Altium Designer Documentation

Configuring Multi-board Schematic Text Object Properties in Altium Designer

Created: October 18, 2019 | Updated: April 10, 2021

Parent page: Text

Multi-board object properties are definable options that specify the visual style, content and behavior of the placed object. The property settings for each type of object are defined in two different ways:

  • Pre-placement settings – most Text object properties, or those that can logically be pre-defined, are available as editable default settings on the Multi-board Schematic - Defaults page of the Preferences dialog (access from the  button at the top-right of the design space). Select the object in the Primitive List to reveal its options on the right.
  • Post-placement settings – all Text object properties are available for editing in the Properties panel when a placed Text object is selected in the design space.

The Text object default settings in the Preferences dialog and the Text mode of the Properties panel

In the below properties listing, options that are not available as default settings in the Preferences dialog are noted as 'Properties panel only'.

Location (Properties panel only)

  • (X/Y) – the X-axis and Y-axis values of the Text box reference location (bottom-left corner position).
  • Width – the (X-axis) width of the selected Text box.
  • Height – the (Y-axis) height of the selected Text box.
  • Rotation – the horizontal/vertical orientation of the Text box. Use the drop-down menu to select from: 0 Degrees, 90 Degrees, 180 Degrees, 270 Degrees.


  • Horizontal Alignment – use the drop-down menu options (Left, Center and Right) to set the horizontal text alignment and positioning within the Text box.
  • Vertical Alignment – use the drop-down menu options (Top, Center and Bottom) to set the vertical text alignment and positioning within the Text box.


  • Text (Properties panel only) – the target field for the text string(s) that will appear in the displayed Text box object. Press Shift+Enter to add a new line.
  • Use document font – when selected, the font style used in the Text box is that defined by the document options. See the Document Font entry in General section of the Properties panel when in Document Options mode (no schematic objects selected).
    When the Use document font option is not selected (unchecked), the font used in the Text box is determined by the object font style settings. These are accessed by clicking the font style link (e.g., Times New Roman,14) and choosing the desired font type, size, color, and text attributes from the drop down options window.
  • Font link - click this link to access the Font Settings, where you may choose the desired font type, size, and color. You may also bolden, italicize, underline, and strike-out the text. All options selected will be reflected in the font link.
  • Clip to bounds – when selected, the text strings will be wrapped automatically to remain constrained within the Text box perimeter.
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