Altium Designer Documentation

Board Insight

Modified by Phil Loughhead on Oct 24, 2018
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The Board Insight panel.

Summary

The Board Insight panel regions allow designers to view, in more detail, what is under the cursor. When you hover the cursor over a component, net, or violation objects, they are loaded into the panel. Once the information is in the panel it remains until the cursor is paused in a new location.

Panel Access

  • To display the Board Insight panel, click the PCB button at the bottom-right of Altium Designer when the PCB Editor is active and select the Board Insight entry from the pop-up menu.
  • Alternatively, you can access the panel through the View » Workspace Panels » PCB » PCB sub-menu.

Panels can be configured to be floating in the editor space or docked to sides of the screen. If the Board Insight panel is currently in a group of panels, use the Board Insight tab located at the bottom of the panels to bring it to the front.

Content and Use

Graphical Preview

The top region of the panel displays a 2D graphical preview of the object under the cursor.


The U1 component is highlighted, as well as connected nets GND and VCCINT.

Selecting Primitives

The middle region of the panel lists all primitives under the cursor. The available information may include listing components, nets, and violations. From the list you can easily select, edit, or zoom in on any of the listed objects.

Clicking on a listed primitive will automatically open a context menu, from which to select what you want to do with the object. Alternatively, click on any of the associated buttons to the right.

  • Properties () - Open the object's associated properties dialog and make any desired changes.
  • Select () - Select the object in the workspace.
  • Zoom () - Zoom in on the object.

To expand or truncate information about a listed primitive, use the and buttons, respectively, located to the left of the primitive. Users can also elect to automatically expand specific kinds of primitives using the options at the bottom of the middle region of the panel: Expand Components, Expand Nets, and Expand Violations.

Close-Up View

The bottom region of the panel displays a 2D close-up view of the workspace area currently under the cursor. This section of the panel can be easily hidden be deselcting the Show Lens option, if desired.

Board Insight Sub-Menu

The Board Insight panel's sub-menu provides a number of options which allows designers to customize their use of the Heads Up and Insight Tracking features. This menu can be accessed by using the F2 shortcut key.


The Board Insight sub-menu. When enabled, a blue box displays to the left of the option.

The Heads Up display floats in the workspace and gives information about the location of the cursor in the workspace and objects under the cursor.

 
Two examples of the Heads Up Display.

  • Toggle Heads Up Display - Turn the Heads Up Display on or off. Can also be accessed using the Shift+H shortcut keys.
  • Toggle Heads Up Tracking - Turn tracking for the Heads Up Display on or off. When tracking is enabled, the Heads Up Display will follow the cursor through the workspace. Can also be enabled/disabled using the Shift+G shortcut keys.
  • Resets Heads Up Delta Origin - Resets the Heads Up Display delta origin to 0. Can also be applied using the Ins shortcut key. The distance horizontally and vertically the mouse is moved from the Delta Origin is displayed in the Heads Up display.
  • Toggle Heads Up Delta Origin - Toggle the Heads Up Display Delta Origin on or off. The distance horizontally and vertically the mouse is moved from the Delta Origin is displayed in the Heads Up display. Can also be applied using the Shift+D shortcut keys.


The Insight Lens.

  • Toggle Insight Lens - Toggle the Insight Lens on or off. Can also be accessed using the Shift+M shortcut keys.
  • Shift Insight Lens to Mouse - Move the Insight Lens to appear under the mouse instead of tracking it or remaining stationary. Can also be enabled/disabled using the Shift+Ctrl+N shortcut keys.
  • Toggle Insight Lens Tracking - Turn mouse tracking of the Insight Lens on or off. Can also be enabled/disabled using the Shift+N shortcut keys.
  • Toggle Insight Lens Auto Zoom - Toggle autozoom on or off. Autozoom can also be enabled using the Shift+Ctrl+M shortcut keys. Additionally, use Alt+Mouse Wheel Scrolling to manually zoom inside the Insight Lens.
  • Toggle Insight Lens Single Layer Mode - Toggle the Insight Lens between Single Layer mode or normal layers mode. In Single layer mode, only the current PCB layer is displayed in the lens. Can also be enabled/disabled using the Ctrl+Shift+S shortcut keys.
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