Below is a list of  SolidWorks tips new users may find useful.

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1. The Status Bar

Located along the lower edge, the status bar provides instant measurement info, status and feedback on various settings.

Solidworks status bar

2. Part Origin

Whenever possible, create a part centrally on the front, top and right planes. This will help with creating mates when using the part within assemblies. The simpliest method is to centralise the initial sketch, and extrude about a mid-plane or revolve.

Locate part centrally on front, top and right planes

3. Slots

Slots can be created swiftly using the offset function. Draw a single line in the orientation of the slot. Select the offset tool and use the settings shown below.

Generating slots using a single line