SOLIDWORKS Template Locations

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One of the best parts about SOLIDWORKSReduced repeatability of workflows between different areas of software. This allows the user to spend more time on design rather than repeating the same steps.

SOLIDWORKS Templates are a crucial aspect of SOLIDWORKS. They allow for predefined settings. A template can be used to create any drawing, part, or assembly. They can also be customized, so you don’t need to set one up every time you start a new design. A template may include different settings, parameters, and features such as units and precision, standards and custom properties, predefined characteristics, and others. Templates must be properly located in addition to being set up correctly. This article will examine the default folder paths, the template locations and how to store templates correctly.

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Where are the default SOLIDWORKS templates files located?

The default SOLIDWORKS templates file location is determined by the version of SOLIDWORKS that has been installed. If a user installs multiple versions of SOLIDWORKS, different folders can be created for templates. By default, templates will be stored in:

 C:ProgramDataSOLIDWORKSSOLIDWORKS 20xxtemplates

With ’20xx’ being the version year(s) installed.

If the template location is empty, the user will be prompted for the initial settings when creating a new SOLIDWORKS file. For units, users have the option of choosing MKS (meters and kilograms per second), CGS centimeters and grams per second, MMGS millimeters and grams per second, or IPS inches, pounds, seconds. SOLIDWORKS includes ANSI ISO DIN JIS BSI GB GOST GB.

SOLIDWORKS template file locationsSelecting default templates

Can SOLIDWORKS templates be moved from their default folder?

SOLIDWORKS templates can be stored anywhere as long as they are properly referenced. When references have been set up correctly in System Options > File Locations, templates will appear for selection upon creating a new SOLIDWORKS document. The order in File Locations corresponds to the order of folder tabs listed in the New SOLIDWORKS Doc window.

Location of template files in the template window

Where should templates stored?

Users are able to choose where they want to store their templates. In a one-user environment, the default folder may be the best place to store templates when managing template files. In a collaborative setting, multiple users might need to access templates stored on a network or in PDM. SOLIDWORKS takes care of this by allowing the user to specify any location where a file can be accessed from the computer SOLIDWORKS has been installed on. The data management functionality of PDM is also applicable to templates.

What are all the default file locations?

If you need to set a default location for a file, or if a file is missing, this list will show all the default locations. To make changes to the file path(s), change the “Show folders for” field to the desired file location and select Add, Delete, Move Up, or Move Down. Users can also choose Edit All to view all file locations in a table.

Modifying file locations
File Type Default Location
Document Templates 1 C:ProgramDataSOLIDWORKSSOLIDWORKS VersionYou can download templates here.
Document Templates 2 C:Program FilesSOLIDWORKS CorpSOLIDWORKSlangenglishTutorial
Reference Documents C:ProgramDataSolidWorksSOLIDWORKS 2022design libraryrouting
Bend Table Template C:Program FilesSOLIDWORKS CorpSOLIDWORKSlangenglish
BOM Templates C:Program FilesSOLIDWORKS CorpSOLIDWORKSlangenglish
Color Swatches C:Program FilesSOLIDWORKS CorpSOLIDWORKSlangenglishcolorswatches
Costing Report Template Folder C:Program FilesSOLIDWORKS CorpSOLIDWORKSlangenglish
Costing templates C:ProgramDataSOLIDWORKSSOLIDWORKS VersionCosting templates
Custom Property Files C:ProgramDataSOLIDWORKSSOLIDWORKS Versionlangenglish
Design Library 1 C:ProgramDataSOLIDWORKSSOLIDWORKS VersionDesign Library
Design Library 2 C:ProgramDataSOLIDWORKSSOLIDWORKS Versiondesign library
Favorite Dimension/Annotation C:UsersUserDocuments
DimXpert Callout format file C:Program FilesSOLIDWORKS CorpSOLIDWORKSlangenglish
DimXpert File General Tolerance C:Program FilesSOLIDWORKS CorpSOLIDWORKSlangenglish
Drawing Scale Standards C:Program FilesSOLIDWORKS CorpSOLIDWORKSlangenglish
General Tables Template C:Program FilesSOLIDWORKS CorpSOLIDWORKSlangenglish
Hatch Pattern File C:Program FilesSOLIDWORKS CorpSOLIDWORKSlangenglish
Hole Callout Format File C:Program FilesSOLIDWORKS CorpSOLIDWORKSlangenglish
Hole Table Templates C:Program FilesSOLIDWORKS CorpSOLIDWORKSlangenglish
Material Databases 1, C:Program FilesSOLIDWORKS CorpSOLIDWORKSlangenglishsldmaterials
Material Databases 2 C:ProgramDataSOLIDWORKSSOLIDWORKS VersionCustom Materials
Material Databases 3. C:ProgramDataSOLIDWORKSSOLIDWORKS VersionSustainability
Punch Table Templates C:Program FilesSOLIDWORKS CorpSOLIDWORKSlangenglish
Revision Table Templates C:Program FilesSOLIDWORKS CorpSOLIDWORKSlangenglish
Search Paths C:SOLIDWORKS data
Sheet Formats C:ProgramDataSOLIDWORKSSOLIDWORKS Versionlangenglishsheetformat
Sheet Metal Bend Line Note File C:Program FilesSOLIDWORKS CorpSOLIDWORKSlangenglish
Sheet Metal Bend Tables C:Program FilesSOLIDWORKS CorpSOLIDWORKSlangenglishSheetmetal Bend Tables
Sheet Metal Gauge Table C:Program FilesSOLIDWORKS CorpSOLIDWORKSlangenglishsheet metal gauge tables
Sustainability Report Template Folder C:Program FilesSOLIDWORKS CorpSOLIDWORKSlangenglish
Symbol Library Folder C:ProgramDataSOLIDWORKSSOLIDWORKS Versionlangenglish
Thread Profiles C:ProgramDataSOLIDWORKSSOLIDWORKS VersionThread profiles
Title Block Table Template C:Program FilesSOLIDWORKS CorpSOLIDWORKSlangenglish
Welding Table Template C:Program FilesSOLIDWORKS CorpSOLIDWORKSlangenglish
Welding Cut List Templates C:Program FilesSOLIDWORKS CorpSOLIDWORKSlangenglish
Weldment profiles C:Program FilesSOLIDWORKS CorpSOLIDWORKSlangenglishweldment profiles
Weldment Property File C:Program FilesSOLIDWORKS CorpSOLIDWORKSlangenglishWeldments
3D PDF Themes C:Program FilesSOLIDWORKS CorpSOLIDWORKSdatathemes
Structure System – Connection Elements C:Program FilesSOLIDWORKS CorpSOLIDWORKSdataStructure System – Connection Elements
Inspection Project Template Folder C:ProgramDataSOLIDWORKSSOLIDWORKS Inspection 2022 AddInTemplates
Inspection Report Template Folder C:ProgramDataSOLIDWORKSSOLIDWORKS Inspection 2022 AddInTemplates


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