Altium Designer Documentation

Find text (Draftsman)

Created: May 20, 2019 | Updated: May 21, 2019

Find text dialogThe Find text dialog

Summary

The Find text dialog provides controls to quickly find specific or partial text in accordance with defined search options in the active Draftsman document (*.PCBDwf).

Access

From the PcbDrawing Editor, click Edit » Find from the main menus or use the Ctrl+F keyboard shortcut.

Options/Controls

Text to find

  • Text To Find - use this field to enter the text string for which you want to search. Either enter the full word or search for a partial string. The latter requires the Whole Words Only option to be disabled. The string can contain the wildcard characters ? (single character) and * (any group of characters).
Wildcards are always case insensitive.
Each string searched will be added to the field's drop-down list for quick retrieval.

Scope

  • Sheet Scope - use this field to determine the scope of the text search in terms of the draftsman documents involved. Choose from the following options:
    • Current Page - search the current active page.
    • Entire Document - search across the entire draftsman document.
  • Selection - use this field to further constrain the scope of the search based on the current selection status of objects. Choose from the following options:
    • Selected Objects - limit the search to only those objects that are currently selected.
    • DeSelected Objects - limit the search to only those objects that are currently deselected.
    • All Objects - no limitation; search all objects irrespective of their selection status.
  • Identifiers - use this field to further constrain the scope of the search based on the type of text-based object. Choose from the following options:
    • All Identifiers - no limitation; search across all text-based objects (text strings, text frames, pins, net identifiers, and designators).
    • Texts - limit the search to only text.
    • Designators Only - limit the search to only component designators.

Options

  • Case sensistive - enable this option to perform a case-sensitive search, meaning the target text must match the case of the search text entered into the Text To Find field.
  • Whole Words Only - enable this option to restrict the search to whole words only. This means the search text must exist fully as is and not be part of a larger text string. For example, if this option is enabled, when looking for "cat", the software will not consider the first three letters of "category" - a valid search match. Disable this option to freely search for partial strings.

Tips

  1. Where a search yields multiple matches, the Find text - Jump (Draftsman) dialog opens. Use this dialog to jump between the matching search results.

 

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