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SOLIDWORKS ProgramData Location and Visibility

 

While setting or browsing to many of the SOLIDWORKS default file locations, you may notice they are in C:\ProgramData\SOLIDWORKS, which is not visible in Windows File Explorer by default. This includes SOLIDWORKS items such as Document Templates, Sheet Formats, Weldment and Thread Profiles, Design Libraries, Custom Material Databases, etc.

 

There are two quick ways to browse to these locations within ProgramData.

Method 1: Browse Directly to ProgramData

With Windows File Explorer open, you can manually enter C:\ProgramData directly into the address bar and then navigate from there. To save time, if you have the full file path, you can copy and paste that text string directly into the address bar. 

SOLIDWORKS ProgramData Location and Visibility
SOLIDWORKS ProgramData Location and Visibility

Method 2: Change Windows Folder Option to Show Hidden Folders

If you find yourself navigating to ProgramData often to access SOLIDWORKS default file locations, then you may consider changing Windows File Explorer options to display Hidden Folders, which include ProgramData.

 

Within Windows File Explorer, select the View tab and then from the Show/Hide menu, turn on Hidden Items

SOLIDWORKS ProgramData Location and Visibility

Alternatively, you can select View > Options > ‘Change folder and search options’

SOLIDWORKS ProgramData Location and Visibility

In the newly opened Folder Options dialog, on the View tab, scroll down to ‘Hidden files and folders’ and toggle the option to ‘Show hidden files, folders, and drives’. You can now click OK to accept the changes and return to File Explorer.

SOLIDWORKS ProgramData Location and Visibility

The ProgramData folder is now visible in File explorer with a ghosted folder icon to represent this is one of the hidden by default folders. You can now navigate directly into ProgramData to the SOLIDWORKS file locations. 

SOLIDWORKS ProgramData Location and Visibility

Windows 11 is slightly different to display hidden items. Select View > Show > Hidden Items.

SOLIDWORKS ProgramData Location and Visibility

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