Join Gabriel Corbett for an in-depth discussion in this video Renaming files, part of SOLIDWORKS: Tips & Tricks.
- [Instructor] In this week's example I'm going to be showing you an easy way to rename SOLIDWORKS files. Now, I have a comparison here between Windows Explorer over here on the right and SOLIDWORKS Explorer over here on the left, and both of these programs are very similar. They allow us to view through our documents, we can rename things, we can move things around, but SOLIDWORKS Explorer has a few extra powerful tools built into it, which allows us to rename things, which will then automatically update the links of where those are, which will automatically update the, which will automatically update the links of where those parts or assemblers are used.
Now let me show you the problem first. So, over here in Windows Explorer, I'm going to go ahead and change one of these files. So here's my assembly, and these are the individual files inside of that. Let's go down to this part right here, click on the name, and just add test to the end of it. So, now we've changed the name inside of Windows Explorer. So now we've changed the name inside of Windows Explorer and obviously that's very easy to do, and you can see at the.
So obviously that's very easy to do, but that causes more problems down the road. So I want to go ahead and open up this assembly here so let's go ahead and click on that. Let's go ahead and close this window down right here, and I say, hey, I'm unable to now locate this file that I was looking for, because that file name's been changed. So, it's going to go ahead and automatically suppress that. So here it is, it's suppressed, it's looking for 8.2-3, it couldn't find it, it's going to.
It's looking for 8.2-3, it can't find it and it's just going to go ahead and just suppress it until it can find it again. So that's really not what we want to do. So let's go ahead and close out of this, don't save anything, and then jump back over to Windows and File Explorer, so bring that back up, there it is. Alright, so now let's go ahead. Alright, so now let's go ahead and change this name back to what it was, so let's go ahead and get rid of that test at the end, then try it again.
And close that down. And there you can see it's automatically found that part I was looking for, because it's looking specifically for a file name, and that's really important to understand inside of SOLIDWORKS, is it's very file name specific. So if you save it as something, then bring it into an assembly, it's always going to be looking for that file name, so, it's always going to be looking for that file name so make sure, when you start an assembly or start building parts, try naming them the right names in the beginning, and that'll save you a lot of time.
But if you don't have that ability, SOLIDWORKS Explorer will help us out. Let's jump back over to SOLIDWORKS Explorer, wait, before we do that, back up here, let's go ahead and close his one out. Alright, now we're in SOLIDWORKS Explorer here. Okay, so Windows Explorer on the right, SOLIDWORKS Explorer on the left, now I want to do exactly the same thing, so this part here, 8.2-3, here it is right here, click on that one, you can see here's a prime example of it.
If I right click on it and I say, Rename, it's going to search for everywhere that file or that part is used. Now you might not want to change its name everywhere, because sometimes it'll give you a huge list here of that part being used in a whole bunch of different assemblies, and it might only want to be. And, you might not only want to change that name in your specific assembly or in your specific folder, so make sure you double check and read through these names here to make sure you're not changing the part that's used in another assembly or maybe a copy of an assembly, so double check which names are going to be listed, you only have one here, so that's okay, and then go ahead and just change that name.
So let's go ahead and append test at the end, and click on OK. Notice that automatically changes and it also updates this assembly here, which is going to be looking for that part. So now, if I go ahead and click on it here, or over here, either way, doesn't really matter, double click it, open up inside of SOLIDWORKS and close this down, and now you can see it automatically found that part. Let's go ahead and refresh, you can see there the new name, and everything works just fine.
So, take a look at SOLIDWORKS Explorer, it's a very powerful tool, it allows us to rename files very easily, let me go ahead and just bring that up real quick, expand it out, and you can see here I can easily click on a name, click on an assembly, obviously it gives you a preview here, and I can right click on any one of these things and say either Rename, Replace, or Move, or you can do a Pack and Go. So pretty handy thing, like also. So there's a.
Rephrasing that whole last section. So as you can see, we have a whole bunch of powerful tools here, I can locate it in the Tree, I can do a Pack and Go, I can do a Rename, Replace, or Move, I've got a whole bunch of different options here to change this name or where it's located, so definitely take a look at SOLIDWORKS Explorer for an easy way to change and update files and make sure, don't be changing those file names inside of Windows Explorer, 'cause it's just going to cause trouble for you down the road. Thanks so much for watching and check back next week.