SolidWorks EPDM – Ignore Permissions from Previous States

Article by Joe Medeiros, CSWE updated August 20, 2014


As a file passes through a workflow, permissions are inherited from previous states. This can result in users or groups, who would normally have certain permissions in particular state, not having those permissions for some files in that state.



For instance a user or group has the permission “Read File Contents” for a file in the “Released” state, but does not have that permission in the “Work in Progress state. This can result in the user or group not being able to view files, that passed through the “Work in Progress” State.

read only permissions

Read Only Permissions

In order to remedy this, the State option “Ignore permissions in previous states” can be selected to reset the permissions.

Ignore permissions

Ignore permissions

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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.