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Storing Custom Profiles in a Separate Folder Structure

If you want to store your profiles in a separate location, you can create a separate folder structure, and then specify it as a weldment profile file location.

To store custom profiles in a separate location:

  1. In Windows Explorer, create a custom folder structure for your weldment profiles. Create a home folder, one or more standard folders, and one or more type folders, as described in Weldments - File Location for Custom Profiles.
    You can create the home folder anywhere you want. For example, you can create it in install_dir\data (where the default weldment profiles folder is located), or in other locations on your hard drive, on different disk drives on your system, or on different computers on a network.
  2. In SOLIDWORKS, click Tools > Options > System Options > File Locations . Select Weldment Profiles in Show folders for.
    The current directory path for weldment profiles appears under Folders.
  3. Click Add and browse to the home folder you just created.
  4. Click OK.
    The directory path to home is added to the Folders list.
  5. Do one of the following with the previous directory path, which is still listed in Folders:
    • Leave the previous directory path as is, and click OK.

      Files from both the previous directory path and the new directory path appear as selections in the PropertyManager.

    • Click the previous directory path, click Delete, then click OK.

      The previous directory path is deleted from the Folders box, and files from the previous directory path do not appear as selections in the PropertyManager.

    The next time you create a weldment structural member, your custom profiles appear as selections in the Structural Member PropertyManager.

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