SOLIDWORKS Template File Locations

Article by Alaa Hosn updated January 10, 2024


One of the best things about SOLIDWORKS is the reduced repeatability of workflows in different areas of the software. This allows users to spend more time designing rather than tracing over the same steps over and over again.

SOLIDWORKS templates are a key aspect of SOLIDWORKS that allow for predefined setups. A template is required to create any part, assembly, or drawing and can be customized to avoid having to set up a new template each time a design is started. A template can include different settings and parameters such as units, precision, standards, custom properties, predefined features, and more. Aside from being set up properly, templates need to be located appropriately as well. This article will look at the template locations, how to ensure templates are stored properly, and the default folder paths for all SOLIDWORKS file locations.

Novice window when creating a new SW document

Where are default SOLIDWORKS template file locations?

The default SOLIDWORKS template file location is dependent on the version of SOLIDWORKS installed. If a user has multiple versions of SOLIDWORKS installed, there can be different template folders. By default, templates are stored in:

 C:\ProgramData\SOLIDWORKS\SOLIDWORKS 20xx\templates

With ’20xx’ being the version year(s) installed.

The very first time a user tries to create a new file in SOLIDWORKS, the user may be prompted to select the initial settings for the default templates (if the template file location is empty). For units, users can choose from MKS (meter, kilogram, second), CGS (centimeter, gram, second), MMGS (millimeter, gram, second), or IPS (inch, pound, second). The standards available in SOLIDWORKS include ANSI, ISO, DIN, JIS, BSI, GOST, and GB.

SOLIDWORKS template file locations

Default template selection windows

Can SOLIDWORKS templates be moved from the default folder location?

SOLIDWORKS Templates can be stored anywhere if they are referenced properly. When references have been set up correctly in System Options > File Locations, templates will appear for selection upon creating a new SOLIDWORKS document. The order in which file paths appear in File Locations is the same order that folder tabs are listed in the New SOLIDWORKS Document window.

Template file locations and how they appear in the template selection window

Where should templates be stored?

Users have the flexibility to decide where it makes the most sense to store templates. In a single-user environment, storing templates in the default folder location may work best when managing template files. Within a collaborative environment, multiple users may need to access standardized templates stored in PDM or on a network drive. SOLIDWORKS accommodates for this by allowing users to point to any file location that can be accessed by the computer SOLIDWORKS is installed on. For templates stored in PDM, data management functionality such as revision control applies to these documents.

What are ALL the default File Locations

If for any reason a file location is missing or needs to be set to default, the list below is a full outline of all default file locations. To make changes to the file path(s), change the “Show folders for” field to the desired file location and select Add, Delete, Move Up, or Move Down. Alternatively, users can select Edit All to view or modify all file locations from a table.

Modifying file locations

File TypeDefault Location
Document Templates 1C:\ProgramData\SOLIDWORKS\SOLIDWORKS version\templates
Document Templates 2C:\Program Files\SOLIDWORKS Corp\SOLIDWORKS\lang\english\Tutorial
Referenced DocumentsC:\ProgramData\SolidWorks\SOLIDWORKS 2022\design library\routing
Bend Table TemplateC:\Program Files\SOLIDWORKS Corp\SOLIDWORKS\lang\english
BOM TemplatesC:\Program Files\SOLIDWORKS Corp\SOLIDWORKS\lang\english
Color SwatchesC:\Program Files\SOLIDWORKS Corp\SOLIDWORKS\lang\english\colorswatches
Costing Report Template FolderC:\Program Files\SOLIDWORKS Corp\SOLIDWORKS\lang\english
Costing templatesC:\ProgramData\SOLIDWORKS\SOLIDWORKS version\lang\english\Costing templates
Custom Property FilesC:\ProgramData\SOLIDWORKS\SOLIDWORKS version\lang\english
Design Library 1C:\ProgramData\SOLIDWORKS\SOLIDWORKS version\Design Library
Design Library 2C:\ProgramData\SOLIDWORKS\SOLIDWORKS version\design library
Dimension/Annotation FavoritesC:\Users\user\Documents
DimXpert Callout Format FileC:\Program Files\SOLIDWORKS Corp\SOLIDWORKS\lang\english
DimXpert General Tolerance FileC:\Program Files\SOLIDWORKS Corp\SOLIDWORKS\lang\english
Drawing Scale StandardsC:\Program Files\SOLIDWORKS Corp\SOLIDWORKS\lang\english
General Tables TemplateC:\Program Files\SOLIDWORKS Corp\SOLIDWORKS\lang\english
Hatch Pattern FileC:\Program Files\SOLIDWORKS Corp\SOLIDWORKS\lang\english
Hole Callout Format FileC:\Program Files\SOLIDWORKS Corp\SOLIDWORKS\lang\english
Hole Table TemplatesC:\Program Files\SOLIDWORKS Corp\SOLIDWORKS\lang\english
Material Databases 1C:\Program Files\SOLIDWORKS Corp\SOLIDWORKS\lang\english\sldmaterials
Material Databases 2C:\ProgramData\SOLIDWORKS\SOLIDWORKS version\Custom Materials
Material Databases 3C:\ProgramData\SOLIDWORKS\SOLIDWORKS version\Sustainability
Punch Table TemplatesC:\Program Files\SOLIDWORKS Corp\SOLIDWORKS\lang\english
Revision Table TemplatesC:\Program Files\SOLIDWORKS Corp\SOLIDWORKS\lang\english
Search PathsC:\SOLIDWORKS Data
Sheet FormatsC:\ProgramData\SOLIDWORKS\SOLIDWORKS version\lang\english\sheetformat
Sheet Metal Bend Line Note FileC:\Program Files\SOLIDWORKS Corp\SOLIDWORKS\lang\english
Sheet Metal Bend TablesC:\Program Files\SOLIDWORKS Corp\SOLIDWORKS\lang\english\Sheetmetal Bend Tables
Sheet Metal Gauge TableC:\Program Files\SOLIDWORKS Corp\SOLIDWORKS\lang\english\sheet metal gauge tables
Sustainability Report Template FolderC:\Program Files\SOLIDWORKS Corp\SOLIDWORKS\lang\english
Symbol Library FolderC:\ProgramData\SOLIDWORKS\SOLIDWORKS version\lang\english
Thread ProfilesC:\ProgramData\SOLIDWORKS\SOLIDWORKS version\thread profiles
Title Block Table TemplateC:\Program Files\SOLIDWORKS Corp\SOLIDWORKS\lang\english
Weld Table TemplateC:\Program Files\SOLIDWORKS Corp\SOLIDWORKS\lang\english
Weldment Cut List TemplatesC:\Program Files\SOLIDWORKS Corp\SOLIDWORKS\lang\english
Weldment ProfilesC:\Program Files\SOLIDWORKS Corp\SOLIDWORKS\lang\english\weldment profiles
Weldment Property FileC:\Program Files\SOLIDWORKS Corp\SOLIDWORKS\lang\english\Weldments
3D PDF ThemesC:\Program Files\SOLIDWORKS Corp\SOLIDWORKS\data\themes
Structure System – Connection ElementsC:\Program Files\SOLIDWORKS Corp\SOLIDWORKS\data\Structure System – Connection Elements
Inspection Project Template FolderC:\ProgramData\SOLIDWORKS\SOLIDWORKS Inspection 2022 AddIn\Templates
Inspection Report Template FolderC:\ProgramData\SOLIDWORKS\SOLIDWORKS Inspection 2022 AddIn\Templates


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Alaa Hosn

Alaa is a Solutions Consultant who has been part of the TriMech team since 2018. He started in support and built a solid foundation on how to diagnose and troubleshoot SOLIDWORKS and Electrical issues covering all ranges of topics from installations to performance issues. Alaa is based in Richmond, VA and has a mechanical engineering degree from Virginia Tech. He has earned his CSWE among other SOLIDWORKS certifications and continues to achieve more!