SOLIDWORKS Drawing Referencing Old Files

Article by Tashayla Openshaw on Jul 27, 2022

Have you ever had a SOLIDWORKS drawing file showing an old reference, but all the views of that reference were deleted or are no longer in the drawing file? 

How to Fix SOLIDWORKS Drawing from Referencing Old Files

This issue can occur if the original referenced part was left selected in the View Pallete from the Task Pane before the view was deleted. 

There is a way to delete that reference, and it’s done through the View Palette. To do so, follow these steps:

  1. Activate the View Pallete
  2. Make sure the old reference is selected from the list
  3. Select the red “X” to delete the reference.

Fix SOLIDWORKS Drawing from Referencing Old Files

Now, when you look at the View Pallete drop down or the Find References dialog box, you will only see the correct reference(s).

SOLIDWORKS View Palette Drop Down

Find References SOLIDWORKS Nested View

I hope you found this quick SOLIDWORKS drawing tutorial helpful. Check out more SOLIDWORKS drawing tips and tricks below or on our YouTube channel

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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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