Applying a New SOLIDWORKS Drawing Sheet Format to Existing & Future Drawings

Article by GoEngineer on Dec 28, 2022

Over time, companies may find themselves needing to create new templates for SOLIDWORKS drawings. This can include changing existing drawings to the new template format. The question is, how do we incorporate new drawing templates, into our existing & future SOLIDWORKS drawings.

  1. Start by creating the new template. (.drwdot) 
    1. Be sure to create a second sheet if necessary.

      Creating a New SOLIDWORKS Template

  2. Save each sheet format (.slddrt). File > Save Sheet Format
    1. Be sure to name each file appropriately. 

      Save SOLIDWORKS Sheet Format

  3. Ensure future drawings will pull the new template.
    1. Open and edit template file (.drwdot)
    2. Open Document Properties > Drawing Sheets
    3. Checkmark Use different sheet format
    4. . Navigate to sheet format 2 (.slddrt)
    5. Select OK

      SOLIDWORKS Document Properties for Drawing Sheets

    6. Save and overwrite the existing template file.
    7. Navigate to Options > System Options > File Locations 
      1. Move template file (.drwdot) to this location (All new drawings will reference this template)

        SOLIDWORKS System Options for File Locations

        Applying a New SOLIDWORKS Drawing Sheet Format for Existing and Future Drawings

  4. Change existing drawings to a NEW template.
    1. Open existing drawing 
    2. Right Mouse Button (RMB) on the drawing and choose Properties
    3. In the Sheet Properties dialog box choose to browse for the new format

      New Drawing Template in SOLIDWORKS

    4. Browse to the folder where sheet formats were saved. Choose GoE B size Sheet 1.slddrt

      Saved SOLIDWORKS Sheet Formats

    5. Choose Ok and verify that the sheet format has changed on the existing drawing. Be sure to change the sheet format template for any additional sheets using the second format created ex. (GoE B size Sheet 2.slddrt).

      Sheet Format for Existing or Future SOLIDWORKS Drawing

Note: Follow step 4 (a-e) for all existing drawings that need their sheet format updated.

I hope you found this SOLIDWORKS tutorial helpful. Check out more tips and tricks below.

Editor's Note: This article was originally published in November 2015 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.




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