Opening a SolidWorks Document from Windows Explorer
You can preview and open a part, drawing, or assembly document directly from Microsoft Explorer.
To view the part, drawing, or assembly without opening the document:
Right-click the name of the part, drawing, or assembly in Windows Explorer, and select Quick View.
Quick View displays the part in a SolidWorks Viewer window.
You can also view thumbnail images of SolidWorks parts and assemblies in the Explorer as well as in the File, Open and File, Save As dialog boxes. The graphic is based on the view orientation of the model when the document was last saved. To enable this functionality, click Tools, Options. On the System Options tab, click General, and select the Show thumbnail graphics in Windows Explorer check box. See General System Options .
To open a part, a drawing, or an assembly from Explorer, do one of the following:
ˇ Double-click the name of the part, drawing, or assembly document in Explorer.
ˇ Right-click the name of the part, drawing, or assembly document in Explorer and select Open from the shortcut menu.
ˇ Drag and drop any SolidWorks document from Explorer into an empty area of the SolidWorks window, not occupied by another document window.
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