SolidWorks EPDM – Desktop Shortcut to Local Vault View

Article by Joe Medeiros, CSWE updated September 2, 2014


Below are two methods for creating a SolidWorks EPDM desktop shortcut to local vault view.

Method 1:

From the Navigation Pane in Windows Explorer, drag the vault icon onto the Windows Desktop.

Drag from Explorer


Please note, Method 1 will not work on Windows 10, please use Method 2. If you attempt to drag the vault icon onto the Windows Desktop, you will get the below message.

Method 2:

Right click on a blank area of the Windows Desktop and select New > Shortcut.

New shortcut

Browse to the vault, select the vault icon and click on Next. To complete the shortcut, enter the name for the shortcut and click on Finish.

Finish shortcut

Selecting the vault shortcut and pressing the keyboard Delete key, will delete the local vault view.  Right clicking on shortcut does not give the option to only delete the shortcut.

Deletes entire vault view

To delete the shortcut drag it into the Windows Recycle Bin.

move to recycle bin


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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.