“Everyone knows Windows Explorer.”
No, not everyone knows Windows Explorer. Some people find the Explorer interface too complicated. If you think about it, there is a lot of things displayed there. Then when you think of all the additional information SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM adds, it may be a bit overwhelming to new Windows/computer users.
For those people who are not very good with Windows Explorer, make a simple search like the one above, drag the middle pane down so it completely covers the lower pane, and there you go. You can even hide the tool bars via the “View” menu. Can’t get an interface much simpler!
Even better, don’t forget you can even make a shortcut on their desktop go straight to this search so all they need to do is double click on the shortcut and they are finding the files in the vault in no time!
The target for the shorcut may look something like this:
"C:\Program Files\SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM\Search.exe" /V:<vault name> /S:<Search Name> /HT /HP
As an example, here is what my shortcut looks like:
"C:\Program Files\SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM\Search.exe" /V:Production /S:Simple /HT /HP
The “HT” and “HP” switches at the end, hide the preview and tree panes for you automatically!