existing note, balloon note, or revision symbol.

1. To open the Note PropertyManager, you can access using one of the following techniques

2. Click Note (Annotation toolbar), or you can click on Insert, then click Annotations, then you can select Note.

3. You can choose one or more notes as required for the task you intend to complete.

4. You can also open the Note PropertyManager by right-clicking one or more notes ( you can hold down Ctrl to select a group of notes in case of multiple notes).

Deleting Symbols that Appear in Text

At times you might have to work using some design templates, which sometimes can contain symbols that you might not be so interested in. In order to get rid of symbols that may appear in texts which you do not want or need, follow the set of easy steps below for different cases based on where you have the symbols:

1. Remove symbols from the Dimension PropertyManager for dimensions.

2. To remove a symbol from a note, double-click the Note in the on-screen editor.

3. Remove the symbols for geometric tolerance from the Geometric Tolerance PropertyManager.


There you have it. You can go through the different specific sections of the article to know about different things you can do with the symbols and the symbol library, and most specifically, how to insert symbols in SolidWorks notes.