Component Text Position

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The Component Text Position dialogThe Component Text Position dialog


The Component Text Position dialog allows you to quickly set the location of the designator and/or comment text strings for one or more selected components.


The dialog is accessed from the PCB Editor by clicking Edit » Align » Position Component Text from the main menus while the component(s) whose designator and/or comment text you want to position are selected in the workspace.


The dialog presents sections for defining the positional style for both Designator and Comment independently of each other. In each case, use the radio buttons arranged around a section's component graphic to choose the required positional style for the text in relation to its parent component. Each of these is an autoposition style, meaning that the text will remain in the chosen position as the component is moved and rotated. To leave text in its current position with no modification, leave the No Change option enabled.

The following positional styles are available and correspond to the entries in the Autoposition field in the Properties region of the Properties panel in Parameter mode:

  • Left-Above
  • Left-Center
  • Left-Below
  • Center-Above
  • Center
  • Center-Below
  • Right-Above
  • Right-Center
  • Right-Below


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