3 Replies Latest reply on Oct 16, 2013 8:08 AM by Glenn Schroeder

    Custom Options and Template for Drawings

    Kazuki Furuyama

      Hey Solidworks Community,


           It has been a while since I last asked the forums about how to do something, and I feel like I'm getting the hang of this program.  Now that I am creating parts and putting them into drawing format, I am coming across some annoyances that I'm sure can be solved; I don't know how to though...


           I was able to save a custom options file that had the decimals going to the third place and some other font styling changes that were to my liking, but I have to select it EVERY TIME I draw a new part.  Is there a way to make it default to my saved custom options or is there no way around it?


           Also, I am making line drawings of the parts and I find myself editing the sheet format to delete the unnecessary boxes and retyping the "IF YOU COPY WE WILL HURT YOU" message, etc.... How do I make a custom drawing sheet and how do I default to that every time I start a new drawing?


      Thanks for all of the community's help!



        • Re: Custom Options and Template for Drawings
          Anna Wood

          What are your settings under Tools > Options > System Options > Default Templates and File Locations?





          • Re: Custom Options and Template for Drawings
            Jeremy Feist

            decimal places and fonts and such are DOCUMENT options, so they only apply to the current document. you need to update your  drawing template (or make a new one). - start a new drawing, load you document options (called a drafting standard) and then hit save as and choose drawing template as the file type - either overwriting your existing template or make a new one. you can also update the sheet format before saving.


            (side note: anything you customize in SW should be saved in a custom location. it will save you grief when you upgrade versions)

            • Re: Custom Options and Template for Drawings
              Glenn Schroeder



              In addition to Anna's and Jeremy's reponses, here is a discussion with a great deal of information about working with sheet formats and drawing templates:  https://forum.solidworks.com/thread/57204.  Reviewing it should help you quite a bit.


              To elaborate on your last question, right-click on a blank part of a drawing sheet and choose "Edit sheet format".  Make all desired changes.  Right-click again and choose "Edit sheet" to exit the function.  Next go to File > "Save Sheet Format..." to save it so it will be available to use for future drawings.  To default to it when you start a new drawing, open a new drawing, right-click on the tab at the bottom of the sheet, or a blank part of the drawing sheet, and choose "Properties..."  That will take you to the dialog box where your new sheet template will be available if you have pointed to the location where you saved it, as Anna asked.  Select this sheet format and click the Okay button.  Save your drawing template, as Jeremy explained.  Some of this may have been stuff you already know, but I didn't want to leave out anything.


              Please reply to let us know if this solved your problem.