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SOLIDWORKS Multi-sheet Drawing Custom Properties Source

Article by Scott Durksen, CSWE created/updated October 21, 2017

When a drawing annotation has a link to a Custom Property based on the ‘View specified in the sheet properties’, it references the Custom Property from a view on that sheet.

Link Custom Property to View specific in Sheet Properties

Link Custom Property to View specific in Sheet Properties

The Sheet Properties by default is set to use the properties from the model in the drawing view which was first added to the sheet (Default).  Though you can choose a specific view on that sheet.

SOLIDWORKS Multi-sheet Drawing Custom Properties Source

SOLIDWORKS Drawing Sheet Properties

In the event that you have a multi-sheet drawing with each sheet referencing different models, again the first view on each sheet is referenced as the source for the properties (by default).  In this example, Sheet1 has a view of the assembly “BEVEL ADJUSTER” and the text is linked to the Filename model in the default view on this sheet.

SOLIDWORKS Drawing 'Sheet1' Linked to Assembly Filename

SOLIDWORKS Drawing ‘Sheet1’ Linked to Assembly Filename

On Sheet2, we only have views of the part “bevel adj knob”.  Therefore the text pulls the Filename from the first drawing view, being of the “bevel adj knob”.

SOLIDWORKS Drawing Properties on Sheet2

SOLIDWORKS Drawing Properties on Sheet2

However if you are finding that the linked properties on additional sheets are still referencing the views from the first sheet, it may be due to an option you have enabled.  This option forces linked annotations on all sheets (set to ‘Drawing view specified in sheet properties’) to reference the property of a specific sheet in the Document Properities.  In some instances this could be useful where a drawing Titleblock should have the same information through each sheet, but some sheets may have views of different models.

SOLIDWORKS Multi-sheet Custom Properties Source

SOLIDWORKS Multi-sheet Custom Properties Source

However you still have the ability to override the setting on each individual sheet if need certain ones to reference the model in that particular sheet.  Uncheck ‘Same as sheet specified in Document Properties’ and then you can select a specific view on this sheet (or leave it as Default).

SOLIDWORKS Specific Sheet Override of Multi-sheet Option in Document Properties

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Scott Durksen, CSWE

Scott is a SOLIDWORKS Elite Applications Engineer and is based in our Dartmouth, Nova Scotia office.

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