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How to Update SOLIDWORKS File Locations After Upgrading

How to Update SOLIDWORKS File Locations After Upgrading

After upgrading SOLIDWORKS from a previous year or installing multiple versions of SOLIDWORKS, your system may have different data folders belonging to different year versions of SOLIDWORKS. Often these file locations need audited and modified to point to the desired/correct folder for the particular year. 

 

Users may not even notice the folders are not set to the correct year, since many of the data folders contain the same reference files year after year. It is still, however, a good idea to keep them pointed to the correct year to avoid any unexpected behavior or accidentally overwriting a previous year’s version to another. 

Updating File Locations using Find and Replace

Updating the file locations is easy from Tools > Options > System Options tab > File Locations. Each category can be reviewed/modified individually using the ‘Show folders for’ dropdown.  When working to update the appropriate year versions, we can update all file locations to a specific SOLIDWORKS year all at once by using the Edit All button and then the Find and Replace options. 

 

Any changes are highlighted in green text. To apply the changes, simply click ‘Save’ and then ‘OK’. 

Update SOLIDWORKS File Locations After Upgrading

A restart of SOLIDWORKS may be required to update all file locations and for SOLIDWORKS to read the files in the updated locations. 

 

A list of default SOLIDWORKS file locations can be found here

 

Read this article for details on storing custom templates outside of the default SOLIDWORKS file locations. 

Updating Default Templates

SOLIDWORKS Default Template files used to start a new part, assembly, or drawing document are located in folders specified in Tools > Options > System Options tab > Default Templates. Each folder is represented with a tab in the ‘New SOLIDWORKS Document’ dialog box. Note the green and blue highlighted locations as they relate to the tabs when creating a new SOLIDWORKS file. 

How to Update SOLIDWORKS File Locations After Upgrading (2)

During SOLIDWORKS automated file creation, such as when mirroring parts or assemblies, saving bodies or assemblies as part files, or importing files from other applications, SOLIDWORKS uses template files specified in Tools > Options > System Options tab > Default Templates. 

How to Update SOLIDWORKS File Locations After Upgrading (3)

There are also options to: 

    • Always use these default document templates, which will automatically use the template defined in the path without prompting the user to select a template. 
    • Prompt the user to select a document template, which will prompt the user to select a template for the various times a default template would be used. 

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