Over the last few weeks, I’ve had students in my classes stop me as I’m performing file operations in the SOLIDWORKS File… Open dialog box. I’d copy a part, rename a file, or open multiple files together and get, “How did you do that again?” from a student. After a few occurrences of this, I figured I had found a blog topic.
First off: you can indeed open more than one file at a time in SOLIDWORKS. When you are in the File… Open dialog box, instead of just picking one file and clicking the Open button, try holding down the CTRL key; you’ll find that you are able to select multiple files together this way. Now, when you click the Open button, all of the selected files will open at the same time.
Something else to note: you can perform file operations while in the Open dialog box. To copy a file, simply right-click on the file and choose Copy from the pop-up menu. As an alternative, select the file and hit CTRL-C (Window keyboard shortcut for Copy).
Now, right-click on a blank area of you folder and choose Paste (or click on a blank area and hit CTRL-V, the Windows shortcut for Paste).
You will have a copy of the original file with a name ending with “ – Copy”. You will probably want to give your new file a new name, so right-click on the file and choose Rename. Rename the file and viola! You made a new copy of a file all within the SOLIDWORKS Open dialog. Now just select and open in SOLIDWORKS as normal.
There are other file operations you can perform here, as evidenced by the pop-up menus shown in the images above. Doing some of these operation from within the Open dialog can definitely be a nice time saver.
By: John Setzer, Training Coordinator