I've Googled the NG and still haven't found a satisfactory answer.
Right-clicking a SW file
gives access to SW custom props in a dialogue box, but I'd like to have a column
explorer show at least one of them, preferably "Description". That way, I can
name the file
with the Part Number "12345" and still see a verbal description "Bracket". The
problem is the
pre-defined props in Win Explorer don't match the ones is SW.
Any new ideas on this?
I'm like you. I want to see the description in Windows Explorer. Here is
the way I do it.
I found that Windows Explorer CAN show columns from the SW Summary tab
information, instead of the Custom Property tab information. So, I used to
simply do double entry for my description property. I would enter a
description under the description custom property. And then I would copy
and past it in the Title field on the Summary tab. Then I would show the
title field as a column in Windows Explorer. I took it one step further and
enter a basic project description in the Subject field and show that as well
I have since found that a custom property can "link" to the information on
the Summary tab (i.e. $PRP:"SW-Title"). So I changed my templates to have
this link defaulted into the description custom property. This way I only
have to enter the Title information on the Summary tab. This eliminates
having to do double entry and the possibility of these two values not
Linking the description custom property to the summary title information
does have one drawback that I have found. I have recently been playing
around with changing the tree display in assemblies to make it show the
component descriptions. When the description property is linked, the
description displayed in the assembly tree does not reflect the evaluated
value. Instead it displays the link itself. I personally think this is a
bug, or at best an oversight to the programmers.
There's one other weird thing about showing the Title and/or Subject columns
in Windows Explorer. If the file is open in SW, the information will not be
displayed. My guess is that this is a Windows thing.
Hope this helps...
I've tried what you are suggesting on the properties of an assembly file,
and I can't get anything to show up in either the "Title" or "Description"
columns in Windows Explorer.
First, do you have the assembly open? For some reason, if it is open, it
will not display the values in Window Explorer.
Second, The Description column in Windows Explorer will NOT show anything
from a SW file. But the Title column should. The only columns that will
show any information from a SW file are:
Category (but I'm not sure where it pulls this value from)
The values for most of these (except for Category) can be entered at
File>Properties>Summary tab, from within SW. They can also be entered by
right clicking the file in Windows Explorer, Properties, Summary tab (same
One thing I was pointing out in my previous post was that Custom Properties
can be linked to the Summary Properties so you don't have double data entry.
"Seth Renigar" wrote in
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That was the problem - how completely bizarre!
I thought perhaps it would just not show it until you'd closed the file the
first time, but it actually disappears whenever you open the file.
Thanks for the tip, though with these limitations, I'm not sure it's that
useful. What I really need is Conisio......
Yeah. I don't really understand why it disappears like that. I still find
it very useful though.
I only open files from Windows Explorer, for the most part. I rarely use
the File>Open command. The Title/Subject columns in WE helps me locate what
I need. Once its open, it doesn't help me anymore for it to display this
But that's just the way I use it.
I got to the point of displaying SW summary properties on my own, but no further.
Clever idea! Followed your instructions and got this to work.
If SW would just allow notes in a drawing to link directly to Summary properties
wouldn't be needed. But then a part/assembly would have to accept the Title
to display as a component description in the feature tree.
Looks like the only way to have everything work is the "double entry" method,
Thanks, Seth. I have a much better understanding of what's going on now.
Notes CAN link to information from the Summary tab. When linking, you will
see SW-Author, SW-Comments, SW-Keywords, SW-Subject, & SW-Title. These
values come directly from the Summary tab.
The only reason I link a Description custom property to the Summary>Title
information is that there are sooo many people that use a Description custom
property. My way satisfies their needs as well as mine. Otherwise I
wouldn't be using the Description custom property.
Not having the descriptions show up correctly in the assembly tree is not a
big deal for me. My assemblies are not so big that I have to weed through a
bunch of stuff to find what I want. Usually I simply highlight it in the
graphics window and let the assembly tree auto-scroll to the part.