CAD Administrators Rejoice! With SOLIDWORKS 2017 you now have ultimate power in your SOLIDWORKS Universe!

Article by Chris Briand, CSWE updated September 23, 2016


The new SOLIDWORKS Setting Administration tool will give SOLIDWORKS 2017 CAD Administrators the ability to prevent users from changing their system options.

FAIR WARNING: this is going to be the most inflammatory article that I will write this year…


  • Chase your CAD Administrator around the building
  • Throw things at your CAD Administrator
  • Threaten or maim your CAD Administrator
  • Buy your CAD Administrator a Tim’s or a Starbucks!
  • Ensure your CAD Administrator gets a Holiday Card!
  • Have a proper discussion with your CAD Administrator, regarding how to implement the new options to everyone’s benefit.
Password Protecting the changes to User Options

Password Protecting the changes to User Options

The SOLIDWORKS Setting Administration FINE PRINT:

Before your CAD administrator starts rubbing their hands together and laughing maniacally, let’s go through some of the finer points…

  1. The “Locking” of user options can only be employed via an administrative image that has been modified by the Launch Settings Administrator.
  2. To use the Launch Settings Administrator one has to use the Admin Options Editor and access the administrative image from a system that has a standalone seat of SOLIDWORKS 2017 already installed.
  3. You will need to store the locked options within  a *.sldsettings file to push out along with the Administrative Image.
Launch the Settings Administrator

Launching the Settings Administrator

This is where I will once again mention the importance of a frank discussion with your users about what settings would be most beneficial to have “Locked”. (Users reading this article… Insert Starbucks here…)

In the realm of best practices to apply here, would likely be file paths to custom SOLIDWORKS files that may be stored on your network – Items such as a Network Toolbox location or the location of your company’s standard templates.

Read my “How To Guide” on applying this new “Locking” ability to your SOLIDWORKS options!

SOLIDWORKS Setting Administration

SOLIDWORKS Setting Administration

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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.