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