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Search Method Comparison

Use this table to determine the best search method to meet your needs.

SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM Search tool Embedded search
Supports searches for:
  • Files and folders
  • Users
  • Items
Supports search for files and folders.
Separate interface. Embedded in Windows Explorer and other file-based dialog boxes such as Open and Search.
Lets you choose the vault to search and search multiple vaults. Search is performed in the vault from which you initiate it.
Supports creating and deleting Favorite searches. Supports creating Favorite searches.

Use the SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM Search tool to delete Favorite searches.

All commands are available on the toolbar, Search and Edit menus and file shortcut menu.

These include the following commands that are not available in an embedded search:

  • Open search result

    Opens an Excel spreadsheet containing the search results.

  • Save search result

    Saves search results as a comman separated file.

  • Print files

    Prints the selected files.

  • Help

    Provides field level help for search forms.

Commands are available on the Enterprise PDM menu bar, Windows Explorer toolbar, and file shortcut menu.

These include the following command that is not available in the Enterprise PDM Search tool:

  • Browse to

    Changes the focus of Windows Explorer to the folder containing the selected file and closes the search.

   


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