Altium NEXUS Documentation

Browse Libraries

Created: December 4, 2018 | Updated: December 20, 2019

The Browse Libraries dialog


The Browse Libraries dialog allows you to browse schematic symbols in selected libraries.


The dialog is accessed from the Variant Management dialog (Project » Variants) by right-clicking in the Component Parameters region, then selecting Update Values From Library.

The Browse Libraries dialog only appears if the currently selected component in the Variant Management dialog is from a file-based library, or is a managed component and you are not currently signed in to the parent server from which it was placed. If the selected component is a managed component, and you are signed in to its parent server, then you will be presented with a dialog that is an incarnation of the Explorer panel - enabling you to browse the components within that server.


  • Libraries - displays the current library. Use the drop-down arrow to access a list of available libraries then select the desired target library. Click the  button to open the Available File-based Libraries dialog in which you can add or remove libraries.
  • Find - click to open the File-based Libraries Search dialog to locate additional libraries.
  • Mask - enter the desired key words to mask results in the Component Name list. The drop-down lists previously used key words.

Upper Grid 

  • Component Name - displays the name of the component.
  • Library - displays in which library the component is located.  
  • Description - a brief description of the component.
  • Footprint - displays the associated footprint (if any).
  • <nn> components - displays the total number (nn) of components.

Lower Grid

  • Model Name - displays the model name of a component currently selected in the upper grid.
  • Type - displays the model type of a component currently selected in the upper grid.

Preview Windows

  • Upper Window - displays the schematic symbol of the component currently selected in the upper grid.
  • Lower Window - displays the footprint of the component currently selected in the upper grid.
    •  2D/3D - use to toggle between 2D and 3D preview images. 
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