SOLIDWORKS Save As

Description option missing on Save as dialog box. How to fix it?

Recently, a few customers have contacted me to report that their SOLIDWORKS Save as dialog box is missing the description field? When saving a part, assembly, or drawing document, you can add a description for the file via the Save As dialog box as shown below: Normally, when you install SOLIDWORKS this description field should be shown by default but if it missing you can enable it by following these steps: Step 1: Toggle on Details Pane Sometimes this problem can be easily fixed by toggling on the details pane through the File > Open dialog box. To do so go to File > Open > Organize > Layout > Toggle ON the details pane. Now, try saving the file again using File > save as and see if the description option appears. If the problem still exists then follow step 2. Step 2: Register a Dynamic Link Library (.dll)…

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How to embed SOLIDWORKS Composer files into Microsoft Word

SOLIDWORKS Composer data can be published into various external tools such as a PDF, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and HTML. Sometimes when you want to show your content to other users who do not have Composer or the Composer Player installed on their machines, publishing it in a PDF or MS Word document is the best method for sharing the data. Here are the steps of embedding a SOLIDWORKS composer file into Microsoft Word: STEP 1: Open a file. Open a new Microsoft Word Document through MS Word > File > New > Blank document. STEP 2:  Access Composer Player Control window through MS Word Go to File > Options. This opens the “word options” dialog box. On the Customize Ribbon Page > Select the developer check box > Click OK. Now the Developer tab will be shown. On the Developer Tab > Go to Controls > Legacy Tools > More…

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The difference between SOLIDWORKS Save as & Save as Copy Settings

SOLIDWORKS Save As Options

“SOLIDWORKS Save as” saves your already existing part/assembly/drawing, with a new name, and replaces any references made to the original file with that of the new file. “SOLIDWORKS Save as Copy” saves your already existing part/assembly/drawing, with a new name, but breaks all references to the original part. Essentially making a disassociated file that can be opened and modified with no connection to existing drawings or assemblies that contain the ‘original’ part.

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How to replace SOLIDWORKS Sub-assemblies with Multi-Body Parts while maintaining Drawing References!

As design evolves within SOLIDWORKS we find many customers have a desire to swap sub-assemblies for multi-body components.  We  could spend some time in this article to discuss why I think this may not be the best idea in regard to overall SOLIDWORKS performance, however my goal here is to highlight a little enhancement that can make a big difference to some users. The Common scenario: Let’s illustrate a scenario where we have a plan to exchange the sub-assemblies place for a multi-body component. If we happen to have created some annotated drawing content from a sub-assembly, before we used to use the “Replace Components” tool, we know what will happen…BOOM! All of the drawing dimensions will dangle and become useless. Preserve Geometry References In order to avoid this, we can invoke some functionality when Saving out the assembly as a multi-body component in the first place. When we save…

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Remove all part features in one easy step with SOLIDWORKS 2017 Convert to Bodies

SOLIDWORKS Convert Bodies

If you go to the trouble of saving a SOLIDWORKS part as a neutral file format in order to remove ALL feature data from your model then you will find that SOLIDWORKS 2017 will save you a few steps with the new “Convert to Bodies” function. To access this new function, right-mouse click on the part name at the top of the FeatureManager Design Tree and select “Convert to Bodies” from the shortcut menu. You will then be prompted with a warning that bodies will be permanently deleted and SOLIDWORKS offers various “Save As” options to create a new part from the conversion. The nifty bit of functionality is that if the part is a component within an assembly, SOLIDWORKS will retain the mate references from other parts, assemblies, and drawings as you convert its features over to bodies. This will allow you to remove any feature history but still retain the bodies and surfaces. Related note: If you…

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Link the SOLIDWORKS Save As dialog description field to a Custom Property

Here at Javelin we are witness to a wide variety of ways that customers manage their custom property data. Often, we also get to see  which of those values become the most important details to a project. Some versatility that SOLIDWORKS offers us in regard to custom property metadata isn’t so obvious. Take the “Description” field within the “Save As” dialog for example. You can link a Custom Property to the Save As dialog description field so that SOLIDWORKS will push this value into any of the custom properties available. This can be accomplished by entering the settings dialog, under System Options > General > “Custom property used as component description“. Once adjusted the value typed within the “Save “as” dialog will then be pushed to the chosen custom property in any new files.

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SOLIDWORKS Library Feature Warning

Some time ago, I wrote a blog article about how to create a library feature. In it, you will notice that when I create a new part, before I do anything else, I save it as a Library Feature Part. At the time (SolidWorks 2013, I believe), it was necessary to save first, otherwise SOLIDWORKS would delete all the features and I would have to start again. Thankfully, this behaviour was changed (in SOLIDWORKS 2015, I believe), and currently asks you whether or not you want the features deleted with the following message: “This library feature part may contain features that are not related to selected features. Do you want to create a simplified library feature part that does not include unrelated features? Please note that this may cause rebuild errors in this library feature part.” Displayed in SOLIDWORKS via this warning message pop-up window:   Wow. That’s quite the novel….

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Enabling description in SOLIDWORKS ‘Save’ and ‘Save as’ dialog box

After upgrading SOLIDWORKS or running a fresh installation you may notice that the field for Description in SOLIDWORKS Save and Save As dialog boxes has disappeared? This problem is caused by a library file called “sldpropertyhandler.dll” and to fix it you need to register this library file again. How to fix the problem: To fix this issue follow these steps: 1- Locate “sldpropertyhandler.dll” in windows explorer, it should be in your main SolidWorks installation folder. The default location is: C:\Program Files\SolidWorks Corp\SolidWorks 2- Right click on Command Prompt and run as administrator. 3- For Windows 7 type “regsvr32” and then drag and drop “sldpropertyhandler.dll” from windows explorer to Command Prompt. This will add the library location to the command line. sldpropertyhandler.dll in windows explorer If you have Windows 10 you need to add ‘C:\Windows\SysWOW64\regsvr32’ before DLL location path. So the command should look like this: sldpropertyhandler.dll added to command prompt in Windows 10…

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