Is there a way to hide these files or have them created in another directory other than the directory the main file is located? I know these files disappear when you close SolidWorks, but if you are working on a large # of files, these files get in the way.
Open Windows Explorer, Tools Menu, Folder Options, View Tab, Under the Hidden Folders Setting - Select "Do not show hidden files and folders", Click Apply, then Apply to All Folders, Answer Yes to Prompt.
Note (~$xxxx files) that you are seeing are swx temp files during your session.
To turn off: Windows Explorer Folder Options must be set properly. Using the "Tools" drop-down menu, select "Folder Options...", next, select the "View" tab, finally, select "Do Not Show hidden files and folders".
Please use with caution, see below. "Required Computer Maintenance" & "A Few Words About Performance"
Required Computer Maintenance
Please take the time to clean-up your computer by reviewing the directories and files listed below. If you fail to manage your workstation properly, you will suffer from poor workstation performance. In time, application failures will occur if the required maintenance is not performed.
All Windows OS's (NT, 2000, XP): SmarTeam Work - "D:\Work" (and other sub-directories) Using the SmarTeam Local Files Explorer, remove all unneeded files. Keep the "D:\Work" directory clean to avoid unnecessary/unrelated file checking while performing SmarTeam operations. For additional help, use the SmarTeam tools: "Clean My Temporary Files" & "Set As Default Working Folder". SolidWorks Backup - "D:\SWBackupDir" The SolidWorks Backup Directory should be emptied periodically as part of your normal clean up of your local drive. The shear number of files and how fast they accumulate depends upon how often SolidWorks is utilized. Monitor the directory to determine how often it should be emptied. Windows NT: Temporary or Temp - "C:\temp" Clean up the "Temp" directory regularly. Delete all "*.tmp" files and all temporary files generated by using SolidWorks, SmarTeam, the SW Viewer from SmarTeam. Files are written to this directory for just about every application that is run on your workstation and for all software installs. "Temp" Directory Note: Do not delete "sw" or "swxauto" folders. Delete all "swx1234" folders. (1234=3DAny Number) Temporary Internet Files - "C:\Winnt\profiles\login-name\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files" Just about every time an internet connection is made, files are written to this temporary directory. Although the size of each individual file is relatively small, the shear number of files can be overwhelming. If you are unaware of the requirement to clean this directory, do not be surprised if you find that there are literally tens of thousands of files. 15,000 Files can easily equate to over 100Meg of Data. NOTE: In order to see the "Local Settings" directory & contents, Windows Explorer Folder Options must be set properly. Using the "Tools" drop-down menu, select "Folder Options...", next, select the "View" tab, finally, select "Show hidden files and folders". =B7Crashes - "C:\WINNT" If a Dr. Watson crash occurs go to "C:\WINNT" and delete the file "user.dmp". If a Blue-Screen (BSD) crash occurs, go to the "C:\WINNT" directory, find the file "Memory.dmp" and delete it. Additionally, a "FILE001" directory may be generated and it too will need to be deleted. If a crash occurs while in SolidWorks, SW temp files will be generated. The files can be identified by the prefix characters "tilde" and a "dollar sign" followed by a SolidWorks filename, example: "~$FileName.sdlxxx". Windows 2000 & XP: =B7Temporary or Temp - "C:\Documents and Settings\login-name\Local Settings\Temp" See Above. =B7Temporary Internet Files - "C:\Documents and Settings\login-name\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files" See Above. =B7Crashes - "C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Documents\DrWatson" See Above. FEA Files: =B7Segregate all analyses by creating separate folders for all FEA runs.. Upon completion of an analysis, delete all unnecessary files.
Please let me know if you require any assistance in the maintenance and management of your workstation.
.=2E.a "Few Words About Performance"
"A Few Words About Performance" A wide variety of items affect computer performance, from maintenance & settings to user interaction. Listed below are a couple of things that you can do, starting today, that impact computer performance. Maintenance: Get to know what is required. Have you performed any house-cleaning lately? Desktop Settings: =B7 Control Panel - Display - Screen Saver Turn Off any "3D" Screen savers like; Flowers, Flying Objects, Maze, Pipes, Text, 3D Labs Maze, etc. =B7 Control Panel - Display - Effects Turn Off the following Visual Effects; =B7 Use transition effects for menus and tooltips. =B7 Smooth edges of screen fonts =B7 Show window contents while dragging =B7 Control Panel - Mouse Turn Off the following Pointer settings; =B7 Enable pointer shadow =B7 Display pointer trails =B7 Uninstall or delete any Personal programs that you brought in or downloaded. SolidWorks Settings: The following settings were proper when SolidWorks was loaded. Tools - Options - System Options: General =B7 Uncheck "Use thumbnail graphic in Windows Explorer" =B7 Uncheck "Enable performance email" Tools - Options - System Options: Drawings =B7 Uncheck "Show contents while dragging drawing view" Applications & Files: Consider the following scenario: You have one of the newest engineering workstation in the company, a powerful CPU, nice graphics card & 512 RAM (Actual: 523,760K). As you start the day, notice how the Available Ram dwindles Boot-Up Computer: 377,400K Outlook & Explorer: 370,810K SolidWorks: 281,980K w/SmarTeam Integration 230,120K Word & Excel 210,000K Remember what I said above, "As you start your day..." The numbers above reflect application requirements only, no files have been opened yet. =B7 Only open the applications required for your current task. =B7 If you're working on a PowerPoint presentation, close any other unnecessary applications. If you plan on performing an analysis, turn off SmarTeam integration. =B7 Only open the files you currently need to work on. =B7 As tasks or modifications are completed, save & close files. If you're experiencing problems, report them. If you would like some assistance, ask. Most of all, be patient. If your computer does not seem to be responding, hitting the Reset Button resolves nothing. If an application appears to be hung because no "Hourglass" cursor is displayed, continually pounding on the enter key will not fix the problem. Do you know why they call it a "cursor"?