Parent page: Schematic Objects
A hyperlink is a non-electrical drawing primitive. Similar to a text string, it can be placed anywhere on a sheet. Where it differs is in its ability to link to a web page, or to a document on a local or shared drive, through specification of a target URL. This offers a fast, convenient alternative when providing access to datasheets for components used in a design. A hyperlink object can also provide a beneficial link to your own organization's website, within the title blocks of your schematic source documents.
Hyperlinks are available for placement in both Schematic and Schematic Library Editors by:
After launching the command, the cursor will change to a cross-hair and you will enter hyperlink placement mode. A hyperlink will appear "floating" on the cursor.
Additional actions that can be performed during placement are:
This method of editing allows you to select a placed hyperlink object directly in the workspace and change its location graphically. Hyperlinks can only be adjusted with respect to their size by changing the size of the font used (accessed through the Hyperlink dialog). As such, editing handles are not available when the hyperlink object is selected:
The following methods of non-graphical editing are available:
Dialog page: Hyperlink
This method of editing uses the following dialog to modify the properties of a hyperlink object.
The Hyperlink dialog can be accessed prior to entering placement mode, from the Schematic – Default Primitives page of the Preferences dialog. This allows the default properties for the hyperlink object to be changed, which will be applied when placing subsequent hyperlinks.
During placement, the dialog can be accessed by pressing the Tab key.
After placement, the dialog can be accessed in one of the following ways:
An Inspector panel enables the designer to interrogate and edit the properties of one or more design objects in the active document. Used in conjunction with appropriate filtering - by using the applicable Filter panel, or the Find Similar Objects dialog - the panel can be used to make changes to multiple objects of the same kind, from one convenient location.
A List panel allows the designer 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 applicable Filter panel, or the Find Similar Objects dialog - it enables the display of just those objects falling under the scope of the active filter – allowing the designer to target and edit multiple design objects with greater accuracy and efficiency.
Once a hyperlink object has been configured as required, it can be used from within the design workspace. To do so, simply hover the cursor over the hyperlink. After a short delay, a pop-up with the URL will appear. Click this to open the URL either within the software, or in an external browser, in accordance with your defined preference.
The pop-up containing the URL is a feature of the software's Design Insight System. Specifically, it is obtained by enabling the Hyperlink Insight aspect of the system. This is done on the System – Design Insight page of the Preferences dialog. As with other elements of the system, you can configure the launch style for the pop-up – Mouse Hover and/or Alt+Double Click.
Alternatively, a link can be followed by right-clicking over it and accessing the URL from the Hyperlink sub-menu. This would be the way to follow a link if Hyperlink Insight is disabled.
http://prefix. Entering the short-form address for a website will also work, for example
live.altium.com. However, the http:// prefix is required if you want to open the URL in an external Web browser.
file:///– for example