Common User Interface Elements in CircuitMaker

Created: July 22, 2020 | Updated: February 11, 2022

What are Common UI Elements?

Common UI elements in the CircuitMaker software are ribbon commands that are common to more than one editor. For instance, Project Options is available on the ribbons in the PCB, SCH, and Text editors. 

For ribbon commands that are specific to specific editors (PCB, PCBLIB, SCH, SCHLIB, Layer Stack, Component, etc.,), refer to those editors using the documentation navigation tree.

Elements of the Common Environment

The options may differ slightly between different editors. If there are differences in options or functions, they will be described on the documentation pages.

  1. Quick Access Bar - click the icons to close and exit CircuitMaker, open existing documents, save the active document or all documents, and undo/redo the last commands
  2. Editor tabs - each tab includes its own ribbon and commands.
  3. Search - enter a search string in the field to access a command, panel, dialog, etc.
  4. The Share button can be used to share the current project with another Circuitmaker user; the drop-down is used to access your profile and the Extensions and Updates page.
  5. Ribbons and commands - use to perform various commands and functions in the current editor.
  6. Pinned/docked panel.
  7. Document tabs - displays the currently open documents. The active document is displayed with a lighter gray background. Click on a tab to open it in the design space and make it the active document.
  8. Status bar - displays the current X/Y location and the grid value.
  9. Editor tab - shows the main logical view. Additional tabs show the physical view; these are also known as the compiled view.
  10. Displays status during interactive processes, such as placing primitives and routing.
  11. Floating panel.
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