One call that we get on a regular basis on the support line is a question of “I used to get this warning message when I did…. and now thing are not happening the way they did before–why?” More often than not we find the answer in the SolidWorks System Options in the Messages/Errors/Warnings, as this is where dismissed error messages go when we check the box on a dialog that say “Don’t Show Again.” While there are cases where this is a good thing more often than not we forget that we dismissed the message and find ourselves trying to find it again.
It is important to know what the messages mean and what the consequence is when we check the box for Don’t show again. For example warning below come up when we open an assembly and SolidWorks cannot find a part or assembly file in the location it was once in or if the name changed. If we choose the option of Suppress and Don’t show again then for all other files we open that cannot find a referenced file then they will automatically be suppressed.
There are also other things that can happen when we check the option for Don’t show again. For example if we set an option to Prompt and then when we are prompted and check the Don’t show again box the System Option will change according what we set when we are prompted.
The last messages to watch out for are the ones that apply to a specific assembly or session of SolidWorks meaning that on the next file you open or the next time you close and restart SolidWorks you will be prompted once again for the same thing we were once before.
A good rule is to set yourself a reminder to go in once a month and check your system options to make sure that there is nothing that has been dismissed and that all of your settings are set to where you want them to be.
Josh Altergott is Support Manager at Computer Aided Technology, a SolidWorks Value Added Reseller with locations in Kentucky,
Missouri, Kansas, Indiana, Wisconsin and Illinois. He is a regular
contributor to the CATI Tech Notes blog.
Be sure to check out the SolidWorks Support FAQ every month for more answers to common questions–directly from the SolidWorks support team.