Articles by: Justin Williams

Justin Williams is a Data Management Applications Expert based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

How to include SOLIDWORKS files in the SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional Content Search (Updated)

After enabling the content search in SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional, by default the Windows Search Service supports indexing the following files types: Microsoft Office files HTML files MIME messages Plain-text files We can include other file types by installing its corresponding third-party iFilter.  After a new…

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How to include PDF files in SOLIDWORKS PDM Content Search

After enabling the content search in SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional, by default the Windows Search Service supports indexing the following files types; Microsoft Office files HTML files MIME messages Plain-text files How to include PDF files in the PDM Content Search We can include other file types…

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How to enable Content Search in SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional (Part 2)

In this article, we are going to look at how to enable the content search in SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional using the Windows Search Service. The following is required: SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional version 2016 SP0 or newer The archive server service must be able to access…

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How to enable Content Search in SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional (Part 1)

In this article, we are going to look at how to enable the content search in SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional using the Windows Search Service. This features requires: SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional version 2016 SP0 or newer The archive server service must be able to access the…

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How to Search All Variables within SOLIDWORKS PDM

SOLIDWORKS PDM Search

Ever have a scenario where you’re looking for a specific value but can’t remember which variable it’s stored in?  If you know where the value should be stored (for example part number), searching within SOLIDWORKS PDM is easy as we can search that specific variable…

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How to extract configuration specific information to a SOLIDWORKS PDM Data Card

In SOLIDWORKS PDM we can extract configuration specific information from the SOLIDWORKS part or assembly, and map it directly to the data card variable. How to map the configuration name to the PDM data card First, create the Variable to store the information in. Then map…

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How to Perform an OR Type Search in SOLIDWORKS PDM

SOLIDWORKS PDM OR Type Search

In SOLIDWORKS PDM entering values within multiple controls on a search card, performs an AND condition type search: This is essentially performing a search for any files with the Description Variable Plank AND the Material Variable Mahogany, returning any files containing both values.  But, what if you wanted to…

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How to recover a deleted SOLIDWORKS PDM file

In the world of SOLIDWORKS PDM, nothing is truly gone until it’s DESTROYED.  If you mistakenly delete a file (we all make mistakes…right?), don’t worry because SOLIDWORKS PDM has your back and using the recycle bin we can recover a deleted file. Required permissions To restore…

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List all Logged In SOLIDWORKS PDM Users

Using the SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional search tool, we can complete a search to list all logged in users. Importing the Users Search Card Via the Administration Tool; open the card editor; Select File > Import Navigate to the client installation files and select all(Search Complete)_gb.crd for English Select…

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