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Cable reference management

All of the cable references are stored in a single database. They are classified and have several criteria to allow for easy searches.


Menu: Library > Cable reference management


When the command is launched, the cable reference management dialog box opens.


The Classification tab in the left-hand side of the dialog box displays the list of Classes, the first criteria for the classification of the references. The Filters tab allows you to search for a reference in order to modify its properties, for example.

The right-hand side of the dialog box displays the list of references contained in the selected class or the list of cables satisfying the filter criteria.


Some of these features accept the multi-selection, such as Delete or Properties.


New reference: To add a new cable reference, select a Class on the left-hand side of the Cable reference management and click the New reference icon. You can also select a cable reference (right-hand side of the Cable reference management) when creating a new reference. This reference will automatically receive the characteristics of the selected reference.

The reference properties dialog box opens, allowing you to modify it.

Multiple insertion: This command is similar to the New reference command, the difference being that the properties dialog box does not close on validation, but asks you if you want to create another new reference.

Import: Allows you to import a customized list of references in order to integrate them into the catalogs.

Delete: Allows you to delete the selected references.

Properties: Opens the Properties dialog box of the selected cable references. If you select several cable references, the Properties dialog box displays only the common properties.

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

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

Copy: Places a copy of the selected references 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 reference present on the SOLIDWORKS Electrical clipboard. A new reference is created.

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

Select all: Allows you to select all of the references displayed on the right-hand side of the Cable reference management.

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

Archive: Select the references you want to archive and click the Archive icon.

A dialog box opens, allowing you to save the archive file.

Unarchive: A file selection dialog box opens where you can select a TEWZIP file for unarchiving. The Update data wizard will open automatically. Refer to the Archive / Unarchive chapter for more information.

Electrical content portal: Used to access downloads of archived files from Electrical Content Portal. These files include the latest reference updates. The cable references are grouped by the manufacturer in a catalog with the manufacturer's name. Not all of the cable references are in the catalog. The downloaded files are automatically unarchived.

Update subscription: Allows you to check if your subscription is available. The subscription is mandatory to access to Electrical Content Portal.

Classification management: Allows you to manage the different classes in which the cables are stored.



Language: Allows you to change the language of the description.

Dimension units: Select in the list the unit system you want to use for dimensioning the cables.

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