SolidWorks 2013 introduces a new application called the SolidWorks Launcher that helps opening files from different SW versions in appropriate SolidWorks version (when multiple SW versions are installed).
By default on a system with SolidWorks 2013 installed, SolidWorks file types should be associated to the Launcher (swshellfilelauncher.exe) and when opening files using double-click or right-click Open they should open in same SolidWorks session (SLDWORKS.EXE).
However if the file types are associated directly to the SolidWorks 2013 (sldworks.exe) application instead, the files may open in separate background SolidWorks sessions instead of the existing open session when you double-click the files.
- Note that another symptom of wrong association is that the SolidWorks file icons show a generic SolidWorks icon rather than the individual part, assembly or drawing icon.
To correct the file associations, do as follows:
- Close all sldworks.exe sessions via task manager.
- Start SolidWorks 2013 as an administrator (browse to the SolidWorks install folder, right-click sldworks.exe, select “Run as administrator”).
- Select Tools, Options, “Restore File Associations”.
- Close SolidWorks.
- Browse to a SolidWorks part (sldprt) file in a local Windows folder, right-click, select “Open With”, Select “Choose default program”.
- Select to use the “SolidWorks Launcher” (or use the Browse button, browse to the SolidWorks 2013 install folder and select “swfilelauncher.exe” if needed). Mark “always use the selected program for this kind of file”. Press OK.
- Repeat this procedure with a sldasm and slddrw file.
- The files should open in same SW session from now on.