SOLIDWORKS PDM 2021 Customizing Columns

Article by Joe Medeiros, CSWE updated October 6, 2020


The First thing to note about Columns in SOLIDWORKS PDM 2021 is the Columns node in PDM Administration. It now contains the sub nodes File Details Columns, File List Columns, File Operations Columns, Quick Search Columns and Search Results Columns. The addition of these sub nodes will make organizing and customizing your various Column sets easier.

No Column Sub Nodes


When creating a Column set under one of these sub nodes, the Column set will contain predefined options.

Predefined Options for Column Sets in Sub node

There are also new Types that can be chosen for the Column Set.

New Column Types

The Columns interface has been cleaned up by the addition of tabs for Columns and Permissions.

New Tabs

The default sort and sort direction can be defined by the Sort Column pull-downs.

Sort Column

In PDM 2021 for a Column set, under the Permissions tab, the Column set can be assigned to a User or Group. The Column set can also be assigned as the Preferred Column Set.

Permissions and Preferred

Users can switch between Column sets by right-clicking within the Explorer Vault View.

Selecting Column Set

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Joe Medeiros, CSWE

Joe Medeiros is a SOLIDWORKS and PDM Certified Expert. He has been helping SOLIDWORKS users with training, mentoring and implementations since 1998. He combines industry experience with a thorough understanding of SOLIDWORKS products to assist customers in being successful. He shares his experience and expertise through blogs; one of which has been incorporated into the SOLIDWORKS Essentials training manual.