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Using the SOLIDWORKS Design Library for Quick Access to Files

Article by Scott Durksen, CSWE created/updated August 10, 2012

The SOLIDWORKS Design Library in the SOLIDWORKS Task Pane provides quick access to some default features, hardware, annotations, etc. This is also where you have access to:

But you can add additional library folders for quick access to your parts and assemblies. This can be handy if you have a folder of standard parts or just to add the folder of your active project.  You can drag the components into your assemblies, or double-click to open the files.

SOLIDWORKS Design Library

SOLIDWORKS Design Library

Here is an example of adding the folder of your active project to save you from browsing through the directories to find it.

SOLIDWORKS Design Library Active Project

SOLIDWORKS Design Library Active Project

You can right-click in the preview window to change the view options.

View Options

View Options

 The file locations are stored in the System Options.  You can add and delete these references through this interface as well.  This will only remove the reference.  It will not delete the files or folder from your machine.

SOLIDWORKS File Locations

SOLIDWORKS File Locations

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Scott Durksen, CSWE

Scott is a SOLIDWORKS Elite Applications Engineer and is based in our Dartmouth, Nova Scotia office.

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