Altium Designer Documentation

Accessing, Defining & Managing System Preferences for Altium Designer

Created: July 20, 2021 | Updated: July 20, 2021
Now reading version 21. For the latest, read: Accessing, Defining & Managing System Preferences for version 23
Applies to Altium Designer version: 21

Your Altium Design Software provides a central location from where you can set up various preferences across different functional areas. These are global system settings that apply across projects and relevant documents.

Configuration of preferences is performed from within the Preferences dialog (click on the  control at the top-right of the design space). Use the controls and options available on the loaded page to configure your preferences for that area of the software as required. This could be a mixture of satisfying company policy, and your preferred working environment.

The Preferences dialog provides a number of useful tools to ensure your set of preferences is just as you require, including:

  • Ability to import preferences defined in a previous instance, or version of the software.
  • Ability to save preferences to, and load preferences from, a Preferences file (*.DXPPrf).
  • Ability to set the options and controls on the active child preferences page, or all pages, back to their defaults.

If you have a Workspace, you can formally release your Altium Design Preferences into a target Item (and revision thereof) in that Workspace. Once the preferences set has been released, the preferences can be reused across installations of the software.

When connected to a Workspace, a green icon () appears next to Data Management Preferences pages that are subject to the Workspace's control.


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