How to add more Properties to the Standard SOLIDWORKS Custom Properties List

Article by James Swackhammer updated December 6, 2018


The standard SOLIDWORKS Custom Properties List that is included with SOLIDWORKS are decent and cover most needs, but what if you want more?

SOLIDWORKS Custom Properties

SOLIDWORKS Custom Properties

There is a solution that comes in two forms. The first is quite simple: in the “Property Name” field at the bottom of your already great list, click in the box and start typing what you want to add. That’s great and all, but it’s typing and multiple times at that.

Editing the default list of Custom Properties

We can edit that list by digging into the system’s files and adding properties to the text file. Finding that text file is half the battle. In a standard installation of SOLIDWORKS the typical location for the Custom Properties text file is:

C:\ProgramData\SOLIDWORKS\SOLIDWORKS 20XX\lang\english
SOLIDWORKS Custom Properties List text file

Properties text file

Sharing Custom Properties with other users

The SOLIDWORKS Custom Properties List text file can be shared with other users over a server. To share the file with others you have to replace the existing file with this one.

  1. In the “Options” menu > “System Options” > “File Location” > “Customer Property Files” and click “Delete” to discard the current file location.
  2. Click on “Add” to point to the new shared server location.

Thank you for following this how to guide for adding more properties to the standard properties list.

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James Swackhammer

James is a SOLIDWORKS Technical Support Application Expert based in the Javelin Oakville head office