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Link the SOLIDWORKS Save As dialog description field to a Custom Property

Article by Chris Briand, CSWE created/updated March 8, 2016

Here at Javelin we are witness to a wide variety of ways that customers manage their custom property data. Often, we also get to see  which of those values become the most important details to a project.

Some versatility that SOLIDWORKS offers us in regard to custom property metadata isn’t so obvious. Take the “Description” field within the “Save As” dialog for example.

SOLIDWORKS Save As dialog description field

SOLIDWORKS Save As dialog description field

You can link a Custom Property to the Save As dialog description field so that SOLIDWORKS will push this value into any of the custom properties available.

This can be accomplished by entering the settings dialog, under System Options > General > “Custom property used as component description“.

Custom Property used as component description Setting

Custom Property used as component description setting

Once adjusted the value typed within the “Save “as” dialog will then be pushed to the chosen custom property in any new files.

Custom Property connected to the description field

Custom Property connected to the description field

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Chris Briand, CSWE

Chris has been educating and supporting Engineers, Designers and IT Personnel within the 3D CAD industry since 2002, and was adopted into the fantastic team of applications experts here at Javelin Technologies in early 2006.  Chris enjoys the continuous learning driven by the ingenuity and challenges Designers bring forward. Innovation using 3D Printing, 3D CAD and other technologies, combined with a diverse background as a technologist, allows Chris to find solutions that accelerate Designers, and take Design Teams to new heights. Chris is currently being held at an undisclosed location, near Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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