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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Changing Default Edge Display Settings in Autodesk Inventor

“When one jumps over the edge, one is bound to land somewhere.”
D.H. Lawrence

Edge display in an Autodesk Inventor model is a setting I find helpful to change at times.  Most of the time, I prefer to work with the Edge Display turned off, but there are times that I find it helpful to turn  it on in order to make the edges of components a little more visible.

The image below shows the first setting, with Edge Display turned off.  This is my usual personal preference. 

Edge Display off

Next , the edge display is turned on, which I like to use in certain cases.

Edge Display on

But not everyone likes my preferences, that's whey they're my "personal preferences".   So how can the settings be changed to change which setting Inventor initially uses?

If the default settings in Edge Display are located in Tools>Application Options, on the Display Tab

Finding the settings
The first thing to notice is that there is a radio button for "Use Application Options" or "Use Document Settings".  These buttons decide whether the setting will be applied via Application Options, which will set the edge display to affect all models that are opened (Use Application Options), or if the setting is set from with in the document itself (Use Document Settings).

Personally, I prefer Use Application Options, but that's just my choice.   Clicking settings will open up the Display Appearance Dialog box. 

Opening the Display Appearance Dialog box
Now, it's just a matter of choosing which setting you prefer.  In the example below, I've selected "Shaded with Edges".

Changing the style.
 It's important to note that the setting won't affect the files that are currently open.   Don't panic!  The next time the files are opened, the settings will take effect.

That's it! All set!
Happy Inventing!


  1. Anonymous3:39 AM

    Great advice and tips here for anyone using Inventor! I work for a new social blogging site called, I don't suppose you would consider sharing your posts over there with us? It wouldn't affect anything here, and I know our community would benefit from reading your work here. Let me know what you think!

    All the best,


    1. Thanks Teo. I'll look at the site and see what it's about. :-)

  2. Anonymous9:08 AM

    Hej urzywam takich ustawien w wersji 2011

    1. I'm afraid I don't have 2011 to tell you exactly where these settings are. They should be in a similar place.

      The help system has a reference here that might help:

    2. Domynyk10:21 AM

      Ja używam takich ustawień w wersji Inventor 2011 bardzo mi pomaga takie ustawienie.
      Jestem z Polski, oglądam Twoje prezentacje są bardzo ciekawe i przejrzyste dużo się można z nich nauczyć.

      I use the settings for the 2011 version of Inventor helps me such a setting.
      I am of Polish, watch your presentations are very interesting and clear a lot can be learned from it.
      Dominik Z.

  3. Anonymous3:48 PM

    I do not knopw wgether it's just me or if perhaps everybody else encountering problems
    with your site. It appears as though some of the written text in your posts are running off the screen.
    Can somebody else please provide feedback and let me know if this is happening
    to them too? This could be a issue with my browser because I've had this
    happen previously. Cheers

    nino tinari

    1. No problems for me. Try to use different program to open this site.

  4. Thank you so much, Jonathan. That is what I was looking for. It works. Almost half a year I always put manually 'visible edges', and I saw that my colleage has it automatically when he opened the part. Unfortunately he forgot how to change it, but You help me =)
    Have a good day.