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Opens existing part, drawing, or assembly documents and imports files from other applications.

To open existing part, assembly, or drawing documents:

  1. Click Open (Standard toolbar) or File, Open, or press Ctrl+O.

You can open existing drawings from inside part and assembly documents. Right-click the top item in the FeatureManager design tree or anywhere on the model in the graphics area and select Open Drawing. SolidWorks looks for a drawing with the same name as the model, in the same folder as the model. If the drawing exists, it opens automatically. If such a drawing is not found, a browse window appears so you can locate a drawing manually.

  1. In the dialog box, select a file type in Files of type.

  2. Browse to select a document or documents.

Text appears in the Description field if a description exists in the document properties or was added when the document was saved.

  1. Select from the following options:

    • Down arrow (next to the Open button):

      • Open as Read-Only. Allows another user to have write access to the document while you have the document open. You cannot save or change the part in Read-Only mode.

      • Add to Favorites. Creates a shortcut to the selected document in your Favorites folder.

    • Thumbnail.

Select a configuration name in Configurations to see a preview of a specific configuration. If the configuration is not previewed, open the document and save it with each configuration selected. The next time you open the document, the configurations are displayed.

  • Display States. (Parts and Assemblies). Select a linked display state for Selective open.

  • Advanced. (Configurations option). Opens the Configure Document dialog box (assemblies only).

  • View-Only. Opens the part document only for viewing. (Only documents saved in SolidWorks 98 or later can be opened in View-Only mode.) In part and assembly documents, you can change to edit mode by right-clicking in the graphics area and selecting Edit.

  • Lightweight. Opens drawing and assembly documents with lightweight parts.

  • Large Assembly Mode. Opens the assembly model or assembly drawing in Large Assembly Mode. Available only when you select an assembly whose number of components exceeds the threshold specified under Large Assemblies in Tools, Options, System Options, Assemblies.

  • References. Displays a list of the documents referenced by the currently selected assembly or drawing. You can edit the locations of the listed files.

  • Options. Import options are available for certain types of files (IGES or STL, for example). The button appears if the selected type of file has import options.

  • Quick view. Opens a simplified representation of the drawing. For multi-sheet drawings, you can open one or more sheets in Quick view.

  • Quick view / Selective open.

  1. Click Open to open the document, or double-click the configuration name under Configurations to open a specified configuration of the document.

 When opening files from a previous release of SolidWorks, the files may open slowly. SolidWorks Task Scheduler converts files so they open more rapidly.  

When you open a drawing of a large assembly, you are prompted with the option to open the drawing in Large Assembly Mode.

Large documents open in multi-threaded retrieval mode.

You can also open documents directly from Windows Explorer.

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