How to Rotate in SolidWorks on a Logitech Mouse

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How to Rotate in SolidWorks on a Logitech Mouse
Many mouse types include several additional buttons that can be assigned to various functions. (Wireless laser computer mouse. Black. image by Konovalov Pavel from Fotolia.com)

SolidWorks is a CAD program for Microsoft Windows that allows you to create 3D models of mechanical objects. It is a commonly used program in engineering, manufacturing and related fields, and is among the world's most popular CAD applications. For ease of use, SolidWorks allows you to rotate models using a mouse shortcut. If you use a Logitech mouse with SolidWorks, download Logitech's mouse driver software to customise the device's button assignments and gain access to the shortcut using any mouse button.

Skill level:
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Instructions

  1. 1

    Download the SetPoint software from Logitech's website. The site offers versions of the software for each of the Windows operating systems compatible with SolidWorks, as well as different versions for 32 bit and 64 bit operating systems. Run the downloaded EXE file to install the software.

  2. 2

    Open SetPoint's "Device Settings" option from the Start menu. The default installation path is "Programs/Logitech." Double-click on the connected Logitech mouse's icon.

  3. 3

    Click on "Buttons" in the left frame and select the button you wish to assign to the rotate function. If you wish to change the assignment for the mouse's "Left Click" button, first assign the left-click function to another button in order to continue operating the program.

  4. 4

    Click the drop-down menu and select "Middle Button" from the list. Click "Apply" to save the new button configuration. Depending on the mouse hardware and previous settings, the middle button function may already be assigned to the mouse-wheel button.

  5. 5

    Close SetPoint and open SolidWorks. Open a project in progress or create a new one. Press and hold the newly assigned mouse button and move the mouse to rotate the onscreen object.

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