Altium Designer Documentation

Working with a Rectangle Object on a Multi-board Schematic Document in Altium Designer

Created: June 15, 2017 | Updated: April 10, 2021
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Parent page: Multi-board Schematic Objects

A placed RectangleA placed Rectangle


A Rectangle is a graphic object that can be placed on a multi-board Design schematic document and filled with a specified solid color.


Rectangles are available for placement in the Multi-board schematic editor as follows:

  • Choose the Place » Rectangle command from the main menus.
  • Click the  button in the graphic objects drop-down on the Active Bar located at the top of the design space. Click and hold an Active Bar button to access other related commands. Once a command has been used, it will become the topmost item on that section of the Active Bar.
  • Right-click in the drawing design space then select Place » Rectangle from the context menu.


After launching the command, the cursor will change to a cross-hair and the editor will enter Rectangle placement mode. Placement is made by performing the following actions:

  1. Click to anchor the first corner of the rectangle.
  2. Move the cursor to adjust the size of the rectangle and click again to complete placement.
  3. Continue placing further Rectangles or right-click or press Esc to exit the placement mode.
The default settings for the Rectangle object are available in the Multi-board Schematic - Defaults page of the Preferences dialog.

Graphical Editing

This method of editing allows a placed Rectangle object to be selected in the design space and graphically edit its size, shape or location.

Select a Rectangle by clicking on its fill or outline. Once selected, editing handles/nodes are available at its center and perimeter.

A selected Rectangle A selected Rectangle

  • Click and drag a node to reposition it and alter the size of the Rectangle.
  • Click and drag the rectangle object to reposition the rectangle in the schematic.

Non-Graphical Editing

Properties page: Rectangle Properties

The non-graphical method of editing a Rectangle is available in the Multi-board Properties panel, which provides editable property fields for the item that is currently selected in the design space.

The Properties panel when a Rectangle object is selected.The Properties panel when a Rectangle object is selected.

To open the Properties panel and access the properties of a placed Rectangle:

  • Double-click on the Rectangle object.
  • Right-click on the Rectangle then select Item Properties from the context menu.

If the Properties panel is already active:

  • Click on the Rectangle to access its properties in the panel.
To manually open the Properties panel, select View » Panels » Properties from the main menu or click the button at the bottom right of the design space then select Properties from the pop-up menu.
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