Hide Table of Contents

Copy and Move Functions

You can use standard Windows techniques to move files and folders into the vault. The SOLIDWORKS PDM copy and move operations help to ensure the integrity of the vault.

SOLIDWORKS PDM handles copy and move functions as follows:

  • Copied and moved files are checked out to you.
  • The version of the file in your working directory is copied; if not available in your working directory, the latest version of the file is copied from the archive.
  • Changes being made to a file checked out to another user are not included in the copy.
  • Copied files are assigned to their initial state in the workflow. Moved files retain their pre-moved state.
  • If a file you are moving is referenced by other files, a dialog box displays the referenced files and asks you to confirm that the referenced search path should be updated automatically.
  • To move files in the vault, you must have move permission for the source folder and add or rename permission for the target folder.
The numeric extension on Pro/ENGINEER files is removed when the files are added to the vault. If you drag and drop a Pro/ENGINEER file into the vault from a directory with multiple versions of the file that are differentiated by extension, the file with the latest extension is added.

Provide feedback on this topic

SOLIDWORKS welcomes your feedback concerning the presentation, accuracy, and thoroughness of the documentation. Use the form below to send your comments and suggestions about this topic directly to our documentation team. The documentation team cannot answer technical support questions. Click here for information about technical support.

* Required

Subject:   Feedback on Help Topics
Page:   Copy and Move Functions
*   I acknowledge I have read and I hereby accept the privacy policy under which my Personal Data will be used by Dassault Systèmes

Print Topic

Select the scope of content to print:


We have detected you are using a browser version older than Internet Explorer 7. For optimized display, we suggest upgrading your browser to Internet Explorer 7 or newer.

 Never show this message again

Web Help Content Version: SOLIDWORKS PDM 2017 SP05

To disable Web help from within SOLIDWORKS and use local help instead, click Help > Use SOLIDWORKS Web Help.

To report problems encountered with the Web help interface and search, contact your local support representative. To provide feedback on individual help topics, use the “Feedback on this topic” link on the individual topic page.