Positional Re-Annotate

Now reading version 17.0. For the latest, read: Positional Re-Annotate for version 22

The Positional Re-Annotate dialog.
The Positional Re-Annotate dialog.


Use this dialog to configure the scope of annotation (components (further targeted by side, or selection), or free pads), the direction of annotation (based on object position), and additional options, such as a starting index, and whether locked designators should be protected. As you select a style of annotation, a graphical depiction is shown within the dialog as a visual indication of how annotation will transpire.


To open the dialog, select Tools » Re-Annotate from the toolbar.


  • Annotate Direction - Choose the order of re-annotation. The There are 5 options available:
    • 1 By Ascending X Then Ascending Y
    • 2 By Ascending X Then Descending Y 
    • 3 By Ascending Y Then Ascending X 
    • 4 By Descending Y Then Ascending X 
    • 5 Name from Position
  • Annotate Scope - Specify the scope of re-annotation. Select scope by Components (Top Side, Then Bottom Side, Top Side Only, Bottom Side Only, or Selected Components) or Pads (Free Pads).
  • Protect Locked Designators - Check the box to ignore components whose designators are locked during re-annotation.
  • Comparison Threshold - The position distance threshold to change re-annotation direction.
  • Start Index - Specify the start index for re-annotation.
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