How to create a SOLIDWORKS PDM folder shortcut in Windows 10

Article by Justin Williams, last updated on June 25, 2018

A desktop folder shortcut is a useful tool to quickly navigate to a folder you’re frequenting in SOLIDWORKS PDM.

How to create a folder shortcut to a vault folder in Windows 10

  • Navigate into the folder you’d like to create a shortcut to
    • Select the entire folder path then; right-click > Copy
Select the entire folder path then; right-click > Copy

Select the entire folder path then; right-click > Copy

  • Go back to your desktop (or wherever on your local machine you’d like to create the shortcut)
    • Right-click >  New > Shortcut

      Desktop > Right-click >  New > Shortcut

      Desktop > Right-click >  New > Shortcut

  • Right-Click > Paste the copied SOLIDWORKS PDM folder shortcut into the location dialog
SOLIDWORKS PDM folder shortcut

Right-Click > Paste the copied path into the location dialog

  • Click Next > Name the SOLIDWORKS PDM folder shortcut > Finish
    • Then the shortcut is created

Shortcut is created

Quick Access Panel

In Windows 10 we also have the option to add folders to the Quick access panel;

  • Navigate to the folder you’d like to create a link to
    • Right-click > Pin to Quick access

      Right-click folder > Pin to Quick access

      Right-click folder > Pin to Quick access

  • Then whenever we’re in Windows Explorer, we’ll have quick access to frequently used vault folders
Available via Quick Access

Available via Quick Access

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Justin Williams

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

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