Have you ever needed to rename your SOLIDWORKS files, but didn’t want to deal with the headache of losing the references in associated parts/assemblies/drawings? Believe it or not, there is a simple way to rename files while maintaining references within SOLIDWORKS. Let me walk you through how.
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Starting in SOLIDWORKS 2016, a very useful setting was added to the program that allows files to be renamed from the FeatureManager tree.
The first step is to enable the option in your System Options.
You will be able to rename from the FeatureManager tree in Part and Assembly files, however, this is not possible in Drawings. When in an Assembly, you can rename the Top-Level Assembly and any Sub-Assemblies and Parts in the tree. Parts can be edited from the parent level of the Assembly or from a Sub-Assembly deeper within the tree.
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If the files you are changing the name of are stored in PDM, you will need to make sure that the assembly and the part are both checked out from PDM. It is also necessary to have write privileges for both the folder that the files are located in and the state that it’s in.
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Once the setting is turned on, there are a couple of ways to rename the file.
Once you have renamed the file, all copies of the part will change, and you will see the name change in File Explorer as well.
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About Tashayla Openshaw
Tashayla Openshaw is a SOLIDWORKS Technical Support Engineer based out of our Headquarters in Salt Lake City, Utah. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Utah in 2018 and has been part of the GoEngineer family since February 2019.
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