Altium Designer Documentation

Copy

Created: July 27, 2015 | Updated: April 11, 2017

Parent page: Schematic Commands

The following pre-packaged resources, derived from this base command, are available:


Applied Parameters: ClipboardMode=ClipboardRing

Summary

This command is used to copy the selected object(s) from the current document to the clipboard.

Access

This command can be accessed from the Schematic Editor, and the Schematic Library Editor by:

  • Choosing the Edit » Copy command from the main menus.
  • Clicking the  button on the Schematic Standard toolbar (Schematic Editor), or Sch Lib Standard toolbar (Schematic Library Editor).
  • Using the Ctrl+C keyboard shortcut.
  • Right-clicking over the selected object and choosing the Copy command from the context menu.

Use

First, ensure that the object(s) that you want to copy are selected in the main design workspace. After launching the command, the cursor will change to a cross-hair and you will be prompted to select a reference point. This is a coordinate relative to the selected object(s) and is used to accurately position the selection when using the Paste command. Position the cursor as required and click, or press Enter - the selection will be copied to the clipboard.

Tips

  1. The copied object(s) are added to the Clipboard panel. The panel can store a number of objects that can be added (pasted) to various document types within Altium Designer at any stage, allowing for multiple copy/paste operations.
  2. The Clipboard panel supports a variety of data formats, depending on the origin and object type. It can be set to display either only objects copied or cut from within the Altium Designer environment, or the entire Windows clipboard - controlled by the Monitor clipboard content within this application only option, on the System - General page of the Preferences dialog. Be aware that not all data types are supported by each design editor (PCB Editor, Schematic Editor, etc), and that objects that are not supported will not be pasted.
  3. Clipboard panel content is not persistent across design sessions. All content will be cleared when the software is closed and restarted.


Applied Parameters: ClipboardMode=ClipboardRing|Action=CopyAsText

Summary

This command is used to copy the currently selected design object(s) to the clipboard, in textual format. This information can then be pasted into any text field or external text document.

Access

This command is accessed from the Schematic Editor and the Schematic Library Editor, by choosing the Edit » Copy As Text command, from the main menus.

Use

First, ensure that the object(s) that you want to copy are selected in the main design workspace.

After launching the command, the cursor will change to a cross-hair and you will be prompted to select a reference point. This is a coordinate relative to the selected object(s) and is used to accurately position the selection when using the Paste command. Position the cursor as required and click, or press Enter - the text of text-based objects in the selection (annotations, hyperlinks, notes, text frames, net labels, offsheet connectors, ports, power ports, etc)  will be copied to the clipboard.

Tips

  1. The copied object(s) are added to the Clipboard panel. The panel can store a number of objects that can be added (pasted) to various document types within Altium Designer at any stage, allowing for multiple copy/paste operations.
  2. The Clipboard panel supports a variety of data formats, depending on the origin and object type. It can be set to display either only objects copied or cut from within the Altium Designer environment, or the entire Windows clipboard - controlled by the Monitor clipboard content within this application only option, on the System - General page of the Preferences dialog. Be aware that not all data types are supported by each design editor (PCB Editor, Schematic Editor, etc), and that objects that are not supported will not be pasted.
  3. Clipboard panel content is not persistent across design sessions. All content will be cleared when the software is closed and restarted.

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