Altium Designer Documentation

Zoom

Created: October 15, 2018 | Updated: October 15, 2018
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Parent page: PcbDrawing Commands

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


Applied Parameters: Action=Area

Summary

This feature is used to zoom into a user-defined area in the active Draftsman document (*.PCBDwf). 

For a high-level look at how the Altium Draftsman Drawing System provides an interactive approach to the creation of production documentation for your PCBs, see Draftsman.

Access

The command is accessed from the Draftsman editor in the following ways:

  • Click View » Area from the main menus.
  • Press the V key in the workspace to access the View pop-up menu then choose the Area command.
Use

After launching the command, the cursor will change to a cross-hair and you will be prompted to select the first corner of the zoom window. Click to anchor this corner then hold and drag to size the zoom area. The display will zoom to the specified area.


Applied Parameters: Action=Point

Summary

This feature is used to redefine the display area around a specified point in the active Draftsman document (*.PCBDwf). 

For a high-level look at how the Altium Draftsman Drawing System provides an interactive approach to the creation of production documentation for your PCBs, see Draftsman.

Access

The command is accessed from the Draftsman editor in the following ways:

  • Click the View » Around Point command from the main menus.
  • Press the V key in the workspace to access the View pop-up menu then choose the Around Point command.
  • Press the Z key in the workspace to access the Zoom pop-up menu then choose the Around Point command.
Use

After launching the command, the cursor will change to a cross-hair and you will be prompted to select the center point of a zoom window. Click to anchor this corner then hold and drag to anchor the center point. The display will zoom to the specified area centered in the main design window.


Applied Parameters: Action=In

Summary

This feature is used to zoom in to the cursor position in the active Draftsman document (*.PCBDwf). 

For a high-level look at how the Altium Draftsman Drawing System provides an interactive approach to the creation of production documentation for your PCBs, see Draftsman.

Access

The command is accessed from the Draftsman editor in the following ways:

  • Choose the View » Zoom In command from the main menus.
  • Use the PgUp keyboard shortcut.
  • Press the V key in the workspace to access the View pop-up menu then choose the Zoom In command.
  • Pressthe Z key in the workspace to access the Zoom pop-up menu then choose the Zoom In command.
Use

After launching the command, the workspace will zoom in on a particular section of the design. Use the command repeatedly to zoom in to a greater extent.

Tips

  1. Since this command is relative to the cursor position, it is a good idea to position the cursor in the desired location prior to launching the command. To use the command effectively, use the shortcut or use the accelerator keyboard sequence: V, I or Z, I.
  2. This command can be used through its respective keyboard shortcut even while another process is running (for example, while in placement mode).
  3. Hold the Ctrl key and roll the mouse wheel upward. Use of the Ctrl key is a default setting that can be changed on the  System - Mouse Wheel Configuration page of the Preferences dialog.


Applied Parameters: Action=Out

Summary

This feature is used to zoom out from the cursor position relative to the cursor position on the active Draftsman document (*.PCBDwf). 

For a high-level look at how the Altium Draftsman Drawing System provides an interactive approach to the creation of production documentation for your PCBs, see Draftsman.

Access

The command is accessed from the Draftsman editor in the following ways:

  • Click View » Zoom Out from the main menus.
  • Use the PgDn shortcut key.
  • Press the V key in the workspace to access the View pop-up menu then choose the Zoom Out command.
  • Press the Z key in the workspace to access the Zoom pop-up menu then choose the Zoom Out command.
Use

After launching the command, the workspace will zoom out from a particular section of the design. Use the command repeatedly to zoom out to a greater extent.

Tips

  1. Since this command is relative to the cursor position, it is a good idea to position the cursor in the desired location prior to launching the command. To use the command effectively, use the shortcut or use the accelerator keyboard sequence: V, O or Z, O.
  2. This command can be used through its respective keyboard shortcut even while another process is running (for example, while in placement mode).
  3. Hold the Ctrl key and roll the mouse wheel downward. Use of the Ctrl key is a default setting that can be changed on the  System - Mouse Wheel Configuration page of the Preferences dialog.
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