How to set the SOLIDWORKS PDM Details View as default in Windows Explorer

Article by Justin Williams created/updated November 4, 2017

During our Administering SOLIDWORKS PDM Training course, I always recommend setting the explorer view as Details as there’s a lot more information available for files with this view option.  Directly after I often get asked: “How do I set the SOLIDWORKS PDM Details View as the default in Windows Explorer?”.

SOLIDWORKS PDM Details View as Default in Windows Explorer

SOLIDWORKS PDM Details View

With SOLIDWORKS PDM being integrated within Windows Explorer, its a Windows Folder setting that we have to change

Set Details View as Default

For this example, I am using Windows 10

  • Navigate to the root level of your vault
Navigate to the root level of your vault

Navigate to the root level of your vault

  • Then select the Details View via the slider

    Then select the Details View via the slider

    Then select the Details View via the slider

  • To push this setting to all other folders within the vault;
    • Via Explorer Select; Tools > Folder Options
Via Explorer Select; Tools > Folder Options

Via Explorer Select; Tools > Folder Options

  • Select the view tab
    • Click > Apply To Folders
Click > Apply To Folders

Click > Apply To Folders

Now all your sub-folders within the vault will use the details view by default;

Now all your sub-folders within the vault will use the details view by default;

Now all your sub-folders within the vault will use the details view by default;

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Justin Williams

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

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