Last SOLIDWORKS Version Saved In Quick Tip

Article by Krystal Petersen on Apr 26, 2021

There are times when we need to know exactly what the last version a file for SOLIDWORKS was saved in. This isn't easily found unless you know how to set it up. In this SOLIDWORKS tutorial, we'll show you how. 

This process will help ensure that files are opened and saved in the correct release to prevent file version issues. Generally, this is used in a multi-year version setup. This will allow you to see what version a file was saved in and thus prevent the issue of opening with a forward version, making changes, and then saving and nullifying the project because it’s in a version forward of what it should be.

First, open your File Explorer window. Once open, right-click on the row that has Name, Date Modified, and Type. 

Last SOLIDWORKS Version Saved In Tutorial

Click the More... option to open a new window of items to select. 

Last SOLIDWORKS Version Saved In Choose Details

With the above window open, scroll until you find SW Last saved with and SW Open Time. 

In the example below, both of these are displayed. With these checkmarks made, select OK to allow the change to process.

SOLIDWORKS Last Saved with SW Open Time

As you can see below, the selected items are now shown in the File Explorer window.

Last SOLIDWORKS Version Saved In File Explorer Window

To apply this to all folders, in the same Windows Explorer, open the View option.

Windows Explorer View Options

Select Options. 

Windows Explorer Options Menu

Once the Options window opens, go to the View tab and select Apply to all folders option. This will apply the above change to all folders and prevent having to go through the process each time you need the information. 

Last SOLIDWORKS Version Saved Apply to Folders

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


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About Krystal Petersen

Krystal Petersen is a SOLIDWORKS Technical Support Engineer based out of Auburn Hills, Michigan. Krystal studied Product Engineering at Oakland Community College and has earned her CSWA and CSWP Certifications. She joined the VAR channel in 2015 with DASI (now GoEngineer). Krystal is a huge fan of Star Wars and likes to spend her off time fishing and camping.

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