SOLIDWORKS Two-Minute Tech Tip – Last Saved with Version

Darin at DASI - SOLIDWORKS Two Minute Tech Tip

Written by: Darin J. Grosser, CSWE

I’m Darin @ DASI, and THIS is a SolidWorks – Two Minute Tech Tip!!

Older Version File……

Anyone that’s used SOLIDWORKS for 2 or more releases has to have seen this message before.  It means you’ve opened a file created in an earlier release of SOLIDWORKS, and when you Save your file, it will be updated to the version of SOLIDWORKS you are currently using.

SOLIDWORKS Older Version File

It also means that you will also only be able to open this file in the ‘current’ release of SOLIDWORKS and future releases beyond that……but no longer in the previous release the file came from.

Well…..What Version DID it Come From?

All you know at this point is that it wasn’t created in ‘this’ release, but did you know that there’s a way to find out which release of SOLIDWORKS it WAS last saved in?

You can find it in Windows Explorer.  It’s called the “SW Last Saved with” column.

You can show this column in any Windows Explorer folder. Just Right Click the column header and select MORE.

SW Last Saved Column Windows Explorer


Display Last Saved Column

Now, just scroll down to “SW Last Saved with” and add a check mark to select it.

SW Last Saved With

You’ll now see exactly which version was last used to save each file.  🙂

Windows Explorer with SW Last Saved with Version Column


See it in action!

View this Tip on YouTube


Don’t forget to submit an Enhancement Request if you have an idea for a new feature, or how an existing one could be made better!! You CAN have an effect on SOLIDWORKS Development. Just login to your account and submit your idea!

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Until next time……………

-Darin @ DASI, Your SolidWorks Guy

2 Responses to SOLIDWORKS Two-Minute Tech Tip – Last Saved with Version

  1. Dan Bovinich says:

    I did not know that! Nice tip…

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