When completing a search in SOLIDWORKS PDM using the name field; when two or more words separated by a space the search will use an OR operation. Or, if you’re searching one word, what happens is a LIKE operation. In large vaults, these searches will return a lot of mostly unwanted results. In this article, we’ll look at how to perform a SOLIDWORKS PDM exact search.
- In this example; I’m searching for the part named Example 1 A
The search that’s actually happening is: ExampleOR1ORA.
It’s returning anything matching Example, 1 or A which in large vaults will return a lot of results.
- If I’m searching ABC
The search that’s actually happening is; LIKE ‘%ABC%.
It’s returning anything matching ABC which again in large vaults will return a lot of results.
How to Perform an Exact Search
To search for an exact filename use double quotes.
- Searching “Example 1 A” will only return that filename;
- Or Searching “ABC.” will only return that filename;
Don’t forget, you can also use wildcards to further enhance your searching techniques.
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