Windows Explorer

How to add SOLIDWORKS PDM Toolbar Buttons to Windows Explorer

In the SOLIDWORKS PDM vault view, toolbar buttons can be added for users and groups to give quick access to various commands. In Administration tool > Expand Users > Right-click the user and select Settings Select the Toolbar tab > Add the button from the list of ‘Available toolbar buttons’ to ‘Current Toolbar buttons’ list…

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How to make SOLIDWORKS PDM custom columns retain their order in Windows Explorer

SOLIDWORKS PDM Custom Columns in Windows Explorer

If you’re using custom columns for Windows Explorer within SOLIDWORKS PDM you may have run into an issue with them not retaining their order while navigating the vault or after a reboot.  This issue can be caused by a mismatch in the registry of the client machine, which we can correct with a few edits. WARNING: Caution…

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How to re-enable automatic local vault refresh in SOLIDWORKS PDM

SOLIDWORKS PDM Refresh

If you’re using SOLIDWORKS PDM 2019, then you’ve likely noticed some changes to the local vault view.  As part of the performance improvements in 2019, the frequency that Windows Explorer completes a refresh has been reduced.  This behavior is most apparent with operations like a Copy/Move Tree, as previously after the move tree completed explorer…

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How to restore SOLIDWORKS file shortcut options in Windows Explorer

Many SOLIDWORKS users are used to access SOLIDWORKS which appears when we right click on any part, assembly or drawing file within Windows Explorer. This SOLIDWORKS file option has various sub-options such as Pack and Go, Rename, Replace and Move. Hence, it allows user to create pack and go of the file right from the…

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How to set the SOLIDWORKS PDM Details View as default in Windows Explorer

SOLIDWORKS PDM Details View

During our Administering SOLIDWORKS PDM Training course, I always recommend setting the explorer view as Details as there’s a lot more information available for files with this view option.  Directly after I often get asked: “How do I set the SOLIDWORKS PDM Details View as the default in Windows Explorer?”. With SOLIDWORKS PDM being integrated within…

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SOLIDWORKS PDM enhances Windows Explorer with more controls and speed!

SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard Windows Explorer

I laugh sometimes when I deliver demonstrations of SOLIDWORKS PDM because I feel like I’m demonstrating something which everybody lives and breaths every day when they are working with their Windows computers.  I’ve even been tempted to stop a demonstration after a few clicks before because at the core, SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard and Professional are simply Windows Explorer…

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