Lock Column Width & Row Height formatting in SOLIDWORKS BOM Templates

Article by Chris Briand, CSWE updated November 25, 2016


BOM Tables in SOLIDWORKS can sometimes create as many issues as they often solve, as you take the time to manipulate the shape of your table against a given drawing template.  After all of the manipulation via dragging columns and rows to a perfect height, you discover you have to do it again, for the very next table.

SOLIDWORKS lock column width

SOLIDWORKS lock column width

The advanced formatting in tables can assist us to some degree, as the ability to Lock row heights and column widths was introduced in SOLIDWORKS 2010.

SOLIDWORKS 2017 will save oodles of time when inserting BOM tables as Lock Column Width & Row Height settings are now saved with the template!

This is only available when saving the template as a *.SLDBOMTBT file, as the other template options do not retain the same data when saved.

Save BOM Template

Save BOM Template

Getting started

Follow this simple procedure to get started with a BOM table template immediately:

  1. To save the table template file, select the Multi-Directional Arrow from the Upper-Left corner of the table, right-click, and select “Save As” from the shortcut menu.
  2. You will be prompted for the desired filename and save location.
  3. Upon insert into a new drawing, you can choose what template is used to control the appearance of the table.


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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.