SOLIDWORKS 2015 – Displaying SOLIDWORKS File Version in Windows Explorer

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Have you ever gone to open a file in SOLIDWORKS only to find out it's from the wrong version? For example, trying to open a SOLIDWORKS 2015 file in SOLIDWORKS 2014.

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Well fret no more my friends! With just a few clicks, you will never be left in the dark again.

In the folder below I have two files:
Logo.SLDPRT was created in SOLIDWORKS 2015
Trademark.SLDPRT was created in SOLIDWORKS 2014.

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Currently in my folder view, there is no information indicating which version they are from.

The first thing I am going to do is change my folder view from a list to a detail view.

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Now we have so information displayed about our parts: Date Modified, Type, Size, Etc.
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We can add different property columns by right clicking on one of the existing column headers and selecting More…
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There is now a huge list of properties for all sorts of data, but the one we want is SW Last saved with. Put a check in the box and click OK.
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Now we have a new column that tells us which version of SOLIDWORKS last modified the file!

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So if I open Trademark in 2015 and save it. It now shows as a 2015 file.
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How neat is that?

Cheers,

Christian A Maldonado, CSWE
Computer Aided Technology, Inc.