The Item Explorer operations you can perform on items, files, and folders are controlled by SOLIDWORKS PDM permissions.

Your SOLIDWORKS PDM administrator can grant or deny permissions to individual users or groups. Permissions can be global or specific to folders or files.

SOLIDWORKS PDM has the following permission types:
  • Administrative permissions control access to Administration tool features, such as managing users, data cards, and workflows. Even if you have no administrative permissions, you can use the Administration tool to change passwords and user settings (see SOLIDWORKS PDM Administration Tool Help).
  • Folder permissions control access to individual folders in the vault. For example, an administrator can grant engineers full write access (check out, delete, and so on) to an Engineering folder but grant only read access to a Marketing folder.
  • File permissions control access to specific files. Users granted the required right by the administrator can set permissions from the File Permissions tab of the Properties dialog box to control whether other users can see individual files.
  • State permissions control access to items and files in a given workflow state. For example, to check out an item in a given state, you need both folder and state permissions.
  • Transition permissions determine who can move items and files from one workflow state to another.

Item Explorer Help assumes you have full permissions. If you do not have access to a command that you need, contact your administrator. See SOLIDWORKS PDM Administration Tool Help for details on permissions.

Permissions for files also apply to items even if the permission name is file-specific. For example, Delete file controls whether you can delete items.