I ran into some strange behavior when trying to add document templates.
So I thought I’d share what I learned.
This post is about three types of SOLIDWORKS templates:
The default folder is C:\ProgramData\SOLIDWORKS\SOLIDWORKS 20xx\templates
When you install a newer version, SOLIDWORKS reuses templates from this version. I have SW 2017, 2019 and 2020 installed and they all use the 2017 templates.
This is not ideal, because the official advice is to create new templates every time you switch to a new SOLIDWORKS version.
I just checked to see if templates for each version actually exist at all. But no, the template folders for other SW versions are still empty.
Go to System Options > File Locations. Document Templates is at the top of the list.
You don’t need to. You can quickly create them yourself.
I wrote a short post about this trick. Read it here.
No, you cannot.
These methods all concern Sheet Formats, which SOLIDWORKS apparently called templates decades ago.
SOLIDWORKS creates a new part/assembly/drawing template when it can’t find one.
I showed you how in the blog post in the section above this one.
That means that if SOLIDWORKS keeps on creating new templates, you have not set up your template directory correctly.
Make sure your template directory (or its subfolders) contains every document template.
For more details, check out this forum topic.
I still don’t understand why this happens. Maybe because both directories have the same name (see the next section).
I just know I was able to fix it. All I did was click “Move Up” on the new directory in the settings.
Because SOLIDWORKS uses the directory name to create tabs. I found that here in the help.
If you two directories are named “Templates” or “templates” (SOLIDWORKS is not case sensitive), then the contents of these directories are merged in a single tab.
After I renamed one of the directories and added the new directory to the settings:
This happens when you have a main folder that contains no templates, just subfolders with templates.
SOLIDWORKS will add a tab for each subfolder and a tab for the main folder, which then contains not a single template.
This doesn’t seem to happen in newer SOLIDWORKS versions though. It doesn’t even happen in my SW 2017 installation.
Some people like to choose their template for every new file, but some people hate it.
You can change the settings here:
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