SOLIDWORKS Tips: How to Change Your SOLIDWORKS Background Colour

Monday June 5, 2023 at 8:00am

Whether you need to quickly grab some screenshots and make the background transparent, or just want to change the colour of your SOLIDWORKS viewport, it’s really easy to change the background colour in SOLIDWORKS.


SOLIDWORKS has a subtle gradient filling the background of parts and assemblies by default.

It looks a little something like this.

By heading to the System Options cog > Colors, you can modify the colour of your SOLIDWORKS background.

Locate Viewport Background within the list of Color Scheme Settings and click the Edit button.

Choose whichever colour you prefer, we’ll choose a vibrant shade of white here as it’s the easiest colour to use to introduce transparency later if we need to.

Once you’ve selected your desired colour, click OK and then select Plain (Viewport Background color above) from the list of settings for the background appearance.

Hit OK again, and your background colour will update to reflect your choice.

Take the Next Steps...

Now that you’ve modified your settings, it’s a great idea to save them or make a copy of them to use on another computer.

Watch this short tutorial to learn how to copy your settings and find out why we recommend making a backup.

If you want to enhance your SOLIDWORKS skills, then sign up to our CPD-accredited training courses.

Whether you’re a beginner or are intimately familiar with CAD, our friendly and expert trainers are ready to help you get the most out of SOLIDWORKS, either online or in a classroom local to you.

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