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Linking Notes to Document Properties

To automatically insert information in a drawing, you can link note text in the drawing sheet or drawing sheet format to document properties. For the procedure to add a link in a note, see Link to Property.

All SolidWorks documents have system-defined properties, including the following:

Property Name

Value

SW-Author

Author field in Summary Information dialog box

SW-Comments

Comments field in Summary Information dialog box

SW-Configuration Name

Configuration name in ConfigurationManager of part or assembly

SW-Created Date *

Created field in Summary Information dialog box

SW-File Name

document name, no extension

SW-Folder Name

document folder with backslash at the end

SW-Keywords

Keywords field in Summary Information dialog box

SW-Last Saved By

Last Saved By field in Summary Information dialog box

SW-Last Saved Date *

Last Saved field in Summary Information dialog box

SW-Long Date *

current date in long format

SW-Short Date *

current date in short format

SW-Subject

Subject field in Summary Information dialog box

SW-Title

Title field in Summary Information dialog box

* Properties that include date formats are language and region dependent. For details, see the Control Panel settings on your computer.

Additionally, drawings have the following system-defined properties:

Property Name

Value

SW-Current Sheet

sheet number of the active sheet

SW-Sheet Format Size

sheet size of the active sheet format

SW-Sheet Name

name of the active sheet

SW-Sheet Scale

scale of the active sheet

SW-Template Size

template size of the drawing template

SW-Total Sheets

total number of sheets in the active drawing document

SW-View Name

name of the active drawing view

SW-View Scale

scale of the active drawing view

You can link a note to the properties of the model shown in the drawing (the SW-File Name property, for example, or a user-defined custom property in the model document).

If the property value cannot be found, the note displays ERROR!<variable name>. To show or hide the error message, click View, Annotation Link Errors.

A linked note can include additional text, and it can include links to more than one property. For example, to display the current sheet number and the total number of sheets, you can add this note:

SHEET $PRP:"SW-Current Sheet" OF $PRP:"SW-Total Sheets"

On the sheet, the property values are displayed:

SHEET 1 OF 2 (on the first sheet of a two-sheet drawing)



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