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Check Active Document

The Check Active Document tool is where the SolidWorks Design Checker uses the Build Checks requirements to evaluate the document.

To set file locations to search for *.swstd documents:

  1. Click Tools, Options, System Options, File Locations.

  2. Select Design Checker Files in Show folders for, then click Add to specify file locations.

To run Check Active Document:

  1. In the SolidWorks window, click Check Active Document (Design Checker flyout , Tools toolbar) or Tools, Design Checker, Check Active Document.

A Design Checker tab opens in the Task Pane.

  1. In the Design Checker task pane, you can do one of the following:

    1.  Select one or multiple drafting standards from the list of built-in standard files.

    1. Click Add Standards , browse for .swstd files, and select standard files to add.

Click Remove Standards to clear standard files, or Move Up , Move Down to reorganize them.

  1. Click Select File, to open an existing file to compare to the active document. See Check Against Existing File.

  1. Click Check Document to check the active document and display the results.

An alert appears if duplicate checks are found in multiple .swstd files. Design Checker uses the last occurrence of the check.

Design Checker evaluates the document based on the selected standard file .swstd.

Depending on the passed and failed checks, the results that appear in the Design Checker Task Pane are:

    1. A  message that your document is as per standard-


    1. A list of failed checks organized by criticality level.

To correct failed checks:

  1. Expand the individual nodes to show the Actual Value and Preferred Value(s).

  2. Select one or multiple nodes of failed checks and click Correct Selected to correct only the selected failed checks


Click Auto Correct All, to correct all failed checks for which Design Checker supports auto-correction.

Auto Correct All triggers re-validation of the active document.

 The failed checks are corrected with the values set in each of the Preferred auto correction values box.

The Correct Selected tool does not trigger re-validation of the active document You can click Recheck Document to re-validate the document.

  1. Click Close to close the tab with no change, or Save Report to create a report.

Results are saved in Microsoft Word and xml formats.

The report summarizes the failure instances according to criticality level, and lists the autocorrected parameters with their initial and corrected values.

To select a different standard file, click Settings and re-validate your document

To validate additional documents:

  1. Check the first active document and review the results.

  2. Switch to another document.

  3. Click Check Document to validate the second document using the same settings.

  4. Switch between active documents to view both result sets.

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