Altium Designer Documentation

Configuring Draftsman Rectangle Object Properties in Altium Designer

Created: October 19, 2019 | Updated: April 10, 2021

Parent page: Rectangle

Select a Rectangle object in the Draftsman design space to view or edit its property fields in the Properties panel.

Draftsman object properties are definable options that specify the visual style, content and behavior of the placed object. The property settings for each type of object are defined in two different ways:

  • Pre-placement settings – most Rectangle object properties, or those that can logically be pre-defined, are available as editable default settings on the Draftsman - Defaults page of the Preferences dialog (access from the  button at the top-right of the design space). Select the object in the Primitive List to reveal its options on the right.
  • Post-placement settings – all Rectangle object properties are available for editing in the Properties panel when a placed Rectangle is selected in the design space.

The Rectangle object default settings in the Preferences dialog and the Rectangle mode of the Properties panel

The below properties listing applies to the options available in both the Preferences dialog and the object Properties panel.


  • (X/Y) – the X-axis and Y-axis values of the rectangle's reference location (bottom-left corner position).


  • Width – the width of the selected rectangle.
  • Height – the height of the selected rectangle.
  • Line Style – displays and sets the line weight/style/color.
    • ​​Line Weight – the line thickness of the rectangle outline. Use the drop-down menu to choose from a range of line weight presets.
    • Line pattern – the pattern line style of the rectangle outline. Use the drop-down menu to choose from a range of line style presets.
    • Line color – click to open the color selector drop-down, which includes options for preset colors, HEX/RGB color values, the graphic selection of color shades, and variable color opacity.
  • Fill Style – displays and sets the rectangle fill pattern and color. Use the associated color buttons () to specify colors for the fill and/or hatch pattern, and the associated button to set the fill pattern attributes in the drop down options menu.
    • Pattern – the graphic pattern for the rectangle fill. Select Solid fill or an ANSI pattern from the drop-down menu. Select a no-fill preset or an opacity level of 0% to set the color as transparent.
    • Scale – the relative line spacing of the applied ANSI hatch pattern.
    • Rotation – the angle of the ANSI hatching lines, where the based value of 0 is equivalent to 45°.
    • Hatch Thickness – the line weight of the ANSI pattern lines.
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