SOLIDWORKS 2020 Open & Save As Dialog Improvements for File Types

Article by Andrew Lidstone, CSWE updated January 14, 2020


A simple but very welcome improvement that has been made in SOLIDWORKS 2020 is the file type list in the Open and Save As dialog boxes.

In previous releases, if you needed to open a non-SOLIDWORKS file, when opening the file type drop list, you were presented with a very large list of options, too many to even fit in the window, as shown in the example below:

SOLIDWORKS 2019 Open dialog

Now in SOLIDWORKS 2020, that list has been consolidated and reorganized.  Files are grouped logically by software, and best of all, after the SOLIDWORKS file types, the other file types are listed alphabetically.

SOLIDWORKS 2020 Open dialog

SOLIDWORKS 2020 Open dialog

The same is true with the Save As dialog. This simple change makes very common actions faster and easier.

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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.