Altium Designer Documentation


Created: July 27, 2015 | Updated: June 6, 2017
Now reading version 17.1. For the latest, read: MoveSingleObject for version 21
Applies to Altium Designer versions: 15.1, 16.0, 16.1, 17.0 and 17.1

Parent page: Schematic Commands

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

Applied Parameters: None


This feature is used to move a single object in the current document. The object does not need to be selected beforehand to use this feature.


This command can be accessed from the Schematic Editor and the Schematic Library Editor, by pressing Shift+Ctrl and clicking and holding on an object in the workspace.


Simply position the cursor over the object to be moved and activate the feature (you can release the Shift and Ctrl keys if you wish after starting to move the object). The object will appear floating on the cursor. Move the object to the desired position and release the left mouse button to effect placement. Right-click, or press Esc, whilst the object is floating on the cursor, to cancel the move.

Additional actions (where applicable) that can be performed during movement – while the object is still floating on the cursor - are:

  • Press the Tab key to access an associated properties dialog, from where properties for the object can be changed on-the-fly.
  • Press the Alt key to constrain the direction of movement to the horizontal or vertical axis, depending on the initial direction of movement.
  • Press the Spacebar to rotate the object anti-clockwise or Shift+Spacebar for clockwise rotation. Rotation is in steps of 90°.
  • Press the X or Y keys to mirror the object along the X-axis or Y-axis respectively.


  1. Connectivity is not maintained when using this feature. If connectivity needs to be maintained during a move, use the Drag Single Object command instead.
  2. If an object is locked and you try to move it, you will be prompted with a confirmation dialog alerting you to this, and asking if you want to continue.
  3. The Schematic Editor/Schematic Library Editor automatically stacks objects, text and graphics in layers. Each object is on a different layer depending on the creation order and therefore it is possible to place objects so that they overlap. The objects created or added recently are always on the top layer. When using this feature to reposition an object, the object will retain its original order in the stack.


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