Altium Designer Documentation

BreakTrack

Modified by Susan Riege on Jul 13, 2018

Parent page: PCB Commands

The following pre-packaged resource, derived from this base command, is available:


Applied Parameters: None

Summary

This command is used to create a vertex (or break) in a track segment at the current cursor position.

Access

This command can be accessed from the PCB Editor and PCB Library Editor by:

  • Choosing the Edit » Move » Break Track command from the main menus.

Use

After launching the command, the cursor will change to a crosshair and you will be prompted to select a track. Position the cursor over the required track segment at the specific point along the segment where you want to insert a break then click or press Enter. A vertex is inserted, effectively breaking the original segment into two.

Move the vertex to the required position then click or press Enter to place. The attached track segments behave according to the setting of the Preserve Angle When Dragging option on the PCB Editor - Interactive Routing page of the Preferences dialog:

  • Preserve Angle When Dragging enabled - the angles to adjacent track segments are preserved, maintaining the routing style.
  • Preserve Angle When Dragging disabled - the two individual track segments will rubber band to accommodate the move without maintaining the existing routing style.

Continue breaking more track segment or right-click or press Esc to exit.

Tips

  1. You also can break a track segment at the current cursor position by using the Shift+Ctrl+Click&Hold keyboard shortcut.


Applied Parameters: None

Summary

This command is used to create a vertex (or break) in a track segment at the current cursor position.

Access

This command can be accessed from the PCB Editor and PCB Library Editor by:

  • Locating and using the Break Track command on the Active Bar.
If the command has been recently used from the Active Bar, it will become the active/visible button. When other commands are available it is indicated by a triangle at the bottom-right corner of the button. Click and hold on the active button to access a menu of all associated commands for that grouping.

Use

After launching the command, the cursor will change to a crosshair and you will be prompted to select a track. Position the cursor over the required track segment at the specific point along the segment where you want to insert a break then click or press Enter. A vertex is inserted, effectively breaking the original segment into two.

Move the vertex to the required position then click or press Enter to place. The attached track segments behave according to the setting of the Preserve Angle When Dragging option on the PCB Editor - Interactive Routing page of the Preferences dialog:

  • Preserve Angle When Dragging enabled - the angles to adjacent track segments are preserved, maintaining the routing style.
  • Preserve Angle When Dragging disabled - the two individual track segments will rubber band to accommodate the move without maintaining the existing routing style.

Continue breaking more track segment or right-click or press Esc to exit.

Tips

  1. You also can break a track segment at the current cursor position by using the Shift+Ctrl+Click&Hold keyboard shortcut.
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