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Dragging Files

  • Drag a part or assembly from Windows Explorer or the File Explorer tab in the Task Pane to an open SolidWorks assembly window to add an instance of the part or sub-assembly to the assembly.

  • Drag a part or assembly from Windows Explorer or the File Explorer tab in the Task Pane to an open and empty SolidWorks drawing document to create a Standard 3 View drawing of the part or assembly.

  • Drag a zipped (.zip) file into an empty SolidWorks window, or an empty area of an open SolidWorks document.

The SolidWorks software opens the zipped files based on where you drop the zipped file. For example, if you drag a .zip file that contains several models into an empty SolidWorks window, each model opens in its own window.

The .zip file can contain any file type supported by the SolidWorks software. If the .zip file contains several SolidWorks files and an imported file, such as an .igs file, the .igs file opens in a separate window.

If the .zip file contains models that are not on your local computer (if you dragged the .zip file from the Internet), the Browse For Folder dialog box appears for you to download the .zip file to a location on your local computer.

  • Drag hyperlinked SolidWorks part files from Internet Explorer, version 4.0 or later, to:

    • the Design Library tab in the Task Pane

    • a new, empty part document

    • an empty area of a SolidWorks window

    • a drawing or assembly document

If you drop the file into a drawing or an assembly, you are prompted to name the new file on your local disk.

  • Drag between open documents. Drag a part name from the FeatureManager design tree of an open part file to insert it into an open assembly document.

  • Drag a part or assembly name from the FeatureManager design tree to a drawing document.

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