SOLIDWORKS 2017 allows you to customize the order of your configurations

Article by Chris Briand, CSWE updated September 13, 2016


I am certain that everyone who uses SOLIDWORKS configurations wishes they had the ability to control exactly how the configurations are sorted in the configuration manager. Dassault Systemes SolidWorks Corporation has fulfilled our wish with new functionality in SOLIDWORKS 2017 giving us control over how the configurations are ordered/sorted.

Setting the SOLIDWORKS Configuration Order

Right-click on the component at the top of the configuration manager and note a new shortcut-menu item called “Tree Order“, from here you can set the order of the configurations to be:

  • Numeric
  • Literal
  • Manual (drag & drop)
  • History-Based
  • Or by the order they appear in the Design Table.
SOLIDWORKS Configuration Order

SOLIDWORKS Configuration Tree Order

The Manual order provides you the greatest flexibility to reorder your configurations as you see fit.

This is just one of the many new improvements that we will see with the release of SOLIDWORKS 2017. Check back for more SOLIDWORKS 2017 tech tips.

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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 and migrated along with his team members to the TriMech Solutions team in 2021.  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.