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

Article by Nadeem Akhtar created/updated July 24, 2020

SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional includes a Microsoft Office Add-in for Excel, Word and PowerPoint that allows you to perform vault operations on documents opened in the Office application.

Microsoft Office Add-in

Microsoft Office Add-in

Normally you would select the Microsoft Office add-in (Microsoft Office Integration) option during the client installation if Office is detected on the system.

Microsoft Office Add-in Integration

Microsoft Office Integration

If for some reason you were not able to select the option via the install wizard, you can manually install the Microsoft Office add-in as follows:

  1. First verify if your 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.

    About Word

  2. An alternate method is to start the Office application and view the process details for the application. If it
    shows 32 next to the process name, the application is 32-bit. Otherwise it is 64-bit.

    • 64-bit Word Process

      64-bit Word Process

    • 32-bit Word Process

      32-bit Word Process

  3. Browse to ..\SWPDMClient\ folder on the install media and locate the Office add-in .CAB files.

    Office add-in .CAB files

    • Open Office.cab for 32-bit Office. Extract epdmlib.dll and office.dll into the SOLIDWORKS
      PDM 32-bit program folder location (c:\Program Files (x86)\SolidWorks PDM).

      c:\Program Files (x86)\SolidWorks PDM

      c:\Program Files (x86)\SolidWorks PDM

    • Open Office64.cab for 64-bit Office. Extract epdmlib.dll1 and office.dll1 into the Enterprise
      PDM install folder (c:\Program Files\SolidWorks Enterprise PDM)

      c:\Program Files\SolidWorks Enterprise PDM

      c:\Program Files\SolidWorks Enterprise PDM

    • Rename the files to epdmlib.dll and office.dll.
  4. Start a command prompt using the Run as Administrator option.

    Command Prompt

    Command Prompt

  5. Step into the install folder where the two files were extracted and type the following commands (followed by Enter keystroke):
    • regsvr32 epdmlib.dll
    • regsvr32 office.dll

      Administrator Command Prompt

      Administrator Command Prompt

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

    SOLIDWORKS PDM

    SOLIDWORKS PDM

  7. If it does not show, go to File, Options, Add-Ins, Manage COM Add-ins and press Go…

    Enable SOLIDWORKS PDM Add-in

    Enable SOLIDWORKS PDM Add-in

Make sure the SOLIDWORKS PDM integration add-in is listed and enabled. If it is not listed, try starting the Office application using the “run as administrator” option, then use the Add… option in the COM Add-Ins dialog to locate and load the office.dll file.

Microsoft Office Add-in for Word

Select Word SOLIDWORKS PDM Integration

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.