EPDM – Preview Options in Local Vault View

Article by Joe Medeiros, CSWE, last updated on May 29, 2016

The Preview tab, in the Local Vault View, can be optimized for performance,while still allowing for eDrawing functionality. The preview can be set-up to initially display a low overhead bitmap, which can switched to the eDrawings viewer by left clicking the bitmap.

This behavior can be set from the Display pull-dow,n in the Local Vault View by selecting, ‘Show bitmap for SolidWorks files”.

Display options


With this option the Preview will show a bitmap image of a selected SolidWorks file. This type of preview requires little resources and loads quickly.



When you left-click on the image, this will launch eDrawings and use eDrawings to preview the file. This method is slower, but it does give you access to eDrawings tools such Rotate, Zoom and Pan.



The  Display Option ‘Show full UI in SolidWorks preview’ will give you access to the eDrawings toolbar.

full UI



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Joe Medeiros, CSWE

Joe Medeiros is a SOLIDWORKS and PDM Certified Expert. He has been helping SOLIDWORKS users with training, mentoring and implementations since 1998. He combines industry experience with a thorough understanding of SOLIDWORKS products to assist customers in being successful. He shares his experience and expertise through blogs; one of which has been incorporated into the SOLIDWORKS Essentials training manual.

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