Basically I would like it SW first went to my desktop every time I open a new file. Not to the network, that can force me to wait several minutes every time I do so, even when the files I want are on my computer.
You can set the default Save Directory for saving new parts/Assy/Drawings in Solidworks option.
But it only works for saving not opening.
As mentioned above, Solidworks remembers the last opened file's directory and goes straight there.
But if you drag a file into SW and open it, solidworks doesn't count that file as an "Opened file" and doesn't change its working directory.
You can use a search utility like Everything and search for files and drag them to SW to bypass the loss time for accessing network folder.
Everthing currently is the top searching utility for windows and you will be shocked with it's index and search speed.
It is a search while typing utility and it's free.
And Yes, to your surprise, it can index networked folders, mapped network folders, external drives and anything that is connected to a pc.
You can set file types/Directories/Drives to be indexed and also file types/Directories/Drives to be excluded in index.
I know it's not what you're looking for. But just as an option:
I use a very small utility called Listary.
This app adds a button and a search box to the bottom of Save/Open windows for any application, including SW.
You can add any Directory to its favorite and move very speedy between different drives/folders.
This app indexes all the folders and you can simply type anything to search for a specific file.
If you click the above favorites button you receive a list of folders you've set. and will be able to jump to that folder without navigating through drives & folders.
This app has also several other buttons, like history etc. But since I don't use them, I've hide them all and use favorite button only.
I usually pin the recent file shortcuts to top in file menu.
There is also Browse Recent Folders on that menu , which I use quite alot as saves time drill around drive.
SolidWorks normally remembers that last folder accessed. So place an empty part on your desktop. Double click on it to open it. Create you new part. Then do a save as. It should default to your desktop.
I tried that and found inconsistent results in testing, so I canceled a reply saying about the same. The issue that I found is that SWx would remember last opened and last saved locations separately, or mixed context when multiple files in multiple locations were active.
Thanks Habib Ghalamkari for answering this. After getting stumped in trying to help, I was interested in the right answer.
Thanks Habib for sharing this useful information.
Snehal Shah wrote: Thanks Habib for sharing this useful information.
Snehal Shah wrote:
Glad to see it helped you.
That's great. And unfourtunally SW 2016 doesn't seem to have that option. Marking this as a correct answer anyway, as it does seem to an option on present/future versions.
This is awesome,
the file locations tab is the right place to go. Did not know that you could set a default save folder. That must be a 2019 function. that would be great if I can add multiple paths for different file types. As I have drawing that go one place and all the parts and assemblies go in folders in another location.
David Matula wrote: As I have drawing that go one place and all the parts and assemblies go in folders in another location.
David Matula wrote:
As I have drawing that go one place and all the parts and assemblies go in folders in another location.
I always keep a component and its drawing in the same folder. This way if I right click a component/assembly in the feature tree, I can select Open Drawing and work on its drawing.
What will happen if a part and it's drawing are in two different directories? Does Solidworks keep track of the drawing path for each component? Can you right click and open a part drawing straight from feature tree?
if keeping everything in one folder works for you go for it. I got this crazy system here that works for these people I just have to learn it and love it or move on to the next place and right now I am tired of moving.
There was a time, 2008, 2009, where I had all my parts on the computer. where the search commands is on version 2018 I would be able to start typing in a part # or a drawing # and was able to find what I was looking for quickly.
then the File explorer tab was kind of nice too.
Seems like I always had a different part # scheme and drawing # thing that make it where using the same file name was not something that I could do. I think it was around that time that I did put the drawings and the parts and assemblies all in the same place.
It made it easier to copy a folder to another and then make changes for the new product, that the show was going to be making. Excel was the file management and drawing management tool of the day also. Links to pdf's that were approved.....
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