How to manually install the SOLIDWORKS PDM Microsoft Office Add-in

Article by Nadeem Akhtar updated July 24, 2020


SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional includes a Microsoft Office Add-in for Office products such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint that allows you to perform PDM vault commands on open documents.

Microsoft Office Add-in

SOLIDWORKS PDM Menu in Microsoft Word

You can select the Microsoft Office add-in (Microsoft Office Integration) option when installing the SW PDM client if Office applications are detected on the system.

Microsoft Office Add-in Integration

Microsoft Office Add-in Integration

Manual installation of Microsoft Office Integration

If the SOLIDWORKS PDM installation wizard was not able detect the Office applications, you can manually install the add-in by following the instructions provided below:

Step 1: Verify your MS Office version is 32-bit or 64-bit. The best method is to open the Office application and go to File, Help, and view the About information. It should state if the application is 32-bit or 64-bit as shown in the figure below:

Office Version Information

Office Version Information

Step 2: Browse to the SOLIDWORKS Downloads folder and look for the folder “SWPDMClient” folder

SOLIDWORKS download folder

SOLIDWORKS download folder

Step 3: Locate the Office add-in .CAB files and open for 32-bit Office or for 64-bit Office products.

Step 4: Extract epdmlib.dll and office.dll into the SOLIDWORKS PDM Installation directories

  • For 32-bit Office applications, folder location C:\Program Files (x86)\SolidWorks PDM
  • For 64-bit Office applications, folder location C:\Program Files\SOLIDWORKS PDM
    • For 64-bit Office files, rename the files to epdmlib.dll and office.dll.

Step 5: Start a command prompt and Run as Administrator

Run as administrator

Run as administrator

Step 6: Change the location to the installation folder where the two files were copied and type the following commands (followed by Enter keystroke):

  • regsvr32 epdmlib.dll
  • regsvr32 office.dll
Command prompt entries

Command prompt entries

PDM Add-in enabled in office application

PDM Add-in enabled in office application

Step 7: Start the Office application and the SOLIDWORKS PDM add-in tab should now show up.

NOTE: If the SOLIDWORKS PDM tab still does not load, try restarting the system.

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Nadeem Akhtar

Nadeem Akhtar is a PDM Applications Analyst based in the Javelin Oakville Head Office.