Add Global Symbol Attributes in SOLIDWORKS Electrical

Article by TriMech Solutions, LLC updated February 2, 2023


Global symbol attributes in SOLIDWORKS Electrical can be useful in cases where it is desired to change default properties of an attribute text such as appearance, name tag, and description on a global scale. This feature prevents users from having to set these properties manually each time which can be time consuming.

To add a global symbol attribute and to set the appearance, please open SOLIDWORKS Electrical and follow the steps given below:

  • The first step is to go to the Electrical Project tab and click on the drop-down option for Configurations > Select Project… > Then head over to the Attribute tab.
  • In the ‘Attribute’ tab, please click on the ‘Add symbol attribute’ which will open a list of properties you can add to the attributes (see image below).
  • From here, you can select the desired attribute from the list and adjust the setting of the attributes accordingly.
Add symbol attribute

Add Symbol Attribute

One important thing to note here is that the attribute settings that is performed or changed using Project Configuration shall only be applicable to the symbols used in the project and not to the complete database.

The next thing you will also notice is that there are limitations to what you can change in the global attributes. To be precise, you can only modify what is in the options listed in the Attributes management section (see image below) and this includes:

  • Name
  • Description
  • Text Style
  • Height
  • Color
  • Invisible
  • Layer
attributes management section

Attributes management section

It is important to note that you cannot make modifications globally to the placements and positions of the attributes since there are different numbers of tags and positions that are specific to each symbol. Since this is still a limitation in the program as of SOLIDWORKS Electrical 2023, you will still have to manually make edits/changes to placements and positions of attributes in the program.

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