TechDraw ToggleFrame

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TechDraw ToggleFrame

Menu location
TechDraw → TechDraw Views → Turn View Frames On/Off
Default shortcut
Introduced in version
See also
TechDraw View, TechDraw Projection Group


The TechDraw ToggleFrame tool turns the display of View frames, labels and vertices on or off.

View of the solid projection with frames turned on and turned off


  1. If there are multiple drawing pages in the document: optionally activate the desired page by selecting it in the Tree view.
  2. There are several ways to invoke the tool:
    • Press the Turn View Frames On/Off button.
    • Select the TechDraw → TechDraw Views → Turn View Frames On/Off option from the menu.
    • If a page is displayed in the Main view area: right-click the page's window and select the Toggle Frames option from the context menu.
  3. If there are multiple drawing pages in the document and you have not yet activated a page, the Page Chooser dialog box opens: introduced in version 0.20
    1. Select the desired page.
    2. Press the OK button.
  4. Currently visible View frames will disappear. Currently invisible View frames will appear.
  5. It is possible for different Views to be in different states of frame display. If this happens, invoke this tool once or twice to resynchronize the Views.


The dotted view frame and the vertex dots are just for reference, they aren't actually part of the drawing, so you won't see them once you export the page as PDF or SVG.

The suggested workflow is to use Turn View Frames On/Off to deactivate the frame surrounding the view, and also the additional dots. With the dots, use the measurement tools to select the correct edges to measure, then toggle the frame (and dots) off to see the final result. Not satisfied? Toggle the frame (and dots) on again, select other vertices and create new measurements, then toggle the frame off again.

You can adjust the size of the vertex dots in the TechDraw Preferences/Scale tab. Please do not set their size to zero, just small or big enough so it's comfortable for you to pick them up.


See also: Autogenerated API documentation and FreeCAD Scripting Basics.

The Toggle tool currently doesn't have a programming interface.