How to display the SOLIDWORKS File Version in Windows Explorer

Article by Andrew Lidstone, CSWE updated July 18, 2019

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When a file is saved in SOLIDWORKS, the major version that it was last saved in is recorded as a custom property, as shown in the image below:

File version custom property

File version custom property

Display SOLIDWORKS File Version

This custom property can be displayed directly in the Windows Explorer detail view so that you can have it at a glance without having to select each file. Follow the two step process below:

Step 1:  In a Windows Explorer folder set to a Details view, right click on the column header bar and select “More

More properties

More properties

Step 2:  In the Choose Details dialog, select the box for “SW Last saved with” and click “Ok“.

SW Last saved with

SW Last saved with

The last major version that the file was saved with will now display directly in the detail view, as shown below:

File version displayed

File version displayed

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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.