How to Use Update Custom Properties Task in the Task Scheduler

This is an article showing how to use the Updates Custom Properties task in the Task Scheduler. You can find a full list of tasks performed by the Task Scheduler here:
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The Update Custom Properties Task can be used to update or modify Custom Properties. This is useful if changes were made to a model since the last time the documents were rebuilt or Properties need to be added. This can target individual files or whole folders.

  • An example is if changes were made to a part that changes the values of Custom Properties in Assemblies or Drawings, this task can be used to update all Custom Properties in the assemblies and drawings without having to do so manually.

Update Custom Properties Task

Here are the steps listed according to the following graphic:

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  1. Open up the Update Custom Properties task in SOLIDWORKS Task Scheduler.
  2. Set a custom Task Title if needed
  3. Add the file or folder that contains the documents that need to be updated. Only either File or Folder can be selected for the task.
    • If adding individual files from different folders: use the button Add File > browse to the file's location > select the file > click "Open".
      • File name will be populated in the File Name or Type column below
    • If there are folders that all files within need to be converted: use the button Add Folder > browser to the folder's location > select the folder > click "Select Folder". You can then check on "Include subfolders" to include files in subfolders.
      • File type will be populated in the File Name or Type column below. In this task part, assembly, and drawing file types can be selected.
  4. Running mode can be set to Once, Daily, Weekly, or Monthly. If the Start time and Start date are set in the past, before clicking "Finish", the task will start immediately
  5. In the Advanced option:
    • Set where the task working folder is. The task working files can include backup files, reports, and so on. 
    • Set when the task would timeout, ending the task whether or not the task completes.
    • Run SOLIDWORKS in the background minimized or not.
  6. Click Next.
  7. In the Custom Properties window that pops up, modify custom properties, add custom properties, or just hit Finish to set the task in motion.

Add or Modify Custom Properties

Here are steps to add or modify custom properties when the custom properties window pops up in step 7 above according to the following graphic.

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  1. Click on a row in the Name column to select an existing custom property name from the list or enter a name to create a new custom property.
  2. For the Type column, select the custom property type (Text, Date, Number, Yes or No).
  3. For the Value column, enter the custom property value depending on the type specified in the last step.
  4. For the Configuration column, if the custom property affects configurations within the SOLIDWORKS document, enter the name of the configuration, otherwise leave this blank.
  5. Repeat steps 1-4 for additional custom properties.
  6. Click Finish to set the task in motion.

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