Hide Table of Contents

Indexing the Vault (For SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional only)

When you index a vault archive, the search tool can use the content search option to search a document’s contents or properties.

For example, you can search for all documents containing the word “product,” or you can search for all Microsoft Office documents written by a specific author.

SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional content search uses the Microsoft Indexing Service or Windows Search Service to create a catalog for each indexed file vault. The catalog contains index information and stored properties for all versions of all documents in the file vault archive folders.

The Indexing Service periodically scans the vault archive folders and extracts the content using filter components. Microsoft Indexing Service supplies filters for Microsoft Office files, HTML files, MIME messages, and plain-text files. You can install other document filters for content search in, for example, PDF files.

The indexing process creates a catalog with a master index that stores words and their locations within a set of indexed documents. SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional content search queries the catalogs for word combinations using the master index as well as word lists and shadow indexes to execute content searches.

Provide feedback on this topic

SOLIDWORKS welcomes your feedback concerning the presentation, accuracy, and thoroughness of the documentation. Use the form below to send your comments and suggestions about this topic directly to our documentation team. The documentation team cannot answer technical support questions. Click here for information about technical support.

* Required

Subject:   Feedback on Help Topics
Page:   Indexing the Vault (For SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional only)
*   I acknowledge I have read and I hereby accept the privacy policy under which my Personal Data will be used by Dassault Systèmes

Print Topic

Select the scope of content to print:


We have detected you are using a browser version older than Internet Explorer 7. For optimized display, we suggest upgrading your browser to Internet Explorer 7 or newer.

 Never show this message again

Web Help Content Version: SOLIDWORKS PDM 2016 SP05

To disable Web help from within SOLIDWORKS and use local help instead, click Help > Use SOLIDWORKS Web Help.

To report problems encountered with the Web help interface and search, contact your local support representative. To provide feedback on individual help topics, use the “Feedback on this topic” link on the individual topic page.