Configuring SOLIDWORKS for new Templates

Once Templates have been created, SOLIDWORKS has to be set up so they work correctly. The first thing to do is choose a location where you want these to be stored. It is advisable to choose a location which all machines can access, so a central server location. Place both Sheet Formats (slddrt) and Template (drwdot) files in a folder location and open SOLIDWORKS.

 

To allow SOLIDWORKS to find these files open the program and go to Tools>Options. Once opened navigate to System Options>File Locations. The dropdown on this page will already be set to Document Templates, so click the Add button and find the location where the templates are stored. Once this has been set, find Sheet Formats from the dropdown, and find the location where these are stored.

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Note: these locations work best if defined using a UNC path rather than a Mapped Drive, i.e. \\SERVER\location of templates\ rather than S:\location of templates\ – This isn’t crucial though.

Now this has been done, go to File>New. You should now see your templates on one of the tabs that appear at the top of this menu (select Advanced if your menu looks different). Now open your template.

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You will now have to tell the template where your sheet format is located in order to avoid this error on the right (This would appear when you create a new page). To do this Right Click in the blank area of the sheet and select Properties (you may have to expand the right click menu using the chevrons at the bottom).

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Once this page is open, select Browse and find the location where your sheet formats are stored. Once this has been set, go to File>Save as. Set the dropdown to Drawings Templates (*.drwdot) and save the template over the top of the one that’s open.

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