SOLIDWORKS PDM Grey Folders and Files in the Local Vault View

Article by Joe Medeiros, CSWE updated August 20, 2013


On occasion I get asked “why are there SOLIDWORKS PDM Grey Folders or files in the Local Vault View?”

A grey folder or file is located in the cache of the Local Vault View, but is not present in the Archive vault. Here are reasons why grey folders or files would be present in your local vault view:

  • The folder or file has been deleted, or renamed on a different client
  • The logged in user lacks the permissions to see the folder or file, but a user with sufficient permissions has previously cached the folder or file locally.
  • The file was added to the Local Vault view, while in offline mode.
  • An error occurred while the file was being added to the vault.
  • The user setting  Show only local files is checked.
Show only local files

Show only local files

SOLIDWORKS and PDM subscription customers can learn more about addressing these issues by visiting searching the DS Support Knowledge base.

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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.