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Introducing SolidWorks

FIGURE 1.2 Welcome to SolidWorks screen

FIGURE 1.3 New SolidWorks Document Quick Tip

As you begin working, Quick Tips displays a box, shown in Figure 1.4, at the lower-right corner of the Graphics Window that offers context-sensitive help messages. As you work with the software, these messages change to remain relevant to what you are doing.

You can turn Quick Tips on or off using the small square on the Status Bar in the lower-right cor- ner, as shown in Figure 1.5. You can turn the Status Bar itself on or off in the View menu; how- ever, the Status Bar serves many useful purposes, even for advanced users, so I recommend you leave it turned on. You can also turn off Quick Tips in the Help menu by selecting Quick Tips. The on/off setting is document-type sensitive, so if you turned Quick Tips off in part mode, you will need to do it again for assemblies and drawings, as well. Quick Tips are a great way to get going or to get a little refresher if it has been a while or several versions have gone by since you last saw the software, but you shouldn’t need them forever.

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