Parent page: Schematic Objects
A note is a non-electrical drawing primitive. It is used to add informational or instructional text to a specific area within a schematic similar to that of commenting a program's source code. The note is a resizable rectangular area that can contain multiple lines of text and can automatically wrap and clip text to keep it within the bounds of the note.
Notes are available for placement in the Schematic Editor only in the following ways:
After launching the command, the cursor will change to a cross-hair and you will enter note placement mode. Placement is made by performing the following sequence of actions:
Additional actions that can be performed during placement while the note is still floating on the cursor and before its first corner is anchored are:
This method of editing allows you to select a placed note object directly in the design space and change its size, shape or location graphically.
A note can be displayed in either expanded (full frame) or collapsed (small triangle) modes. Toggle the display mode by clicking on the top left corner of a placed note.
When a fully expanded note object is selected, the following editing handles are available:
When a note is fully expanded, the textual content of that note can be edited in-place by:
The size and shape of a note cannot be changed graphically when it is in collapsed mode; only its location/orientation can be changed. As such, editing handles are not available when a collapsed note object is selected.
Click anywhere inside the dashed box and drag to reposition the note as required. The note can be rotated or mirrored while dragging.
When a note is in collapsed mode, hover the cursor over it to access a pop-up containing the name of the note's author and the actual text content of the note.
The following methods of non-graphical editing are available.
Properties page: Note Properties
This method of editing uses the associated Note dialog and the Properties panel mode to modify the properties of a note object.
After placement, the Note dialog can be accessed by:
During placement, the Note mode of the Properties panel can be accessed by pressing the Tab key. Once the Note is placed, all options appear.
After placement, the Note mode of the Properties panel can be accessed in one of the following ways:
The Properties panel supports multiple object editing, where the property settings that are identical in all currently selected objects may be modified. When multiples of the same object type are selected manually, via the Find Similar Objects dialog or through a SCH Filter or SCH List panel, a Properties panel field entry that is not shown as an asterisk (
*) may be edited for all selected objects.
In addition to providing a Word Wrap option, the Properties panel provides a Clip to Area option. This option comes into play if word wrapping is disabled. With this option enabled, text will be kept within the bounds of the note's frame. When disabled, text will spill out of the frame onto the schematic sheet.
Specify a single value to apply equally to Left, Top, Right, and Bottom margins for the current note using the Text Margin in the Properties panel.
When editing text in place directly within the note's frame, the defined margins are not present. They will be reapplied after editing is complete and the text changes are applied.
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 SCH 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 you to target and edit multiple design objects with greater accuracy and efficiency.
While notes can be rotated or mirrored along the X or Y axis, this has no effect on the orientation of the text within.