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Showing the Descriptions of SOLIDWORKS files in Windows Explorer [VIDEO]

If you are using SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM, one very nice feature is that the vault view can be customized to display any of your SolidWorks custom properties in the detail view as you browse your files.  However if you are just storing your files in Windows Explorer, it doesn’t have quite the same flexibility.  One thing…

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Windows Aero Themes and SolidWorks Performance

Starting with the release of Windows Vista and continuing with Windows 7, Microsoft has included Aero themes with the several editions of the operating system, from Home Premium up to Ultimate.  The Aero themes are intended to provide a more aesthetically pleasing interface (apparently Aero stands for Authentic, Energetic, Reflective and Open … I thought…

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Resolving the “File is open in another program” Windows Issue

Why can’t I delete or move a file or folder? What program is stopping me from deleting or moving a file or folder? Solve the issue with the Microsoft Process Explorer To help you resolve the ‘File is open in another program’ you can use The Process Explorer from Microsoft, amongst other things, will list the…

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Windows Start Short Cut key

One of my favorite features in Windows 7 is the ability to find files, launch programs and access Windows tools from the Windows Start Menu. By pressing ctrl-esc on my keyboard I can quickly access “Search programs & files” without always having to click on the Windows Start Button. Related Posts Where did the Add Relation…

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Improving Large Assembly Design Step-by-Step Guide – “Best” SolidWorks reference book I’ve read to date!

I finished reading over the Labour Day weekend the latest edition to the Step-by-Step Guide series that SolidWorks has been publishing over the last couple of years. Their newest book is titled “Improving Large Assembly Design using SolidWorks” and was released just a couple of weeks ago. When I received the notice from my good…

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Restoring SOLIDWORKS File Associations in Windows

When you double-click SOLIDWORKS files within Windows Explorer do they open up in a new, separate instance of SOLIDWORKS? If they do, then this is one of the symptoms that something is wrong with the SOLIDWORKS file associations in your Windows OS. You can probably fix this by performing a repair of the SOLIDWORKS installation. However, if this process does not…

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Is your Anti-Virus application affecting your ability to make changes to your SolidWorks installation?

This post is regarding one of those topics that I repeat daily when speaking with our customers -> temporarily disabling any Anti-Virus & Anti-Spyware applications that may be protecting your system. Before any corporate IT personnel read this and start feeling faint, allow me to clarify………We are speaking of temporarily shutting down the Anti-Virus applications …

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SolidWorks and Windows 7 x64

You may have noticed that Windows 7 x64 is now the recommended operating system for SolidWorks 2010 and 2011 (http://www.solidworks.com/sw/support/SystemRequirements.html).  In a recent poll, Windows 7 x64 was reported as the most common operating system that SolidWorks users have chosen to install on. What makes Windows 7 x64 and SolidWorks such a good combination? Related…

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