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GetPreviewBitmap Method (ISldWorks)

Gets the preview bitmap (.bmp) for the specified configuration, regardless if the SOLIDWORKS document is open or closed.

.NET Syntax

Visual Basic (Declaration) 
Function GetPreviewBitmap( _
   ByVal FilePathName As System.String, _
   ByVal ConfigName As System.String _
) As System.Object
Visual Basic (Usage) 
Dim instance As ISldWorks
Dim FilePathName As System.String
Dim ConfigName As System.String
Dim value As System.Object
value = instance.GetPreviewBitmap(FilePathName, ConfigName)
System.object GetPreviewBitmap( 
   System.string FilePathName,
   System.string ConfigName
System.Object^ GetPreviewBitmap( 
&   System.String^ FilePathName,
&   System.String^ ConfigName



Path and file name of the SOLIDWORKS document


Name of the configuration

Return Value

Dispatch pointer to IPictureDisp interface, the preview bitmap (.bmp) (see Remarks)



The preview bitmap is the bitmap (.bmp) that appears in the Preview box on the Open dialog.



  • Currently only in-process applications (that is, macros or add-ins) can use this method; out-of-process applications (that is, executables) will get an automation error because the IPictureDisp interface cannot be marshalled across process boundaries. This is a Microsoft behavior by design. See the Microsoft Knowledge Base for details.
  • This method is not supported in macros or out-of-process applications in SOLIDWORKS x64.

See Also


SOLIDWORKS 2003 SP1, Revision Number 11.1

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