Sometimes we find the greatest discoveries are hiding in plain sight. In its 2014 release, SOLIDWORKS greatly expanded the ability to not just find but reopen recently used files.
You’re probably already taking advantage of the MRU (most recently used) list that SOLIDWORKS – like many programs – employs, under the File pull-down menu (see Figure 1).
Additionally, you probably already knew that at the bottom of that list, selecting “Browse Recent Documents” – or, simply tapping the letter “R” – brought up the Recent Documents dialog box with which files could be selected graphically (see Figure 2).
So…just what’s new in 2014? Take a close look at the preview tiles and you will see an Expand icon, which reveals the following options (see Figure 3).
As you can see, the various options on this dialog box include the ability to open the file for editing or read-only viewing; open in fully resolved, lightweight, large assembly, design review, or quick view modes (as appropriate for the type of file); choose a particular configuration or display state; or choose which document is being referenced by the file you’re opening.
BONUS TIP: You can also drag and drop the preview tile! If you drag it into a drawing, it will create a view on that sheet; dragging into a part file creates a derived part; dragging into an assembly inserts the component into that environment; and dragging and dropping into Windows Explorer will copy the file to that directory.
By: Sam Hochberg, Applications Engineer