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File Locations - Troubleshooting and Best Practices

Marsilino Bilatos

This article will outline the default file locations used by SOLIDWORKS, as well as some of the common errors experienced by users due to file location mis-pointing. 

 

Pointing SOLIDWORKS to the correct tools, libraries and template file locations will eliminate errors that result in a loss of productivity. This article will outline the default file locations used by SOLIDWORKS, provide examples of common user errors experienced due to incorrect file location settings, as well as provide best practice recommendations.

 

How To Set The Default Path

Before following the steps outlined below, ensure that you have SOLIDWORKS session open.

Once you have a SOLIDWORKS session open,

  1. Click on Tools
  2. Click on Options
  3. On the System Options tab, select File Locations
  4. From the Show folder for: drop down menu, choose the folder you want to set the location for.

  1. Click on add to point SOLIDWORKS to the location. Use the list below for the default locations.

 List of Common Default Paths

 

Property path
Document Templates C:\ProgramData\SOLIDWORKS version\templates
C:\Program Files\SOLIDWORKS Corp\SOLIDWORKS\lang\english\Tutorial
Bend Table Template  C:\Program Files\SOLIDWORKS Corp\SOLIDWORKS\lang\english
BOM Templates  C:\Program Files\SOLIDWORKS Corp\SOLIDWORKS\lang\english
Color Swatches  C:\Program Files\SOLIDWORKS Corp\SOLIDWORKS\lang\english\colorswatches
Costing templates  C:\Program Files\SOLIDWORKS Corp\SOLIDWORKS\lang\english\Costing templates
Custom Property Files  
C:\ProgramData\SOLIDWORKS\SOLIDWORKS version\lang\english
Design Library C:\ProgramData\SOLIDWORKS\SOLIDWORKS version\Design Library
Dimension/Annotation Favorites  C:\Users\user\Documents
DimXpert Callout Format File

C:\Program Files\SOLIDWORKS Corp\SOLIDWORKS\lang\english

Hole Callout Format File  C:\Program Files\SOLIDWORKS Corp\SOLIDWORKS\lang\english
Hole Table Templates  C:\Program Files\SOLIDWORKS Corp\SOLIDWORKS\lang\english
Punch Table Templates

C:\Program Files\SOLIDWORKS Corp\SOLIDWORKS\lang\english

Revision Table Templates

C:\Program Files\SOLIDWORKS Corp\SOLIDWORKS\lang\english

Search Paths C:\SOLIDWORKS Data\
Sheet Formats C:\ProgramData\SOLIDWORKS\SOLIDWORKS version\lang\english\sheetformat
Sheet Metal Bend Line Note File C:\Program Files\SOLIDWORKS Corp\SOLIDWORKS\lang\english
Sheet Metal Bend Tables C:\Program Files\SOLIDWORKS Corp\SOLIDWORKS\lang\english\Sheetmetal Bend Tables
Sheet Metal Gauge Table C:\Program Files\SOLIDWORKS Corp\SOLIDWORKS\lang\english\sheet metal gauge tables
Sustainability Report Template Folder C:\Program Files\SOLIDWORKS Corp\SOLIDWORKS\lang\english
Symbol Library Folder C:\ProgramData\SOLIDWORKS\SOLIDWORKS version\lang\english
Title Block Table Template C:\Program Files\SOLIDWORKS Corp\SOLIDWORKS\lang\english
Weld Table Template C:\Program Files\SOLIDWORKS Corp\SOLIDWORKS\lang\english
Weldment Cut List Templates C:\Program Files\SOLIDWORKS Corp\SOLIDWORKS\lang\english
Weldment Profiles C:\Program Files\SOLIDWORKS Corp\SOLIDWORKS\lang\english\weldment profiles
Weldment Property File C:\Program Files\SOLIDWORKS Corp\SOLIDWORKS\lang\english\Weldments

 

Similarly many issues are resolved by point SOLIDWORKS to the correct location for the Hole Wizard/Toolbox Folder. To set SOLIDWORKS to point to the correct folder, follow the steps outlined below:

  1. Click on Tools
  2. Click on Options
  3. On the System Options tab, select Hole Wizard/Toolbox
  4. In the Hole Wizard and Toolbox Folder field, set the following path C:\SOLIDWORKS Data <of installation version>\

 

Example Errors

Sheet metal gauge tables not pointing to the correct file.

 

Sheet template pointing to the incorrect file

 

Sheet template pointing to the correct file

 

Attempting to access Toolbox when SOLIDWORKS is pointing to the incorrect folder.

 

Symbols template pointing to the incorrect file location.

 

Symbols Template pointing to the correct file location.

Recommendation

Saving your custom templates in a re-usable and easy to find folder makes sharing your work with coworkers or changing a machine as effortless as possible. As per Hawk Ridge Systems best practice, it is recommended you create a folder, perhaps called SOLIDWORKS Custom Template, in a known location to save your custom templates in. Within that folder, you may create sub-folders for your different templates. Once you have created the folder you want, follow the process described above to point SOLIDWORKS to the template folders created.

 

Contact Us

For further assistance, please contact our HawkSupport team at 877-266-4469(US) or 866-587-6803(Canada) and support@hawkridgesys.com.

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