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How to set the default SOLIDWORKS PDM search path to be the root folder

Article by Justin Williams created/updated November 3, 2017

When opening the Complete Search Card from within a vault, the SOLIDWORKS PDM default search path will be the folder in which the search was opened, therefore only searching from that folder down.  As a user, I found that 99.9% of the time, I actually wanted to search the entire vault, regardless of where I opened the search card.  In this article, we’re going to look at how to set the default SOLIDWORKS PDM search path to be the root folder.SOLIDWORKS PDM - Setting the default search path to the root folder

Note; To edit a data card requires the permission Can update the design of cards

Setting the default search path

  • Open the complete search card
    • Administration Tool > Cards > Search Cards > Complete Search
      • Then Select ‘Default Values’
Open the complete search card

Open the complete search card

  • Set the variable as Search Folder Path and the value as \
Set the variable as Search Folder Path and the value as \

Set the variable as Search Folder Path and the value as \

  • Hit OK, then save and close the card editor
Save the Search Path

Save the Search Path

Now all SOLIDWORKS PDM searches, using the Complete Search Card will set the Search Folder Path as the root of the vault.

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Justin Williams

Justin Williams is a Data Management Applications Expert based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

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