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SOLIDWORKS Starting a Sketch by Selecting an Edge
This particular feature simply does multiple things with minimal input, a real time saver!
Simply select any edge and click "insert" > "sketch" or just "sketch" on the sketch tab of the command manager.A sketch plane is created automatically, normal to the edge you selected, with the origin coincident to the end of the line nearest to where the edge was selected.A new sketch has automatically been opened on the new sketch plane and your free to start.