How to enable “Update drawings” when printing SOLIDWORKS Electrical Drawings

Article by Vipanjot Kaur, CSWP updated August 5, 2020


When the Drawings or reports in SOLIDWORKS Electrical are printed, it provides a dialog box to update the drawings, if any changes have been made to the reports and drawings they get updated.

What if we accidentally click on the “Do not show again for this project” checkbox and then click “Update drawings”, accidentally when the Update drawings dialog box pops up. As we are so used to dismissing pop-up messages to save a few seconds.

Update drawings dismissed

How the Update drawings dismiss

Now, next time when we go and print the drawings again, the Update drawings options get grayed out and doesn’t update any changes made in the drawings and report when we would like to print them.

This option of “Update drawings” doesn’t show up again even if the electrical user interface is reset or even if the registry is reset.

Update drawings grayed out

Update drawings grayed out

Enabling Update Drawings Option

Follow the steps below to enable the update drawings message, so that all the reports and drawings are updated when we print them:

  1. Open the project you would like to print > Go to Project Tab > Configuration > This launches the Project Configuration dialog box.
  2. On the General Tab, Scroll to the bottom
  3. Under options section > Update generated drawings > Select “Ask me” from the drop-down list
  4. Doing so next time the drawings/reports are printed we should be able to click the “Update drawings” option, it will no longer be grayed out.
Ask me to update generated drawings

Ask me to update generated drawings

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Vipanjot Kaur, CSWP

Vip is a Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional (CSWP) and is based in our Oakville Ontario head office.