How to create a shortcut to your favorite SOLIDWORKS PDM Search

Article by Justin Williams updated May 16, 2016


Did you know that you can create a SOLIDWORKS PDM Search shortcut directly on your desktop?

Being the responsible PDM user that you are, it’s safe to assume that you’re checking in your documents at least once a day?  A search shortcut can be a speedy way to round up all the files you currently have checked out minutes before the end of your day and check them in.

You can create a shortcut to any search, but for this example I’m going to show you how to create a shortcut to one of my search favorites – checked out files.

Via Windows Explorer navigate to the SOLIDWORKS PDM installation folder. Default location – C:\Program Files\SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM

Search Shortcut

SOLIDWORKS PDM installation folder

Find the file Search.exe then right-click and select Copy


Copy Search.exe

Copy Search.exe

Navigate to where you’d like to create the shortcut for this example I’ll use my desktop then right-click and select Paste Shortcut

Search Shortcut

Paste Shortcut

Right-click on the new shortcut and select Properties

SOLIDWORKS PDM search shortcut

Properties of the shortcut

Add the following information to the Target field:

“C:\Program Files\SolidWorks Enterprise PDM\Search.exe” “/V:[Vault Name]” “/F:[Search Favorite Name]”

My Vault Name is JavVault, and my favorite search I’d like to point to is called Checked Out Files – Justin W.  My target section will look like this:

“C:\Program Files\SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM\Search.exe” “/V:JavVault” “/F:Checked Out Files – Justin.W

Search Shortcut

Shortcut Properties

Now every time I double click this shortcut I have a list of all the files I currently have checked out, which I can easily check-in before the end of my work day.

SOLIDWORKS PDM search shortcut results

SOLIDWORKS PDM Search shortcut results

Learn more about SOLIDWORKS PDM

Attend our SOLIDWORKS PDM Administration training course to learn more about creating custom search cards and administering SOLIDWORKS PDM.

Related Links

Want to do more with SOLIDWORKS PDM?

Our Certified SOLIDWORKS PDM Experts can help you to:

Justin Williams

Justin Williams is a Data Management Applications Expert based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.