Break Reference to Toolbox

How to make parts that originated as Toolbox parts to be treated as normal parts, i.e., break the link to Toolbox

By default, any files from the Toolbox are flagged with a hidden property called “IsToolboxPart”.  You need to change this property to remove the reference to the Toolbox. To make SolidWorks forget that a part is from the Toolbox, this property must be set to “No” for each individual file. SolidWorks has a small utility buried deep in its folder structure that does just that.  It’s called “Set Document Property”.


You can find this tool in your SolidWorks installation folder under  “C:Program FilesSolidWorks CorpSolidWorksToolboxdata utilitiessldsetdocprop.exe” in most cases. Browse to this folder location, double-click on the file to run it. Once the ‘Set Document Property’ utility is running, the process is simple.

1.  The Toolbox file(s) should be saved in a location outside of the Toolbox folder on your hard drive. Then close your assembly and related SolidWorks part files. This is to allow the utility write access to the file(s).
2.  Click on the ‘Add Files…’ button and browse to the location of the Toolbox part(s).
3.  Change the ‘Property State: Yes’ radio button to ‘Property state: No’.
4.  Click on ‘Update Status’.
5.  Click ‘Close’.

Now when you re-open the assembly, your Toolbox icon in the Assembly Feature Tree has changed to a normal part icon.  Also, after a bit more research, I discovered that turning off this flag is one method of allowing a PDM system, like WorkGroup PDM, to check in your part into the vault when the WPDM options are set to not check in Toolbox parts.


To access it, run the file at this location “C:Program FilesSolidWorks CorpSolidWorksToolboxdata utilitiessldsetdocprop.exe” in most cases.

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