How Do I Enable Downloads in SolidWorks?

Are you struggling to enable downloads in SolidWorks? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of enabling downloads in SolidWorks step by step.

Step 1: Open SolidWorks Options

To enable downloads in SolidWorks, you need to access the SolidWorks Options. To do this, follow these simple steps:

  1. Open SolidWorks on your computer.
  2. Click on the “Tools” menu at the top of the screen.
  3. Select “Options” from the drop-down menu. A new window will appear.

Step 2: Navigate to System Options

In the SolidWorks Options window, navigate to the “System Options” tab. This is where you can configure various settings related to your SolidWorks installation.

Step 3: Enable Downloads

Now that you are in the System Options tab, follow these steps to enable downloads:

  1. In the left-hand pane of the System Options window, click on “External References”.
  2. In the right-hand pane, under “File Locations”, click on “Add..”. Another window will pop up.
  3. In this new window, select “Design Library” from the drop-down menu and click “OK”.

Step 4: Confirm and Save Changes

You’re almost done! To ensure that your changes are saved and take effect, follow these final steps:

  1. Click on “OK” in the System Options window to confirm your changes.
  2. Restart SolidWorks for the changes to take effect.

That’s it! You have successfully enabled downloads in SolidWorks. Now you can easily download and incorporate external references into your projects.

Note: Enabling downloads in SolidWorks allows you to access a vast library of design resources, including parts, assemblies, and drawings. This feature greatly enhances your productivity and creativity.


In this tutorial, we learned how to enable downloads in SolidWorks. By following the steps outlined above, you can now enjoy the benefits of accessing a wide range of design resources directly within SolidWorks. Remember to save your work regularly and explore the Design Library for inspiration and efficiency.

Happy designing!