Symbol library file (GTOL.SYM) is missing

Alejandro Zamora

When upgrading SolidWorks versions, sometimes file locations become misplaced. A common issue is a misplaced symbols file. When trying to add a weldment symbol for example, you may see the following.


If you have drawings with symbols already inserted, they will go missing as well:


Before upgrade                   Missing Symbol File

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This indicates that SolidWorks cannot find the symbols file. First, check to see where SolidWorks is looking for the file. Go to Tools>Options>System Options>File Locations. Under “Show folders for:”, choose “Symbol Library File.” The default path should be:




Check to see if the correct year is displayed. If not, delete this file location and add the correct one, with the appropriate year. If the year is correct, navigate to the file location in Windows Explorer to see if it actually exists there. If not, grab a copy of the file from another installation or contact technical support.  


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    Jeff King


    My symbol library is missing. I don't have the directory shown in your help file C:\Program data

    thanks, Jeff

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    Frank Pace

    The Program Data folder will not show on the system by default. For the Program Data folder to show t is necessary to show hidden folders in Windows.Below is the current link for these steps on the Microsoft website.

    Edited by Frank Pace