If it's necessary to have multiple versions of SOLIDWORKS installed on your computer, it can be an inconvenience if every time we double click on a SOLIDWORKS file, it is opened in the wrong version. In this article, you will learn how to change which version of SOLIDWORKS opens your files when double-clicking on them in File Explorer.
In this example, I want to make sure SOLIDWORK 2015 opens all my SOLIDWORKS files. My default version is 2016 and I’m running Windows 7 but the same should apply for Windows 10.
You might have to do the same process for all three file types but, in my experience, you only need to do it to one file type.
Now each time you double click any SOLIDWORKS file, the new default version will open it.
Editor's Note: This article was originally published in July 2016 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.
About Rodolfo Gutierrez
Rodolfo Gutierrez is a Mechanical Engineer by profession specializing in SOLIDWORKS, Routing, PDM, Sheet Metal, and Weldments. Lucky husband and goofy dad. Loves productivity hacks.
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