I am taking a SolidWorks test for a job interview, and most times their Solidworks is set up different than I'm used to. Is there a way to take my settings with me on a flash drive and be able to use them without messing up their original settings?
It's good to take the settings with you but make sure that you make them aware of using your setting before the exam. Also if they don't use any custom settings/shortcuts then do educate them about this as how this helps in reducing time/mouse clicks, etc.
On the other side, you can customize the reg file and remove the paths to the templates, tables etc.(you may edit the reg file by editing it in a notepad).
And the last one; make sure you make a backup copy of settings on their machine so that you can revert their settings back once you're done.
Best of luck.
You could use the tool copy settings wizard. You find it in Solidworks/Solidwirks tools at the start menu.
That tool helps you to save and restore settings.
This should work fine as long as they do not set user preferences on start up of solidworks. (using scripts). There is also downsides with brining your own settings since the paths to templates is most likely to be different.
I got the job!
Gratz! Way to go.
Would you mind sharing the experience using your custom settings and how your employer reacted to it.
First off...congratulations Jennifer!
Hi Jennifer et al,
What kinds of settings do you typically change? We've often asked ourselves this question and without the actual *.sldreg files from users, we have no idea what you change. Do you find yourselves changing settings from day to day depending on what you are doing? Do you just change them as needed or do you save a file and load that file? Do you share settings between users or groups? Is it just UI changes or are there option changes as well?
I change a lot of the system settings. Mostly to turn off stuff that just gets in the way, but some stuff that is specific to what I do. Some I changed once way back when I first started with SW (2005, IIRC), and have never touched again. Others I change so often that I have macros and toolbar buttons (ie. Selection of hidden edges). Still others I keep turning on, and SW keeps turning them off - constant struggle for control of MY workstation (Dynamic highlight in particular, but there are others).
Thanks for the feedback. I know it's hard to recall when asked but if you could, please post or send me the ones that you think of that have reset themselves on you. Once set, the options should be sticky unless we are deliberately changing them for a reason which we don't do very often.
Two right off the top of my head are the dynamic highlighting (turns of constantly), and the display quality ('automatically' lowers the quality settings). These are the two biggest ones. They both happen numerous times daily. Most of the others seem to be hit and miss and only show up occasionally. If/as they come up, I'll let you know.
Oh yeah, I forgot the occasional 'Clear all settings' when SW crashes, or I have opened and closed too many sessions without closing them all and starting over.
I've run into the image quality automatically lowering, and for me it seems to happen to the same parts all the time, and not really affect others. So it could be something weird about the part file or some features in it.
Happens nearly every time that I have an assembly open, a drawing for that assembly, and most of the components open. Every time I switch to a differenct component, the quality is set to low. Must have something to do with the amount of graphics being used (GDI??).
On the dynamic highlight option, do you happen to have a 3Dconnexion 3D mouse? I've seen in the forums that most repeatable cases of that happen was caused by the 3D mouse and if I remember properly, the issue was fixed by updated drivers for the mouse. But, I am not certain. Someone else that has had the problem may be able to comment.
On the display quality setting, that was a known problem with the image quality setting between different documents when switching from drawings to parts/assemblies (as you mention). However, all known cases were fixed in SOLIDWORKS 2013 SP0. I see from your profile that you list SOLIDWORKS 2013. Are you still having that problem in 2013 or are you using a previous version when encountering that problem. If you can reproduce it, we are very interested in learning how.
Yes, I have a 3D Connexion mouse. The drivers are up to date. As to the image quality, it isn't as frequent as it used to be, but it still occasionally happens. I don't know if it is reproducible. I'll keep an eye on it, and if it is, I'll let my VAR know.
Here are a couple of threads on the 3DConnexion issue that may be helpful. It sounds like various solutions relating to driver uninstall/reinstall, registry change, and/or recalibration. I'm sure people would be curious to know if any of these solve it for you.
Dynamic Highlight Issue with 3D Connexion Devices Fix
System Options, Dynamic Highlight GRAYED OUT
There may be other related threads if you search the forum as well.
Thanks for the info. I checked everything, and it is as it is 'supposed to be'. I also recalibrated the mouse, so we'll se if this helps. Also, I'm in the process of moving to 2014, so maybe things will be better there.
Well, the problem didn't go away with the recalibration. Occasionally, the dynamic highlight still turns off. Also, when I started SW this morning, for no apparent reason, all toolbar mods were gone. Everything else seems to still be there. I did have the settings backed up and was able to restore them, so no great loss, but I don't know why this would happen.
I think my custom settings are just for keyboard shortcuts. Things like a shortcut for measure, document properties (for accessing custom props), mate, trim, turn on/off display of planes/axes/sketches/relations, and also shortcuts for macros. I guess my settings would also include file locations for templates etc but that isn't useful for working on a foreign machine. I don't find myself changing any settings on a day-to-day basis. We do not share our settings here between users, people just set up whatever shortcuts they want to use. But I wish they were more standardized, because when I need to do something on someone else's computer I end up pushing keys that either do the wrong thing or don't do anything. I wish SW had more default keyboard shortcuts.
I have two different levels of changes I make.
A few keyboard shortcuts, Mouse gestures for every situation, and I've customized the Command Manager. Especially in drawings. I've added some commands to the Annotation tab that have nothing to do with Annotations. but now I rarely need to change to a different tab. And I go weeks, and probably months, without making any changes.
And I can certainly see why Jennifer wanted to take her settings with her. I would be considerably slower without the settings I'm accustomed to.
Thanks for the replies all. It seems like for most it's a set and forget approach with the exception of a few options that get turned on/off as needed for selection or display not necessarily for a different role on a different day.
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