Managing SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional Search Favorites

Article by Andrew Lidstone, CSWE updated May 26, 2017


In SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional, users can set up custom Search Favorites to dramatically speed up the process of finding relevant files.  This is great functionality that can be a huge time saver, however, sometimes things can get a little out of hand and Search Favorites can become too much of a good thing.

“They’re all my favorite”

Editing and Deleting SOLIDWORKS PDM Search Favorites

While creating Search Favorites is a pretty easy process, deleting, or editing the existing Search Favorites isn’t quite as clear.  In fact this cannot be done through the integrated Search within the vault view.  Search Favorites can only be managed through the standalone PDM Search Tool.

To launch the Search Tool, click the drop arrow beside the Search icon on the PDM toolbar in the vault view and select the “Search Tool …

Access the Search Tool

Access the Search Tool

In the standalone PDM Search Tool, it’s possible to right-click on each Search Favorite in the list and either edit Properties, or Delete the Search Favorite entirely.

Edit or Delete SOLIDWORKS PDM Search Favorites

Edit or Delete Search Favorite

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Andrew Lidstone, CSWE

Andrew Lidstone is a SOLIDWORKS Elite Application Engineer specializing in Data Management systems. He has been working in the SOLIDWORKS reseller channel since 2010 helping clients get the most from their CAD tools.