Two strings, Relative path and File name, are used to store references to files.
From the first edit folder containing the referenced file, or if no such folder exists, the relative path from the folder of the source file, and if that does not exist, the full absolute path to the referenced file.
When a part is placed in a drawing, the location of the referenced file is saved in the drawing document. The drawing uses this information to locate the referenced part the next time the drawing is opened. The first file found that matches the naming information stored in the parent document is loaded.
If a part is not found, an automatic resolve process follows a set sequence of steps to resolve the search. If the search is not successful, the Resolve Link dialog box opens, where you can add a substitution rule and repeat the search process. Once the part is found and the referencing file is saved, the location is automatically recorded for future use.
To resolve a file search
Depending on the reasons a file is not found, you can take corrective action:
In the Resolve Link dialog box, choose an option:
Browse to a new location for the part, and then click Open.
Loads without the missing part file.
Loads without trying to resolve any missing files.
Cancels the load altogether.
An automatic resolve process follows a set sequence of steps:
If a file is still not found, the Resolve Link dialog box opens where you can specify the location of the referenced file. Once you find a file through this dialog box and open it, you can record the location for future use in the form of a path substitution rule.
Depending on the reasons that the file was not found, you can take corrective actions:
The Resolve Link dialog box opens if the automatic search for a referenced file fails when the referencing file is opened. The automatic search fails to find a file if:
Displays the active path. To change the path, click the arrow and navigate to the desired folder.
The name of the file that is being referenced, or the file name selected in the main window of the dialog box.
File of type
Filters the file list of files to include only files of a specific type. Click the arrow to display the list, and then click to select a file type.
Opens the selected file.
Opens the Find dialog box so that you can define searches to find files.
Discontinues search for the specified file. The part or drawing opens without the referenced file.
A skipped file is marked with a red question mark in the part browser and is not shown in the graphic window. You can select an unresolved file and delete it or replace it.
Discontinues search for all files with unresolved links. The file opens without the referenced file.
The name of the referenced component file that is not found.
The subdirectory where files are being searched, relative to each storage location defined in the work path.
File containing the reference
The name of the file that is being opened and that contains the component reference that is not found.
Ends the top level Open operation.