Altium Designer Documentation

Zoom

Modified by Jason Howie on Sep 27, 2017

Parent page: Schematic Commands

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


Applied Parameters: Action=Document

Summary

This command is used to display the entire area of the current document.

Access

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

  • Choosing the View » Fit Document command from the main menus.
  • Right-clicking in the workspace (Schematic Library Editor only) and choosing the View » Fit Document command from the context menu.
  • Pressing the V key in the workspace to access the View pop-up menu, then choosing the Fit Document command.
  • Pressing the Z key in the workspace to access the Zoom pop-up menu, then choosing the Sheet command.

Use

After launching the command, the view in the main design window will change to present the entire schematic sheet.


Applied Parameters: Action=All

Summary

This command is used to display all design objects on the current document.

Access

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

  • Choosing the View » Fit All Objects command from the main menus.
  • Right-clicking in the workspace (Schematic Library Editor only) and choosing the View » Fit All Objects command from the context menu.
  • Using the Ctrl+PgDn keyboard shortcut.
  • Pressing the V key in the workspace to access the View pop-up menu, then choosing the Fit All Objects command.
  • Pressing the Z key in the workspace to access the Zoom pop-up menu, then choosing the All command.
In the Schematic Editor, the command can also be accessed by clicking the  button on the Schematic Standard toolbar.

Use

After launching the command, the view in the main design window will change to present all design objects in the workspace.


Applied Parameters: Object=Window

Summary

This command is used to zoom into a user-defined area of the current document.

Access

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

  • Choosing the View » Area command from the main menus.
  • Right-clicking in the workspace (Schematic Library Editor only) and choosing the View » Area command from the context menu.
  • Pressing the V key in the workspace to access the View pop-up menu, then choosing the Area command.
  • Pressing the Z key in the workspace to access the Zoom pop-up menu, then choosing the Window command.
In the Schematic Editor, the command can also be accessed by clicking the  button on the Schematic Standard toolbar.

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. Position the cursor and click, or press Enter, to anchor this corner. You will then be prompted to select the second corner. Move the cursor to size the zoom area and click, or press Enter, to anchor this second corner. The display will change, with the specified area centered in the main design window.


Applied Parameters: Object=Point

Summary

This command is used to redefine the display area about a specified point in the current document.

Access

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

  • Choosing the View » Around Point command from the main menus.
  • Pressing the V key in the workspace to access the View pop-up menu, then choosing the Around Point command.
  • Pressing the Z key in the workspace to access the Zoom pop-up menu, then choosing the Around Point command.
In the Schematic Library Editor, the command can also be accessed by right-clicking in the workspace and choosing the View » Around Point command from the context menu.

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. Position the cursor and click, or press Enter, to anchor this center point. You will then be prompted to select the corner of the zoom window. Move the cursor to size the zoom area and click, or press Enter, to anchor the corner. The display will change, with the specified area centered in the main design window around the specified center point.


Applied Parameters: Action=ZoomIn

Summary

This command is used to bring the design closer to you, relative to the cursor position, in the current document.

Access

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

  • Choosing the View » Zoom In command from the main menus.
  • Right-clicking in the workspace (Schematic Library Editor only) and choosing the View » Zoom In command from the context menu.
  • Using the PgUp keyboard shortcut.
  • Pressing the V key in the workspace to access the View pop-up menu, then choosing the Zoom In command.
  • Pressing the Z key in the workspace to access the Zoom pop-up menu, then choosing the Zoom In command.
In the Schematic Library Editor, the command can also be accessed by clicking the  button on the Sch Lib Standard toolbar.

Use

Launch the command to zoom in on a particular section of the design. Use the command repeatedly to zoom in to a greater extent.

Tips

  1. As 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.
  2. This command can be used, through its respective keyboard shortcut, even while another process is running (for example while in placement mode).
  3. You can use the mouse to zoom in to a region of the document by one of the following methods (where applicable and depending on how the buttons of your mouse might be assigned):
    1. Hold the Ctrl key and roll the mouse wheel upward. Use of the Ctrl key is a default setting that can be changed from the System - Mouse Wheel Configuration page of the Preferences dialog.
    2. Hold both the Ctrl key and the right-mouse button, then move the mouse forward.
    3. Hold the right (first) and left (second) mouse buttons, then move the mouse forward.
    4. Click and hold the mouse wheel, then move the mouse forward.


Applied Parameters: Action=ZoomOut

Summary

This command is used to move the design away from you, relative to the cursor position, in the current document.

Access

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

  • Choosing the View » Zoom Out command from the main menus.
  • Right-clicking in the workspace (Schematic Library Editor only) and choosing the View » Zoom Out command from the context menu.
  • Using the PgDn keyboard shortcut.
  • Pressing the V key in the workspace to access the View pop-up menu, then choosing the Zoom Out command.
  • Pressing the Z key in the workspace to access the Zoom pop-up menu, then choosing the Zoom Out command.
In the Schematic Library Editor, the command can also be accessed by clicking the  button on the Sch Lib Standard toolbar.

Use

Launch the command to zoom out from a particular section of the design. Use the command repeatedly to zoom out to a greater extent.

Tips

  1. As 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.
  2. This command can be used, through its respective keyboard shortcut, even while another process is running (for example while in placement mode).
  3. You can use the mouse to zoom out from a region of the document by one of the following methods (where applicable and depending on how the buttons of your mouse might be assigned):
    1. Hold the Ctrl key and roll the mouse wheel downward. Use of the Ctrl key is a default setting that can be changed from the System - Mouse Wheel Configuration page of the Preferences dialog.
    2. Hold both the Ctrl key and the right-mouse button, then move the mouse backward.
    3. Hold the right (first) and left (second) mouse buttons, then move the mouse backward.
    4. Click and hold the mouse wheel, then move the mouse backward.


Applied Parameters: Action=Pan

Summary

This command is used to redraw the view in the main design window, placing the location marked by the cursor - prior to launching the command - at the center of the window.

Access

This command is accessed from the Schematic Editor, and Schematic Library Editor, by using the Home keyboard shortcut.

Use

After launching the command, the location in the workspace directly underneath the cursor prior to the launch, will be centered in the main design window.

Tips

  1. As this command uses the cursor position, it is a good idea to position the cursor in the desired location, prior to launching the command.
  2. The zoom-level remains unchanged when using this command. If the present zoom-level does not allow for the centering of the location, the document will be horizontally scrolled, such that the location is horizontally centered in the main design window.
  3. Hold the right mouse button down to display the slider (panning) hand cursor, then drag to move your view of the workspace.


Applied Parameters: Action=Redraw

Summary

This command is used to refresh the screen, in effect performing a redraw of the current document, to remove any undesirable drawing update effects.

Access

This command is accessed from the Schematic Editor, and Schematic Library Editor, by using the End keyboard shortcut.

Use

After launching the command, the main design window is refreshed and the content of the window is redrawn.

Tips

  1. This command does not affect the current view setting for the workspace.


Applied Parameters: Object=Selected

Summary

This command is used to change the view in the main design window, such that all selected objects are visible.

Access

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

  • Choosing the View » Selected Objects command from the main menus.
  • Pressing the V key in the workspace to access the View pop-up menu, then choosing the Selected Objects command.
  • Pressing the Z key in the workspace to access the Zoom pop-up menu, then choosing the Selected Objects command.
In the Schematic Editor, the command can also be accessed by clicking the  button on the Schematic Standard toolbar.

Use

First, ensure that all objects that you wish to zoom in upon are selected.

After launching the command, the view in the main design window will change to fit all selected objects. Depending on the number of objects selected and their respective locations, the selection will be zoomed and centered in the window.


Applied Parameters: Action=Last

Summary

This command is used to return the display to the previous view of the screen, in the current document.

Access

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

  • Choosing the View » Zoom Last command from the main menus.
  • Pressing the V key in the workspace to access the View pop-up menu, then choosing the Zoom Last command.
  • Pressing the Z key in the workspace to access the Zoom pop-up menu, then choosing the Last command.
In the Schematic Library Editor, the command can also be accessed by right-clicking in the workspace and choosing the View » Zoom Last command from the context menu.

Use

After launching the command, the main design window will show the previous view of the current document. Use the command repeatedly to toggle back and forth between current and previous views.

 

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