This can't be right?! You check out a file in SOLIDWORKS PDM then you open it in SOLIDWORKS. But, for some reason, it still shows as read-only in the title bar! What the heck is going on?
This problem occurs infrequently, but when it does it can be very vexing. It just doesn’t make sense that a checked-out file would be read-only!
The most common cause of this issue is a conflict between the way SOLIDWORKS handles multi-user environments and the way that SOLIDWORKS PDM does.
SOLIDWORKS uses its built-in Collaboration features, which mark a file as read-only in the SOLIDWORKS System to prevent two users from modifying it at the same time.
SOLIDWORKS PDM, of course, uses the check-out/check-in method to manage this situation. Occasionally, both mechanisms kick in at the same time, causing a file to be checked out by PDM but marked as read-only by SOLIDWORKS.
Fortunately, the solution is easy.
When a file is bound up in this way, follow these four simple steps:
Once this is done, the read-only marking disappears from the title bar, and you can continue modifying the file knowing that you’ll be able to save your work successfully.
Every once in a while – and it’s not very common at all – this solution will not do the trick. In this case, most likely Windows itself has restricted the file through its internal file system. In that case, right-click the file in Windows Explorer, select Properties, and uncheck the Read-Only box.
At first glance, this may seem like a difficult situation to take care of, but once you understand how SOLIDWORKS and SOLIDWORKS PDM interact with each other, the solution to the problem is as easy as 1, 2, 3… 4!
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