Is there a way to force the rebuilding of all file icons in an assembly?
I assume you're looking for a way to update all the thumbnails in windows explorer without going into each part/subassembly, pressing Ctrl+Q, Ctrl+S, Ctrl+W, opening the next part, rinse and repeat.
As far as I know you have to go into SolidWorks and do the rebuild/save because the thumbnail is generated from tessellation data of the 3D file. So, this sounds like a job for a macro. Something to the effect of opening a top-level assembly, then having the macro open each part > rebuild > save. I wish I could do that myself but this seems like the sorta thing someone already did, and it definitely exists in the #TASK add-in.
Do some googling for a macro that will open each part in an assy and rebuild/save it. That will do the trick.
I tried the open individual part file, CTRL-Q, and exit technique. For some reason, that's not working today. The file thumbnail isn't updating to match the part or assembly.
I totally misunderstood the problem.
The only way to update the file thumbnail is to open and save the file. The thumbnail is always the last saved view.
Sorry for late reply. You may have already gotten this working, but check that "Save tesselation data with part" is checked off in the part settings.
If it is and it's still not working, could be Windows just acting funny. This has happened to me in the past, and for whatever reason the icons won't update one day but will the next.
#TASK - update Windows Thumbnail - YouTube
Retrieving data ...