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Enterprise PDM searches help you locate files, folders, and metadata like users and items in the vault.

There are two search methods:

  • Embedded searches let you search for files and folders from within Windows Explorer and standard file-based dialog boxes such as Open and Save As.

    An embedded search opens directly in Windows Explorer.

    See Search View.

  • The SolidWorks Enterprise PDM Search tool lets you search for non-file data for users and items, as well as for files and folders.

    It opens in a separate window.

    See SolidWorks Enterprise PDM Search Interface.

Both search types are based on search cards. Enterprise PDM provides preconfigured search cards and your administrator may create custom search cards.

The searches available to you depend on how Enterprise PDM is installed, how the vaults you access were created, your permissions, and whether your administrator has created additional search cards.

Most users have access to:
  • Complete Search

    Returns a list of files and folders based on search criteria you enter.

  • Show Users

    Searches vault meta data to return information about users.

If Item Explorer is installed and Items are enabled for the vault, you can also access vault meta data using:
  • Item Complete Search
  • Item Property Search
  • Item Quick Search

With either search method, you can store search criteria and results as Favorites.

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