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File > Publish to eDrawings

When publishing to eDrawings a SOLIDWORKS part or assembly that has multiple configurations, you can select which configurations to save and whether to create and attach STEP files for them in the Save Configurations to eDrawings file dialog.

To display the dialog:

Click Publish to eDrawings on the Standard toolbar.

 - or -

Select File > Publish to eDrawings.

- or -

  1. Click File > Save As.
  2. In Save as type, select eDrawings.
  3. Click Save.




Get/Set Methods

Return Value


Configurations to save


ISldWorks::SetUserPreferenceStringListValue(swUserPreferenceStringListValue_e.swEmodelSelectionList, <Value>)

String value

Multiple strings must be separated by new line characters (vbNewLine or VbLf in Visual Basic, \n in Visual C++).

If you specify Configurations with STEP file attachments, you must specify at least one configuration to save the eDrawings data.


Attachment option



ISldWorks::SetUserPreferenceIntegerValue(swUserPreferenceIntegerValue_e.swEdrawingsAttachmentOption, swEdrawingsAttachmentOption_e.<Value>)


Integer value as defined in swEdrawingsAttachmentOption_e



Selected configurations for which to create and attach STEP files


ISldWorks::SetUserPreferenceStringListValue(swUserPreferenceStringListValue_e.swEmodelAttachmentList, <Value>)

String value

Valid only if Attachment option is set to swEdrawingsAttachmentOption_e.swEDrawingsAttachSelected.

Multiple strings must be separated by new line characters (vbNewLine or VbLf in Visual Basic, \n in Visual C++).

You can include a STEP attachment for any of the available configurations in the file. Including a STEP attachment is independent of including the eDrawings data for each configuration as long as you select at least one configuration for publishing the eDrawings data in Configurations to save.

Create and attach STEP file of type


ISldWorks::SetUserPreferenceIntegerValue(swUserPreferenceIntegerValue_e.swEdrawingsAttachmentType, swEdrawingsAttachmentType_e.<Value>)

Integer value as defined in swEdrawingsAttachmentType_e

Valid only if Attachment option is not set to swEdrawingsAttachmentOption_e.swEDrawingsAttachNone. Sets the type of STEP file to attach. Supported STEP formats are STEP AP203 and STEP AP214. If you have a SOLIDWORKS MBD license, you can also attach STEP AP242 files which support Product and Manufacturing Information (PMI).


See Comment.

See Comment.

See System Options > Export > EDRW/EPRT/EASM.

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