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Introducing SolidWorks

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Color Palette File SolidWorks Settings File Material Database Drafting standard Macros, Macro Features Custom Property File, Sheet Metal Bend Line Note File Sheet Metal Gauge Table

Saving your setup

If you have taken time to set up a computer and then need to reinstall SolidWorks, move to another computer, or duplicate the setup for another user, you need to copy out the files you have used or customized. All these files are located by default in different folders within the SolidWorks installation directory. Chapter 2 deals with interface settings and creating a registry settings file to copy to other computers or use as a backup, but that does not address also copying the files of var- ious types that also comprise an installation customization.

Especially when you are doing complex implementations that include templates for various types of tables or customized symbol files, it is important to have copies of these files in a location other than the default installation folder. Uninstalling SolidWorks or installing a new version will wipe out all of your hard work. Use the Tools Options File loca- tions to locate these files in separate library folders that can be on the local hard drive or on a network location. BEST PRACTICE

Templates

I have included some of my part and assembly templates on the CD-ROM for you. Copy these files to the location specified at ToolsOptionsFile LocationsDocument Templates.

When you begin to create a new document, and the New SolidWorks Document dialog box gives you the option to select one of several files to start from, those files are templates. Think of tem- plates as “start parts” that contain all of the document-specific settings for a part (ToolsOptionsDocument Properties). The same concept applies to assemblies and drawings. Templates generally do not have any geometry in them (although it is possible).

The Novice interface for the File, New SolidWorks Document dialog box only allows you to select default templates. The Advanced interface allows you to select any available template. TIP

As shown in Figure 1.9, several tabs can be displayed on the advanced interface. Each of these tabs is created by creating a folder in the template directory specified in ToolOptions.

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