Description Box Missing from SOLIDWORKS 'Save As' Window

This article walks through the steps necessary to access the 'Description' field when saving a file within SOLIDWORKS if it is not automatically available.



As shown in the illustration above, the 'Description' field should appear directly below the 'Save as type' menu when saving any file within SOLIDWORKS. If this dialogue field is missing, it can be made accessible by following the steps listed below.

1. Navigate to the SOLIDWORKS Install folder. By default, this will be located in C:\Program Files\SOLIDWORKS Corp\SOLIDWORKS.

2. In this folder, find the file named 'sldpropertyhandler.dll', as shown below. Once you have found this file, keep this window open for use in step 5.



3. Run the Command Prompt as an Administrator by typing 'cmd' in the Windows search field, right clicking 'cmd.exe', and selecting "Run as administrator".

4. Once the Command Prompt has opened, type 'regsvr32', with a space following this syntax.



5. Drag the 'sldpropertyhandler.dll' file into the Command Prompt window. This action should automatically populate the full file path into the Command Prompt. When performing this step with a 'sldpropertyhandler.dll' located in the default install path, the Command Prompt appears as shown below. Alternatively, this path can be manually entered.



6. Once this full command has been entered, press the 'Enter' key. This action will manually register the 'sldpropertyhandler.dll' file. If this action is successful, a message similar to the one shown in the illustration below should appear.



7. After performing steps 1 through 6, the 'Description' field should now be available for use.



If these steps do not resolve the issue, or if any errors are encountered during this process, please contact Hawk Ridge Systems at:



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  • More information on this behavior can be found in: S-071459


    You can access the above article number by logging into the Solidworks customer portal -> Knowledge Base -> search for "071459"


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