Bill of Materials Tab - Computed BOM

Use the Bill of Materials tab to view computed BOMs.

To display a computed BOM:

Select a SOLIDWORKS assembly or drawing. On the Bill of Materials tab, for BOM, select the BOM with the icon .


Bill of Materials (BOM) flyout BOM types available for this assembly or drawing.
BOM View flyout Controls how the BOM contents are displayed. Click the down arrow to select:

Indented (default) - Parts and subassemblies are indented from their parent assemblies in a hierarchical view.

Parts Only - Only parts are listed in a flat view. Quantities for parts referenced by more than one subassembly are accumulated.

Top-Level Only - Only top-level BOM list entries are displayed.

Tree View flyout Controls whether the tree view of the BOM is shown or hidden .


Activation Controls whether the BOM is visible in the Bill of Materials view.
Selected File Shows or hides the selected top-level file in the BOM file list.
Reference Version Indicates whether the versions of components that are displayed are the versions when the assembly was built or the latest versions of the components.


Source file (Read-only) The assembly or drawing file name.
File Version Lets you select the source file version for which to display the BOM.
Configuration Lets you select the source file configuration for which to display the BOM.


Save flyout Select Save to save the BOM, or Save As to save a named BOM.

For information about modifying computed BOMs, see Computed BOMs.

Open As CSV Opens the BOM in Excel as a comma-delimited file.
Search Searches the BOM for a text string.
Compare Changes the Bill of Materials tab layout so that you can select a second BOM to compare.
Switch View Available when the folder contains activated or named BOMs.

Lets you switch to BOM View, where the upper section of the right pane lists named and activated BOMs in the folder.

Help Access context-sensitive help.

BOM Table

An administrator configures a BOM template, which determines the columns that are displayed in the BOM table. These are the default columns.

File Name The file name of the assembly component.
Configuration A configuration name in the assembly.
Part Number The part number defined in the component.
Qty The component quantity for this configuration.
State The state of the component file in SOLIDWORKS PDM.
Description The component description from the file.
Revision The revision number of the component file in SOLIDWORKS PDM.

Shortcut Menu

Right-click in the BOM list to select a file and display the following commands:

Browse to in a New Window Opens a new Explorer window with the file you select as the selected file in the top pane of the new window.
Browse to Changes the focus in the top section of the right pane to the selected file. If the selected file is a drawing or assembly, the BOM for the file is displayed.
You can have other file commands that are based on your permissions and the customization of your file shortcut menu.
Change Thumbnail Preview Size Changes the size of thumbnail previews as Small, Medium, or Large. By default, Medium is selected.
When you select the size in one table, SOLIDWORKS PDM sets the same size in applicable tables and on tabs. The thumbnail previews for non-SOLIDWORKS files may not be clear when you select Medium or Large.