SOLIDWORKS Settings Wizard

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

You can start the SOLIDWORKS Settings Wizard from Tools > Save/Restore Settings in SOLIDWORKS or, from the Windows Start menu, click SOLIDWORKS Tools version > SOLIDWORKS Settings Wizard version.
Selecting Tools > Save/Restore Settings runs the SOLIDWORKS Settings Wizard in a special mode that allows SOLIDWORKS to remain up and running, while you save or restore your current user settings.

When you select options for SOLIDWORKS, those settings are saved in a registry file, and SOLIDWORKS recognizes the settings from one release to the next. For most users, no action is required to maintain their settings. However, you can use the SOLIDWORKS 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 the settings to a file and then restore the settings 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 SOLIDWORKS.

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 Installation and Administration Help.