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Toolbox Favorites

The Toolbox Favorites folder is a local folder where you can store shortcuts to frequently used Toolbox components.

In the SOLIDWORKS software, the Favorites folder appears under Toolbox in the Design Library Task Pane. The content you add to the folder is stored as Windows shortcut files on your local computer.

The Toolbox Favorites folder is visible by default. To hide the folder, click Tools > Options > System Options > Hole Wizard/Toolbox and clear Display Toolbox Favorites. This does not remove your favorites - it just hides them on the Design Library Task Pane.

You can add content directly to the Favorites folder or create subfolders to organize the content. You then drag components from a Toolbox standard folder in the lower part of the Task Pane to the Favorites folder or subfolder.

You should not share favorites with other users.

To save and use Toolbox favorites:

  1. In the Task Pane, on the Design Library tab, expand Toolbox.
  2. Select the Favorites folder and click Create New Folder .
  3. Type a name for the subfolder.
    If you use standard Toolbox folder names such as Bearings or Bolts and Screws, the software displays the names with the appropriate icons. Otherwise a generic folder icon represents the folder.
    The new folder appears under the Favorites folder and is created on your local computer in C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\SOLIDWORKS\SOLIDWORKSrelease\Toolbox\Favorites.
  4. Using the Toolbox library of components, expand the standard, category, and type of component to save as a favorite.
  5. Select the component and drag it to the subfolder.
    Each favorite you save appears as a shortcut in the Favorites subfolder and in the Favorites directory on your local computer.

    If a Toolbox component is moved, deleted, or disabled, a warning flag appears on the shortcut.

    Hover over the favorite to display a tooltip that describes the problem.

  6. To use a favorite, select it in the Favorites subfolder and drag it to the graphics area, just as you would a component in one of the other Toolbox folders.

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