Are you talking about the description that is found in the properties when you RC on the file?
When you did that did you go to the custom tab? That tab is supposed to show the custom properties.
Can you post an image of what you are seeing?
Yes, although I simply highlighted the file, then went to the bottom of the window, clicked on "add a description" (blue circle) and entered the info. But that info still shows up under the "custom" and "details" tab when i RC and go to properties.
You can see the part 15-6 doesn't show a description, but as soon as I close that part in solidworks... it pops right up.
In case it matters, the descriptions are hidden from other computers on my network while opened in my, or their solidwoks too. And the descriptions are present and correct if I do a bill of materials on an assembly containing one of the parts.
also, I think there is a way to edit the description from inside solidworks. If you could show me how, I think that may also solve my problem.
The description property in SW is different from the one you are seeing in windows explorer I believe.
As far as setting up the description in SW go to file>properties and under the custom tab you will see the chart.
If you select the down arrow under the first cell in the first column there is a drop down and one of the selections is description.
This one is a SW system property. Then just fill in a value for it. This value can then be used to populate your drawing title blocks along with other created properties.
I believe that the SW properties you mentioned are the same as the windows explorer ones since in SW the full desription was already there. Plus deleting it and retypeing it didn't help my cause at all.
This is where I was after File>Properties
after saving, exiting, and reopening, i still have the problem
My appologies. I was thinking of a different description in the windows properties.
I have never experimented with this before. I have looked at the properties in windows explorer
and have known that the custom tab was there, but never from the stand point that it disapeared
when the file was open. So I tried it and the same thing happened to me. When I had the file open
in SW the custom tab was not there.
But when I closed it it was.
The reason I think this is happening is because you can modify these properties
in both locations they can only be open in one at a given time, because if they
opened up in both at the same time there would be a conflict of interest.
1. In Windows Explorer, right click on one of the column headers and click More... at the bottom of the context menu.
2. In the Choose Details menu, scroll down to Description in the Details list box. You'll see two Description items in the list.
3. There's no real way to tell which Description selection is the right one reliably, so I just leave both columns enabled. Windows seems to switch the order of the two at random, so you don't always get the right column every time you launch a new instance of Windows Explorer it seems.
WHY DID THEY CHOOSE A COLUMN NAME THAT IS ALREADY USED IN WINDOWS BY DEFAULT?!?!
SWDescription or something along those lines would make so much more sense.