As an Enterprise PDM user with a far from photographic memory, I use the search tools in EPDM on a regular basis. Within the EPDM search tool there are a lot of little "tricks" and functions that may not be commonly known. Did you know that within EPDM we can create a desktop shortcut that will instantly launch a specific search favorite or search form?
With the EPDM Search Tool we can create a shortcut to search.exe and tack on one of several switches to control certain things.
Now Let's Apply It!
Now that we've gone over the switches that can be used, let's create a desktop shortcut that will do the following:
- Open the vault "SOLIDWORKS Projects"
- Run the search favorite "My Checked Out Files"
- Hide the Tree Pane and the Preview
If we right click on the desktop and choose to add a new shortcut, it will then ask us to choose a location.
We can then click "Browse" and path to "Search.exe"
By default this is located under [C:\Program Files\SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM\Search.exe]
Now it's time to add each of our additional switches to the end.
Open the vault "SOLIDWORKS Projects"
- "/V:SOLIDWORKS Projects"
Run the search favorite "My Checked Out Files"
- "/F:My Checked Out Files"
Hides the Tree Pane and the Preview
- /HT /HP
What we end up with in the path field is:
"C:\Program Files\SolidWorks Enterprise PDM\Search.exe" "/V:SOLIDWORKS Projects" "/F:My Checked Out Files" /HT /HP
Now we can finish creating our shortcut and will end up with a neat little icon on our desktop.
Now when we launch this shortcut, it will automatically open the Enterprise PDM Search tool and will activate my stored favorites within my SOLIDWORKS Projects vault! Although favorites save a lot of time in themselves, being able to easily access them from the desktop will help even more.
By: Cody Pendzich, Technical Support Representative