SOLIDWORKS File Locations

Multiple-year versions of SOLIDWORKS Installed? Set File Locations the easy way!

When it becomes necessary to install multiple year versions of SOLIDWORKS, we recommend our best practices guide for the installation.  This article assumes that the aforementioned guide was used, and employs a technique designed to work with the settings we use in that guide. Once the multiple versions have been installed, your system will now have many different data folders belonging to each different year version of SOLIDWORKS, but that doesn’t guarantee that each year version is necessarily pointing to the correct folders intended for that particular year.  Therefore, it is a good idea to ensure that each year version points to the correct year version files in System Options > File Locations by using the Edit All functionality introduced in SOLIDWORKS 2017. This is recommended in order to avoid confusion later, or overwriting of any files from one year version’s onto another’s. Update with Edit All > Find/Replace In…

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How to specify where SOLIDWORKS should look for Document Templates

SOLIDWORKS File Locations

So you created the much needed SOLIDWORKS Part template, but you can’t seemed to load it. Not to worry – I will show you how to add templates to SOLIDWORKS with an option called “File Locations”. With SOLIDWORKS open, pick on the top cog icon and click “Options”, or select Tools > Options At about the middle of the System Options list on the left, click on “File Locations“. In the drop down box under “Show folders for:” we are going to select “Document Templates” if not already selected. Then you will click on the “Add…” button on the right. This will open up a standard dialog box. This is where you can point to where you saved your template. In here you can create a new folder, place it where you want, if you haven’t already, for all your custom templates. Once done creating or finding the file location,…

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My SOLIDWORKS ProgramData Folder is not Visible?

Many of the SOLIDWORKS File Locations point to folders in C:\ProgramData\SOLIDWORKS.  This includes default items like Templates, Custom Material Databases, Weldment Profiles, Design Libraries, etc. You may have noticed that browsing to this folder is not always visible.  By default, Windows keeps SOLIDWORKS ProgramData (C:\ProgramData) hidden.  There are two ways to browse to this location. Browse directly to C:\ProgramData in the Address Bar When you have Windows Explorer open for browsing, type C:\ProgramData directly into the address bar. Change Windows Folder Options to Show Hidden Folders You can also show all hidden files and folders.  This will now show the ProgramData folder in a lighter grey colour (indicating it is a hidden folder). In Windows 7, hold the Alt key to see the file menus.  Then select Tools > Folder Options. In Windows 10, select View > Options > Change folder and search options. Once in the Folder Options dialog, select…

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