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Classification management

The Classifications allow you to define the groups (classes and sub-classes) in which electrical elements are stored. Generally, they are sorted by their electrical function or by common characteristics.


The Classification management is common to several types of electrical elements:

 - Components (Symbols and manufacturer parts use the same Classification)

 - Cable references

 - Macros

 - Title blocks


The features can be different according to the Classification you want to manage. For example, on the Components, you can manage User data, associate 3D part, and 2D footprint but not on Title block classifications.

In each Classification, you can find Classes and Sub-classes.

You can find two types of classes; the System classes which cannot be deleted and the User classes which can be managed (created, edited and deleted) by the user.


Menu: Library > Classification management


A drop-down list (different types of Classification) allows you to select the Classification corresponding to the classes you want to display.

The left part of the dialog box displays in a tree structure; the list of the classes and subclasses. The right part shows the subclasses contained in the selected class.


New class: Allows you to create a new class (if you have selected the Classification level) or a new sub-class (if you have selected a Class level).

Delete: Removes the selected Classes or sub-classes. When you deleted a class containing sub-classes, these are automatically deleted. The objects (symbols, manufacturer parts...) assigned to the deleted class are assigned to the class of the superior level or "Unclassed elements" class.

Properties: Opens the Properties dialog box of the selected Class or Classification, allowing to edit its properties. For the Component classes, you can also assign a root, a user data file, a 3D part, a 2D footprint and a connection label by default.

Customize: Allows you to customize the user data and translatable data assigned to a Class or a Sub-class.

Cut: Places a copy of the selected class on the SOLIDWORKS Electrical clipboard and deletes the originals.

You can also use the shortcut: [Ctrl] + [X]

Copy: Places a copy of the selected class on the SOLIDWORKS Electrical clipboard and keeps the originals. The Copy command can be used also to copy the selected element list to another application such as Excel (List mode only).

You can also use the shortcut: [Ctrl] + [C]

Paste: Pastes the class present on the SOLIDWORKS Electrical clipboard. A new class is created.

You can also use the shortcut: [Ctrl] + [V]

Select all: Allows you to select all the classes displayed on the right-hand side of the Classification management.

Configuration: Allows you to manage the display settings for items in the dialog box.


Display sub-classes content: When the box is checked, it displays all the sub-classes contained in the selected classification or class.


You can export the classification list to another application. On the right part of the dialog box, select the classes you want to export and strike [Ctrl] + [C] keys to copy them in the computer clipboard. In your application strike [Ctrl] + [V] to paste them.

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