SOLIDWORKS PDM 2019 makes it easy to select a Drawing Sheet in the Preview Tab

Article by Andrew Lidstone, CSWE updated September 23, 2018


In SOLIDWORKS PDM 2019, a new SOLIDWORKS PDM Sheet Preview drop list has been added to the eDrawings User Interface.

When previewing SOLIDWORKS Drawing files, eDrawings .eDRW files as well as .DXF and .DWG files, the drop list will populate with a list of sheets in the file and allow the user to select which sheet they wish to see.

SOLIDWORKS PDM Sheet Preview Tab List of Drawing Sheets

List of Drawing Sheets

This new interface is in addition to the existing functionality in previous releases that allowed users to right click in the preview and select the sheet they wished to see.  That functionality still works in SOLIDWORKS PDM 2019 as well.

Right-click to view sheets

Right-click to view sheets

How to take advantage of the SOLIDWORKS PDM Sheet Preview

To take advantage of these improvements, you must ensure that you have upgraded your SOLIDWORKS PDM and SOLIDWORKS eDrawings installations to 2019.

Then, to see the new drop list in the user interface, go to Display > Options and enable the option “Show full UI in SOLIDWORKS Preview

Show full UI in SOLIDWORKS Preview

Show full UI in SOLIDWORKS Preview

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Andrew Lidstone, CSWE

Andrew Lidstone is a SOLIDWORKS Elite Application Engineer specializing in Data Management systems. He has been working in the SOLIDWORKS reseller channel since 2010 helping clients get the most from their CAD tools.