Windows

Window off screen in SOLIDWORKS? Get it back!

How to move a window that is off screen

Ever find yourself asking, “Hey!  Where did my window go?” or, “Why is my window off the edge of the screen?” Frustratingly, some SOLIDWORKS window or dialog box has been inconveniently located out of reach.  It’s either partly or completely off the screen.  Work grinds to a halt as you try to get that window back into view.  Or maybe it’s just not maximizing correctly.  The root cause of the issue can vary, and sometimes it is Windows that is misbehaving. How to Move a Window that is Off Screen Here are some fixes and workarounds, roughly in order of simple to more extreme, so that you are armed to the teeth to combat this unwelcome behavior! Windows+arrow keys.  Try them all (left, right, up and down) and try repeats (i.e. Windows+right or left, three times in a row)…this moves the active window around on any monitor, and also back and…

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How to stop Windows from updating your SOLIDWORKS certified video card driver!

It is a story we hear time and again from customers: They take the time and effort to download the correct certified driver for SOLIDWORKS from the SOLIDWORKS certified list, only to have a Windows update come along and displace that driver with the “Latest & Greatest”, which in many cases, turns out to be not so great! We can prevent the Windows operating system (Windows 7 & Windows 10) from automatically updating your drivers with the “Latest & Greatest” by following the simple series of steps below: Open the system properties dialog Choose the “Advanced System Settings” Link in the left Panel. On the “Hardware” tab of the Advanced System Properties dialog, select the “Device Installation Settings” button. Within the Device Installation Settings dialog, choose the following options: “No, let me choose what to do” “Never install driver software from Windows Update” Please keep in mind that this will…

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SOLIDWORKS Administration: Moving to a new License Server

Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 are out; they are no longer supported by SolidWorks. The following compatibility chart is taken from http://www.solidworks.com/sw/support/SystemRequirements.html. SolidWorks Network License Server Operating Systems SolidWorks 2011 SolidWorks 2012 SolidWorks 2013 SolidWorks 2014 Windows 7(SP1 required for SolidWorks 2014) Windows 8.1 (64-bit only) (2014 SP1) Windows 8 (64-bit only) Windows Vista Windows XP Windows Server 2003 Windows Server 2008 Windows Server 2008 R2 Windows Server 2012   Notice that Windows Server 2012 R2 is not yet supported, and if the past is any indication it will not be supported for at least a year.  However as of SolidWorks 2014 SP1 Windows 8.1 is supported. If you are still running SolidWorks 2013 and would like to move to Windows Server 2012 you can install SolidWorks 2014 SolidNetWork License manager, it supports previous releases of SolidWorks. There are 4 main steps to moving to a new license server:…

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Resolving the “File is open in another program” Windows Issue

Why can’t I delete or move a file or folder? What program is stopping me from deleting or moving a file or folder? Solve the issue with the Microsoft Process Explorer To help you resolve the ‘File is open in another program’ you can use The Process Explorer from Microsoft, amongst other things, will list the processes that are currently accessing the file or folder. You can download the Microsoft Process Explorer from here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb896653.aspx When you launch the Process Explorer pick Find from the menu. Enter the file or folder name you are trying to move or delete and pick the Search button. The applications that are accessing the file will be listed in the Search Window. You will then know which program/application to close; or if there is a process that is currently using the file – which you can close in the normal way using the Windows Task Manager (Right-click on…

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Is the Windows Indexing Service Helping or Hurting your Productivity.

Some of the modern search functionality within windows 7 is absolutely fantastic.  I can type fraction of a word and results from my email, start menu and specific locations on my hard drive begin to appear….instantly. I am certain that there are still folks out there who hear the words “Indexing Service” with reference to windows and automatically repeat the original online cry of “Shut down the Service”… “It will only slow down your computer”.  Well, those particular statements have been floating around the net since Windows desktop search was introduced, and as we know…..the internet never forgets. Let’s fast forward a bit to 2011 within Windows 7, the search functionality is built into windows and not some “afterthought” add-in.  However under certain circumstance, the indexing service can still fire up and reduce your system performance.  Let’s talk about why this happens. What is the purpose of the Windows Indexing…

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