Missing File Locations in SOLIDWORKS? Let’s Find Them!

Article by Heather McHale on May 21, 2020

Have you ever upgraded SOLIDWORKS and started receiving file location errors? Maybe your templates are invalid, or you see <MOD-DIA> instead of the diameter symbol? These issues are due to the reference file locations looking in the wrong location, most likely an old installation folder. In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to find missing file locations in SOLIDWORKS.

To modify the location of these files, navigate to tools>options>system options>file locations. 

System Options File Locations SOLIDWORKS

Using Add and Delete to add and remove the file locations one by one is a slow process. Fortunately, we can use Edit All, which displays all the file directories in one dialog box. This will allow us to change any or all file locations easily. Below is my file location mapping. My 2019 installation is referencing old file paths from a previous install. I can update these individually by simply typing in the new path column.

Edit all File Locations SOLIDWORKS

If I need to update multiple file paths, I can use Find/Replace to edit all similar directories. I have added the original directory to the Find What field and the new directory in Replace With. Selecting Replace All updates all directories containing the specified text.  You can repeat the process with other edits and click close when finished.  

Find and Replace SOLIDWORKS File Locations

If you need to reset your file locations back to the default locations used when the software was installed, you can use reset. Make sure to use reset this page only, or you will lose all other customizations.

System Options File location Reset this page only

I hope you found this missing file locations in SOLIDWORKS tutorial helpful. Fore more  tips and tricks  just like these, be sure to subscribe. 


About Heather McHale

Heather McHale is a SOLIDWORKS Technical Support Engineer, Instructor, and Certified SOLIDWORKS Expert. Heather has over 13 years of design experience since earning her degree in Computer Aided Drafting from Kellogg Community College. Heather joined the VAR channel in 2017 first with DASI and now GoEngineer. Based out of western Michigan, Heather enjoys camping, hiking, and scrapbooking in her free time.

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