Glenn Schroeder

Can I save my SolidWorks settings for when I upgrade, or to share with another user?

Blog Post created by Glenn Schroeder on Dec 23, 2017

Yes, the Copy Settings Wizard will do that.  It will let you save a file with all your toolbars, menu selections, and other workspace settings, along with your settings at Tools > Options > System Options.  You can then go back to the Copy Settings Wizard to load these settings when needed.  While it's perfectly fine to save this file to your hard drive, I'd suggest keeping a backup on a network, flash drive, etc. in case your computer dies, or for when you get a new one.  And it doesn't automatically update, so to keep it current you need to save a file every time you make changes.  Please keep in mind that some experienced users recommend not using the Copy Settings Wizard to restore settings when upgrading to a new version, but instead set up everything manually.  I've personally never had any problems with it, but it's something to keep in mind.


There are several ways to get to it.  If you have SW open, you can go to Tools > Save/Restore Settings...



...or go to the SolidWorks Resources tab on the Task Pane and choose Copy Settings Wizard in the SolidWorks Tools section.



If you don't have SW open you can get to it by going to Start > All Programs > SolidWorks > SolidWorks Tools > Copy Settings Wizard.