SOLIDWORKS Drawing Performance: Turn Off Detailing Mode

Article by Tashayla Openshaw on Jan 31, 2023

Do you experience poor performance when opening, saving, or closing a SOLIDWORKS drawing? There is a particular setting that may be to blame. Include Detailing Mode Data when saving is a setting that affects SOLIDWORKS versions 2020-2023.   

In SOLIDWORKS 2020–2021, the setting can be turned off in the SOLIDWORKS System Options, but as of version 2022, the option is no longer visible; but it can be disabled through the Windows Registry.    

Note: The steps in this article require access and edits to the Windows Registry. Any such edits are done at your own risk and should only be attempted under the advisement of your IT professional. If you are uncomfortable with following the procedure below, please seek assistance. 

Turn off Setting Inside SOLIDWORKS System Options 

For SOLIDWORKS 2020–2021, the setting can be turned off inside SOLIDWORKS by going to Tools Options System Options Drawings Performance and deselecting Include Detailing Mode Data when saving.  

SOLIDWORKS System Options Include Detailing Mode Data When Saving

Turn off Setting Through Windows Registry

You can also permanently turn off the setting through the Windows Registry for SOLIDWORKS 2022 and newer. To do that, follow the steps below.

  1.  Launch the Windows Registry Editor
  2. Go to the location:
    1. Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\SolidWorks\SOLIDWORKS <version>\Drawings

      Turn Off SOLIDWORKS Detailing Mode Setting Through Windows Registry

  3. Find the key Include Detailing Mode Data when saving, right-click on it, and select Modify.

    Modify Include Detailing Mode Data When Saving in SOLIDWORKS

  4. Change the Value data from one (1) to zero (0), and select OK.

    Value Data SOLIDWORKS Include Detailing Mode Data When Saving Option

This will permanently turn the setting off in SOLIDWORKS. 

SOLIDWORKS is develiping a solution to redefine how the option will work with older files by including a notification that will ask the users whether they would like to turn the option on or off. 

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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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