SOLIDWORKS PDM - Not Selecting All References During Transitions

Article by Enrico Tolentino on May 03, 2021

By default, when performing a transition on a file with references in SOLIDWORKS PDM, the children will be selected to go through the transition at the same time.

SOLIDWORKS PDM Transitions and Child References

The user can deselect any files to be excluded from the transition by manually clicking the child references or by using CRTL-A. Some prefer all files be selected by default, others prefer to select the files manually to only transition files that they want to. The default setting can be changed so that child references are deselected.

Where to change the setting

Use the SOLIDWORKS PDM Administration tool and log in as admin. This can be applied to individual users, globally to all users, or to groups (which still set the Settings to each user in the group). 

  • To apply it globally right click on the Users node and select Settings…
  • To apply it to individual users, right-click on a user and select Settings…

In this example, we will apply it to a single user.

SOLIDWORKS PDM Administration Settings

In the Settings window, select the Reference Dialog node. Below Miscellaneous turn off the check box for Select child references during state change and select OK. This setting will apply for all transitions inside the vault not for a particular transition.

Select Child References During State Changes Option in SOLIDWORKS PDM

Now when that user performs a transition, the child references are not selected by default.

SOLIDWORKS PDM Transitions Not Selecting Child References

This gives users more flexibility when working with child references within the vault. 

I hope you found this SOLIDWORKS PDM tutorial helpful. Learn more about PDM below!

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About Enrico Tolentino

Enrico graduated from California State Polytechnic University with a degree in Engineering. He is a data management specialist at GoEngineer based in Southern California. A car guy, Enrico frequents the SoCal open track days to test his limits. And, of course, his corgi's name is Rally. :)

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