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Where Used with SOLIDWORKS File Utilities

Finding where a file is used can be done in Windows File Explorer using the SOLIDWORKS File Utilities, which is installed with SOLIDWORKS by default. This is especially important if you are not using a data management tool such as SOLIDWORKS PDM. File Utilities even has additional tools, such as Rename, Replace, and Move! 

Finding where a file is used can be done in File Explorer using the SOLIDWORKS File Utilities, which is installed with SOLIDWORKS by default.

Note, the SOLIDWORKS File Utilities tools are for users without SOLIDWORKS PDM, which has its own built-in functionality to easily show where files are being used. 

 

The first step to finding where a file is used is to set file locations to search where you store your SOLIDWORKS files. To do this, locate the file you want to find out where it is being used and then select right-click and select SOLIDWORKS > File Locations. 

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Within the File Locations dialog, click Add… to include directories where SOLIDWORKS files are stored. Also choose the options to ‘Include subfolders’ and ‘Include SOLIDWORKS File Locations Referenced Documents Folders’ (this option will include any folders listed in SOLIDWORKS Tools > Options > System Options tab > File Locations > Referenced Documents). Click OK add the locations and close the dialog. 

 

Consider only adding directories where SOLIDWORKS files are stored or you may increase the search time considerably as the system searches through directories which do not even contain SOLIDWORKS files. 

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Now when you right-click a SOLIDWORKS file and select SOLIDWORKS > and either Rename… Replace… Or Move…, the system will search the specified file locations added in the previous step for where the file is used. The file names and paths will be listed in the Where Used area. 

 

The example below shows the SOLIDWORKS part file named BLADE.SLDPRT is used in one assembly and one drawing. 

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The image below is an example of the results without selecting which folders to include. 

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