SOLIDWORKS eDrawings 2017 “Fix it and Forget it” option for read-only files

Article by Chris Briand, CSWE updated October 22, 2016


Along with SOLIDWORKS 2017, the eDrawings viewer also has some new functionality that has been added in this release. eDrawings has had a “read-only” checkbox contained within the Open dialog box for some time now as shown in the figure below:

eDrawings open as read-only option

eDrawings open as read-only option


The 2017 release of eDrawings has an additional option for “read-only” at the foot of the General tab in the Options dialog.

eDrawings 2017 read-only option

eDrawings 2017 Options

One purpose behind the eDrawings read-only option is to ensure that ALL files that are opened with eDrawings will be “read-only” by default.  This will force users to intentionally uncheck the read-only option to overwrite the file. This will assist downstream users of eDrawings so they do not accidentally save unwanted changes.

Learn more about the other new enhancements in eDrawings 2017 by watching the related launch video below:

SOLIDWORKS 2017 Resources

Access our resources page to get everything you need to learn what’s new in SOLIDWORKS 2017; including tech tips, demonstrations, and upcoming product webinars.


SOLIDWORKS 2017 Resources

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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.