How to update SOLIDWORKS Annotations linked to the wrong Model [VIDEO]

Article by Sanja Srzic updated August 5, 2015

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In a SOLIDWORKS drawing that references multiple models, annotations sometimes get linked to the wrong part or assembly.  In the example shown below, the title block is linked to the top-level assembly that is displayed in the upper left corner as a reference, and not the shaft assembly that is shown in the foreground with a BOM and balloons.

Annotations linked to a wrong model

Annotations linked to a wrong model

This mix-up can be easily corrected.  When annotations are linked to custom properties we can select the ‘model in view specified in sheet properties.’ option as shown below:

Model in view specified in sheet properties

Model in view specified in sheet properties

In a drawing that references a single part or assembly, this works without any issues.

For Drawings that reference more than one Model

For a drawing that reference more than one model, annotations get linked to the incorrect model when the wrong view is specified in sheet properties.  Sheet settings are accessed by right-clicking on a blank space in the drawing and selecting ‘Properties.’  The drop down menu lists all views in the drawing.

Use custom properties value from the model shown in

Use custom properties value from the model shown in

Selecting the drawing view of the correct model updates the annotation links.  In the example shown, the title block no longer refers to the top-level assembly, but the shaft subassembly.

Annotations linked to the correct model

Annotations linked to the correct model

Video Demonstration

Watch the video demonstration to learn how to update drawing views:

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Sanja Srzic

Sanja is the SOLIDWORKS Technical Support Team Leader for Western Canada, and is based in the Javelin Winnipeg Office