The designator field is a child parameter object of a PCB component (part). It is used to uniquely identify each placed part to distinguish it from all other parts placed in all the PCB documents in the project.
The designator is automatically placed when the parent component part object is placed. It is not a design object that you can directly place.
The designator can be edited graphically using what is known as in-place editing. To edit a designator in place, click once to select it, pause for a second, then click a second time to enter edit mode.
When a non-inverted designator object is selected, the following editing handles are available:
The following methods of non-graphical editing are available:
Properties page: Designator Properties
This method of editing uses the associated Parameter dialog and Properties panel to modify the properties of a Designator object.
After placement, the Parameter dialog can be accessed by:
After placement, the Parameter mode of the Properties panel can be accessed in one of the following ways:
A List panel allows you to display design objects from one or more documents in tabular format, enabling quick inspection and modification of object attributes. Used in conjunction with appropriate filtering - by using the PCB Filter pane l or the Find Similar Objects dialog - it enables the display of just those objects falling under the scope of the active filter – allowing you to target and edit multiple design objects with greater accuracy and efficiency.