I'm now having this same irritating issue after a recent update. I have a Solidworks folder within my Documents folder. I tried editing the Search Paths category in File Locations in the system options. I also made sure that the Search file locations for external references option is selected in External References in the system options. None of that worked.
After being disappointed that no one had figured it out in 2-1/2 years, and after suffering with it for months now, I just figured out a solution:
When you click [File
][Open], there are some convenient "Quick access" locations and "This PC" locations on the top left. If I browse to my assembly or drawing file from either of these conveniently placed shortcuts, it results in Solidworks not being able to locate component files that live in the same folder.
Don't select the Documents folder from either of these areas. Instead, scroll down to the mapped drives. In my case it is "Home on 'Mac' (Y
". Once I select that mapped drive, I browsed to my Documents folder and on to my Solidworks file locations. Now, Solidworks has no trouble finding the files when I open assemblies and drawings.
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