Copy Settings Wizard

The Copy Settings Wizard saves, restores, and propagates system settings to users, computers, or profiles.

You can launch the Copy Settings Wizard from Tools > Save/Restore Settings in the SOLIDWORKS software or click Start > ALL PROGRAMS > SOLIDWORKS > SOLIDWORKS TOOLS > Copy Settings Wizard .
Selecting Tools > Save/Restore Settings runs the Copy Settings Wizard in a special mode which allows the SOLIDWORKS software to remain up and running, while you save or restore your current user settings.

When you select options for the SOLIDWORKS software, those settings are saved in a registry file, and the software recognizes the settings from one release of SOLIDWORKS to the next. For most users, no action is necessary to maintain their settings. However, you can use the Copy Settings Wizard to distribute settings.

You can save or restore system settings for:

  • System options
  • Toolbar layout (All toolbars or Macro toolbar only)
  • Keyboard shortcuts
  • Mouse gestures
  • Menu customization
  • Saved views

You save settings to a file and then restore them to the following registries:

Profile Registry
Current user CURRENT_USER of current user
One or more network computers LOCAL_MACHINE of selected computers
One or more roaming user profiles CURRENT_USER of selected users
Only system administrators should copy settings to network computers or roaming user profiles. When you restore settings to network computers, the settings apply to new SOLIDWORKS users on the specified computers. You can restore settings to roaming user profiles only if your company uses roaming user profiles.

To prevent users from changing those options, you can use the Settings Administrator Tool to set system options that are applied when deploying or upgrading the SOLIDWORKS software.

The Settings Administrator Tool is installed with a SOLIDWORKS administrative image. You can run the tool from the location where you stored the image. For more information, see the Installation and Administration Help.