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Document Templates

Templates are part, drawing, and assembly documents that include user-defined parameters and are the basis for new documents.

You can maintain many different document templates. For example, you can create:

  • A document template using millimeters and another template using inches

  • A document template using ANSI and another template using ISO dimensioning standard

  • A template for detached drawings

You can organize and access your document templates by placing them on different tabs in the Advanced display of the New SolidWorks Document dialog box.

Templates can include settings for such Document Properties as:

  • grid spacing

  • extension line and break line gap

  • balloon bent leader length

  • text scale and text display size

  • material density

To create a template:

  1. Click New art\NEWFILE.gif (Standard toolbar) or File, New.

  2. Double-click the type of template that you want to create: Part, Assembly, or Drawing.

  3. Click Options (Standard toolbar) or Tools, Options.

  4. On the Document Properties tab, select options to customize your new document template, then click OK.

    Only options on the Document Properties tab are saved in a document template.

  5. Click File, Save As.

  6. Select a template type for Save as type:

  • Part Templates (*.prtdot)

  • Assembly Templates (*.asmdot)

  • Drawing Templates (*.drwdot)

  1. Type a name for File name.

  2. Browse to a folder, then click Save.

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