Altium Designer Documentation

Browse Libraries (PCB)

Created: July 14, 2017 | Updated: March 1, 2018
Now reading version 18.1. For the latest, read: Browse Libraries (PCB) for version 20.0

The Browse Libraries dialog
The Browse Libraries dialog

Summary

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

Access

The dialog is accessed from the schematic editor by clicking the Browse button in the PCB Model dialog (in the Footprint region of the Properties panel in Component mode, click the Add button).

Options/Controls

  • 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 Libraries dialog in which you can add or remove libraries.
  • Find - click to open the Libraries Search dialog to locate additional libraries.
  • Mask - enter the desired key words to mask results in the Name list.
  • Name - displays the name of the footprint.
  • Library - displays in which library the footprint is located. 
  • Description - a brief description of the footprint.
  • nn items - displays the total number (nn) of items listed.
  • Preview Window - displays the footprint currently selected in the grid to the right.
    •  2D/3D - use to toggle between 2D and 3D preview images. 
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