Task Pane

The Task Pane lets you access SOLIDWORKS resources, libraries of reusable design elements, views to drag onto drawing sheets, and other useful items and information.

The Task Pane appears when you open SOLIDWORKS. It contains the following tabs:

SOLIDWORKS Resources Groups of commands for SOLIDWORKS Tools, Online Resources, and Subscription Services, plus a link to the Welcome dialog box.
Design Library Access the Design Library, Toolbox, and SOLIDWORKS Content for a wide variety of standard parts, library features, and other reusable content.
File Explorer Duplicate of File Explorer on your computer, plus an Open in SOLIDWORKS folder. If SOLIDWORKS PDM is added in, the tab changes to .
View Palette Images of standard views, annotation views, section views, and flat patterns (sheet metal parts) to drag onto a drawing sheet.
Appearances, Scenes, and Decals Library of appearances, scenes, and decals.
Custom Properties In a customized interface that you create using the Property Tab Builder, enter custom properties in SOLIDWORKS files.
3DEXPERIENCE Marketplace Access PartSupply, Make, and Engineering services. You can enable or disable the add-in from Tools > Add-ins.

If you use the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, you can access Marketplace services in the 3DEXPERIENCE Task Pane. The Marketplace add-in does not apply.

Compare Use Compare to compare two documents or two configurations of the same document.
Search Results of search operations.

You can drag documents from the File Explorer tab and the Design Library tab into the graphics area, and from the graphics area or FeatureManager design tree into the Design Library.