Do you have custom properties that you use over and over in every SolidWorks part? It can get very annoying having to type those in over...and over...and over again! Many of you have probably noticed that in your Property Name field there is a drop down of a bunch of general property names.
Well, what if those aren't what your company uses on a regular basis? SolidWorks pulls those default items from a simple ".txt" file. It is easily edited in notepad to delete or add items on this list to suite your company's needs.
The location of this text file is set under System Option, File Locations, Custom Property Files
The default location of this folder is C:\ProgramData\SolidWorks\SolidWorks (Version)\lang\english
The location of this file can be anywhere as long as the File Location setting matches. This can be very convenient if you want this file on the network for everyone to use. The one catch is the file MUST be named "properties.txt"
So now to actually editing the file...open up the properties.txt file in notepad and you'll see a list of all the default property names. You can add, remove, or edit existing property names. The only requirement is that each property name be on a separate line.
Once the file has been modified how you want it, save it and you're done! Go ahead and start a new part and see your properties appear!
No longer will you need to go through the frustration of typing in your properties one at a time, every time!
Say all you want to do is quickly add a custom property to a large file that would take forever opening just to do a simple task...we've got you covered there as well!
In windows explorer, locate the file you want to add the custom property to, right click it, and go to Properties.
The windows file properties dialog box will be brought up. Under the "Custom" tab you'll see something that looks very similar to the File, Properties dialog in SolidWorks. Fill in the Name, Type, and Value fields and click "Add" and your custom property will automatically populate in your File, Properties within SolidWorks!