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Save As Previous SOLIDWORKS Version Files

Starting with SOLIDWORKS 2024, you can now save part, assembly, and drawing files as a fully functional and editable PREVIOUS VERSION of SOLIDWORKS up to two years prior to the latest release. 

Save As Previous Version Requirements: 

    • SOLIDWORKS license must be on an active subscription service, or the previous version option will not be available. 
    • SOLIDWORKS model features/tools must be available in the previous version. Continue reading this guide for more details on this topic.  

How to Save As a Previous Version

Select File > Save As, and then in the Save as type dropdown list, select from the previous two version years of SOLIDWORKS. 

Save As Previous Version Files
Save As Previous Version Files

The file can then be opened in the previous version of SOLIDWORKS and edited like any other file created and saved in that version. The example image below was created in SOLIDWORKS 2024 and then saved to SOLIDWORKS 2023. Notice the last saved with version is SOLIDWORKS 2023.  

Save As Previous Version Files

Opening a previous version file in a future version will look no different than it did in the past. For example, when a file is saved from SOLIDWORKS 2024 to a previous version, and then that file is opened in SOLIDWORKS 2024 again, the standard message Older version of file. This will be converted when saved will display. The file can then be saved to the current version or either of the two previous versions again. 

Save As Previous Version Files

Incompatible Features

Each version of SOLIDWORKS contains many enhancements and new features/tools. When saving to previous versions, if one of the new features/tools is used in the design, then the system will display a list of the features which need attention prior to completing the save. These are considered incompatible features for saving to previous versions. 

Save As Previous Version Files

In the example images above and below were created using SOLIDWORKS 2024. LPattern1 uses pattern option ‘Symmetric’ for Direction 2 to create a linear hole pattern. This option is new in SOLIDWORKS 2024 and does not exist in previous versions. When saving a SOLIDWORKS 2024 file to either 2022 or 2023, the system will display the pattern in the list as Incompatible Items along with recommended actions to resolve. You will not be able to save to the previous version until the items are resolved. 

Save As Previous Version Files

While leaving the Previous Release Check dialog open, you can address the listed items. For this example, the ‘Symmetric’ option was turned off in Direction 2 and then the standard pattern along edge options were configured to achieve the same pattern results. 

Save As Previous Version Files

Once fixed, click the ‘Update’ button in the dialog to run the check again.  

Save As Previous Version Files

Once all items have been resolved, a successful verification dialog will display as shown in the image below. You can now proceed with File > Save As again to perform the save successfully. 

Save As Previous Version Files

Collaborating with Previous Version Users

The ability to save as a previous version can help collaborate with other SOLIDWORKS users running different versions. The next time your supplier or other SOLIDWORKS user reaches out that they cannot open your version of SOLIDWORKS, as long as they are running only up to two previous versions behind you, you can simply save the file to the same previous version they are using and then provide the files to them. The supplier can then make their changes in their version of SOLIDWORKS and provide you with the file again, which can be opened in your future version to continue with your design. 

Save As Previous Version Files

Technical Support

Get help from our team by Calling us at 800-364-1652 x 2. You can also get assistance by clicking the Technical Support button or the Email Our Experts button below. 

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