SolidWorks Tech Tip: How to Manually Update Your Toolbox

At least once a year, people update to a new service pack or release of SolidWorks design software. During the upgrade, you can update your toolbox to the matching version. If you forget to do this, as most users do, it is very easy to manually update the Toolbox. To do this…

  1. Turn off Toolbox and Toolbox Browser addins in SolidWorks for all users
  2. Go to your SolidWorks install directory to the toolbox install folder
    1. C:\Program Files\SolidWorks Corp\SolidWorks\Toolbox\data utilities\UpdateBrowserData.exe
    2. NOTE: If you have a 64 bit machine go to Program Files not Program Files (x86)
  3. Run the UpdateBrowserData.exe file
  4. Click the (…) button and browse for the database file
    1. Should be located at S:\Solidworks Common Data\Toolbox\lang\english\swbrowser.mdb
  5. Run the update

This should only take a few minutes to complete. Then you can turn back on your addins and get back to your work at hand!

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