You can load compatible applications into your SOLIDWORKS software, for the current session or at the next startup, or both. The add-in applications must be installed on your computer.

You can also load SOLIDWORKS add-ins from the Office Products tab of the CommandManager. This loads the add-in for the current session only.

To use other applications with SOLIDWORKS:

  1. Click Tools > Add-Ins.
  2. Select or clear applications under Active Add-ins or under Start Up.
    Selecting the check box under Active Add-ins loads the application for the current session. Selecting the check box under Start Up loads the application for every session.
  3. Click OK.
    Most add-in applications provide additional user interface elements such as CommandManager tabs, Manager Pane tabs, Task Pane tabs, menus, and toolbars.