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How to copy settings to use on another computer

Many people work on multiple computers. Others have multiple users on the same computer. How do you move to another computer and load your interface easily? There’s really not a whole lot to it when you use the SolidWorks Copy Settings Wizard. Just a few clicks and you’re done.

The first step is to save your settings so you can use them whenever you need them. To do this, make sure that SolidWorks is closed. Then, click on the Windows Start button and pick All Programs – SolidWorks Install Folder – SolidWorks Tools – Copy Settings Wizard.

In the SolidWorks Copy Settings Wizard dialog box, click the Save Settings button and then click Next.

SolidWorks Copy Settings Wizard

In the SolidWorks Copy Settings Wizard dialog box, click the Browse button and pick a location and a name for your saved settings file (NeilsSettings.sldreg) and click Save. It may be helpful to save the file on a network drive that you can easily access from any computer. Under Select which settings to save to file, make sure that all four check boxes are checked and the All toolbars radio button is selected. This will save all of the settings.

Select which settings to save to file

Click Finish. A dialog box will appear, confirming that the settings have been copied successfully to the NeilsSettings.sldreg file, and it is saved to the SolidWorks Files folder.

My Settings.sldreg

Click OK. Now that your settings are saved, you can copy them to any computer by restoring the saved settings. This can be done at any time on any computer. This technique is great if you want to use someone else’s computer for a short time and then return it back to the way they had it.

To load your settings on a computer, make sure that SolidWorks is closed. Click on the Windows Start button and pick All Programs – SolidWorks Install Folder – SolidWorks Tools – Copy Settings Wizard. Before you load your settings, it is a good idea to save the current settings on this computer so that you can reset SolidWorks to its current state when you are done. The SolidWorks Copy Settings Wizard provides an easier, convenient way of doing this when you load your settings. So, for now, just go to the next step to load your settings.

In the SolidWorks Copy Settings Wizard dialog box, click the Restore Settings button and click Next.

Restore Settings

In the SolidWorks Copy Settings Wizard dialog box, browse to the settings file that you want to use to restore the settings (NeilsSettings.sldreg). Under Select which settings to restore from the file, make sure that all four check boxes are checked. If you did not have any keyboard shortcuts, it will be grayed out. Or, if you just want to load your keyboard shortcuts and change nothing else, you would only check Keyboard shortcuts.

Select which settings to restore from the file

Click Next. In the SolidWorks Copy Settings Wizard dialog box, under Select the Destination, click on the Current user button.

Current user 

Click Next. In the SolidWorks Copy Settings Wizard dialog box, make sure that Create backup of current settings for User is checked. With this checked, the current settings are saved as a .sldreg file in the folder chosen earlier before the settings from the selected .sldreg file are restored.

Create backup of current settings for User

Click Finish. A dialog box will appear confirming that the settings have been copied successfully.

SolidWorks settings have been copied successfully

When you are done, all you have to do is run the SolidWorks Copy Settings Wizard and restore the backup file. The backup SolidWorks made uses the filename "Backup" plus a date and time stamp. So, you should be able to easily recognize it. All the settings will be changed back like you were never there.

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