File Explorer Interface

When you log in to a vault, the SOLIDWORKS PDM user interface is integrated with Windows File Explorer, with added menu options, ribbon control, toolbar buttons, and dialog boxes.

The navigation pane on the left lets you browse vaults and folders.

The Windows File Explorer ribbon control and SOLIDWORKS PDM menu bar give you access to commands and features that are available for vault files or folders you select in the right pane.

Display menu options let you choose which of three right pane views is displayed.

Show Files Lists vault folders and files in the upper section of the right pane.

This is the default view, also known as File View.

Tabs in the lower section of the right pane let you preview files and display file details like data cards and version information.

Show Bills of Materials Lists named Bills of Materials (BOMs) and activated computed BOMs in the current folder.

The lower section of the pane displays BOM information for the selected BOM.

Show Search Results Opens the search card that was used most recently in the current folder.

The center section of the right pane lists the results.

Tabs in the lower section of the pane let you view information about files you select in the results list.

To change the right pane view, click Display and select the view to display.