SOLIDWORKS 2017 is now more efficient at handling Externally Referenced files

Article by Chris Briand, CSWE created/updated October 25, 2016

If your typical workflow involves opening SOLIDWORKS files with any number of external references, you may have fallen victim to a common affliction — that all of the referenced files have opened in the background too!

More than one instance of this happening with a large assembly will have you hunting for a solution to save the time it takes to close all of the SOLIDWORKS referenced document windows.

SOLIDWORKS referenced documents can be handled more efficiently in the 2017 release with a new system option to load the documents into memory only, located in Tools > Options > System Options > External References > Load Referenced Documents.

SOLIDWORKS External References

SOLIDWORKS External References

If your Load referenced documents option is to “All” or “Changed Only” then the referenced documents will be opened in the background. But with the new checkbox, “Load documents in memory only” enabled the references will be loaded into memory instead and updated without the need for SOLIDWORKS to open the documents!

SOLIDWORKS referenced documents load in memory only option

Load documents in memory only option

Give it a try! It’s always entertaining to see how much impact one small checkbox can have on our design routine.

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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.