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SolidWorks File Management teaches you how to manage files within SolidWorks. This course should be taken before any of the SolidWorks Enterprise PDM courses, and is also ideal for any SolidWorks user not using SolidWorks Enterprise PDM. It includes explanations of the SolidWorks file structure, file references, file associativity, and how to manage a multi-user

Course details and prerequisites:

Duration: 1 Day
Type: Instructor Led
Level: Basic to Intermediate


  • Mechanical or Industrial design experience
  • Experience with SolidWorks
  • Experience with the Windows™ operating system
After the training you will be able to:
  • Understand the SolidWorks file structure
  • Use different methods to reduce SolidWorks file size
  • Use Backup to save multiple copies of files
  • Set AutoRecover options to prevent data loss
  • Share files through a collaborative environment







Course Outline

Lesson : SolidWorks File Structure

  • Understanding SolidWorks Files
  • SolidWorks File Structure
  • Reducing File Size
  • Configuration Bodies
  • External References
  • File References
  • File Reference Example
  • SolidWorks File Conversion
  • Opening Files

Lesson : Saving Files

  • Saving Files
  • Save Options
  • Editing References
  • Automatic File Backup
  • Backup/Recover
  • File Properties
  • Additional Data
  • Design Binder

Lesson : File References

  • External Reference Search Order
  • Searching for References
  • Recursive Searches
  • Changing References
  • SolidWorks Explorer
  • Case Study: SolidWorks Explorer

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