Applied Parameters: ElectricalGridEnabled = Toggle
This command is used to cycle to the next mode of object Hotspot Snapping. Often referred to as an Electrical Grid, object hotspot snapping provides an aid to routing electrical objects, especially those that may not fall on the default Global Board Snap Grid or a defined custom grid. It gives you a distance, or tolerance, in which the cursor can be away from an object but still snap to the object's hot-spot (e.g., the center of a pad). Object hotspot snapping overrides a snap grid allowing you to easily connect to an off-grid object.
This command can be accessed from both PCB and PCB Library Editors by:
- Choosing the View » Grids » Toggle Object Hotspot Snapping command from the main menus.
- Using the Shift+E keyboard shortcut.
- Using the V keyboard shortcut then choose the Grids » Toggle Object Hotspot Snapping entry on the subsequent pop-up menu.
In addition, from the PCB Editor, you can choose the Toggle Object Hotspot Snapping
entry on the Grids
) of the Utilities
After launching the command, object hotspot snapping will cycle to the next mode within the following modes depending on its previous state:
- ON (Current Layer) - hotspot snap is enabled for the current layer. That is, the cursor will snap to object hotspots on the current layer only.
- ON (All Layers) - hotspot snap is enabled for all visible layers. That is, the cursor will snap to object hotspots on any layer, not just the current layer.
- OFF - hotspot snap is disabled.
The current mode is reflected on the Status Bar - (Hotspot Snap) ----> (Hotspot Snap (All Layers)) ----> no display.
- Hotspot snapping can also be enabled/disabled and its range (Snap Distance) defined in the Snap Options section of the Properties panel (when no objects are currently selected in the design workspace).
- Hold the Ctrl shortcut key to temporarily disable object hotspot snapping during interactive routing.