How to create a SOLIDWORKS Property Tab Builder Template for Assemblies & Drawings

Article by Saeed Mojarad (CSWE) updated January 30, 2017


If you have specific custom properties that should be added to all of your parts, assemblies or drawings, you might realize that this process can be very time consuming if you want to add them each time using the File > Property method. Fortunately, you can use the Property Tab Builder to speed up the process. All you need to do is to set up a template and whenever you want to apply your properties to a new file, you can simply use your Property Tab Builder Template.

You can create multiple Property Tab Builder Templates for each document type. The file extension indicates the template type:

.prtprp for parts
.asmprp for assemblies
.drwprp for drawings
.wldprp for weldments

An issue I encountered a few days ago was when you save your template in Property Tab Builder the only file extension available is “prtprp”?!

Does this means we can only make a Property Tab Builder template for parts and not assemblies or drawings? No, here is a solution to make a template for the other document types:

Property Tab Builder Template

SOLIDWORKS Properties Template

What you need to do is save your template as the default prtprp and then manually change the template extension to another file type. So you can save the template as an assembly, drawing or your weldment file type using the appropriate file extension e.g. .asmprp for assemblies.

Rename template extension

Rename template extension

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Saeed Mojarad (CSWE)

Saeed Mojarad is an application engineer at Javelin Technologies. He received his B.S from Mazandaran University, Iran; and his M.S. from École de technologie supérieure (ETS), Canada. He has several years of experience using SOLIDWORKS in different industries such as manufacturing and aerospace. Currently located in Calgary, he is helping SOLIDWORKS users all across Canada as a technical support and SOLIDWORKS instructor.