When you see this symbol in an open SOLIDWORKS file, you know that it is from an older version.
Maybe it is something you created long ago, or maybe you got it from a vendor or customer who is on a version older than the one you are using. Either way, that is all that tells you. But what if you want to know what version the file was last saved in? Here, we will look at a couple of the different ways you can quickly find out.
First, inside of the SOLIDWORKS file, after clicking on the File Properties, at the bottom of the Summary tab, you can see the version the file was last saved with.
That is all well and good, but maybe you do not want to open SOLIDWORKS just to find this out. This can also be done. In File Explorer, simply right click on the file and choose Properties. On the Details tab, you can see the SW Last saved with version.
Also, as seen in the picture above, this can be added as a column in File Explorer if need be, for quicker viewing or sorting. And for those using PDM, it is also possible to get access to this information as well.
One last thing to note; this does not work looking at future versions. All you will see is ‘FUTURE VERSION’ instead of the year.
Hopefully you found this tip beneficial. If you have any questions, please reach out to us at our Computer Aided Technology contact page.
Sr. Application Engineer
Computer Aided Technology, Inc.