The more stuff I have around on my desk, the harder it is to find anything. Like my keys, or my wallet, my glasses…
SolidWorks projects can be like that as well, especially when it comes to assembly files. You can have dozens of assembly files in a folder and forget which on is the “top.” Or perhaps there are a few “tops” in that directory, which makes it even more difficult to find what you’re looking for.
SolidWorks 2013 has a helpful new solution: Quick Filter for Top-Level Assemblies. Rather than just filter your folder view for assembly files, this new option only shows assemblies in the current folder that are at the top-level (that is, they are not used as a subassembly in any other file in the folder). I find it very handy and I hope you do, too! Just follow the screenshots below to see how this works.
All Files Showing: shows all files in the directory. Here I'm seeing parts, subassemblies, drawings, and even non-SolidWorks files.
Quick Filter Assemblies: Now I only see assemblies, but they could be top-level or sub-level; basically it is showing files with the .sldasm extension in this folder.
Quick Filter Top-Level Assemblies: Here I only see assemblies that are at the top level; .sldasm files that are not subassemblies of any files in this directory.