User Interface
SolidWorks Fundamentals
Basic Concepts
SolidWorks Web Site
Opening New and Existing Documents
New SolidWorks Document
Document Templates
Creating Additional Template Tabs
Default Templates
Recent Documents and Open Documents
Opening Existing Documents
Opening Documents from Part or Assembly Windows
SolidWorks Documents in Windows Explorer
Dragging Files
Opening Auto-Recovered Documents
Close All
Saving Documents
Multi-user Environment
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Selection Overview
File Properties
Object Linking and Embedding
Industry-specific Design Tools
Recording and Playing Macros
Previous Release Interoperability
SolidWorks API
Moving from 2D to 3D
SolidWorks Costing
Design Checker
Design Studies in SolidWorks
Drawings and Detailing
Import and Export
Large Scale Design
Model Display
Mold Design
Motion Studies
Parts and Features
Sheet Metal
Sustainability Products
SolidWorks Utilities
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Document Templates

Templates are part, drawing, and assembly documents that include user-defined parameters and are the basis for new documents.

You can maintain many different document templates. For example, you can create:

  • A document template using millimeters and another template using inches

  • A document template using ANSI and another template using ISO dimensioning standard

  • A template for detached drawings

You can organize and access your document templates by placing them on different tabs in the Advanced display of the New SolidWorks Document dialog box.

Templates can include settings for such Document Properties as:

  • grid spacing

  • extension line and break line gap

  • balloon bent leader length

  • text scale and text display size

  • material density

To create a template:

  1. Click New art\NEWFILE.gif (Standard toolbar) or File, New.

  2. Double-click the type of template that you want to create: Part, Assembly, or Drawing.

  3. Click Options (Standard toolbar) or Tools, Options.

  4. On the Document Properties tab, select options to customize your new document template, then click OK.

    Only options on the Document Properties tab are saved in a document template.

  5. Click File, Save As.

  6. Select a template type for Save as type:

  • Part Templates (*.prtdot)

  • Assembly Templates (*.asmdot)

  • Drawing Templates (*.drwdot)

  1. Type a name for File name.

  2. Browse to a folder, then click Save.

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