Altium NEXUS Documentation


Created: December 14, 2021 | Updated: December 14, 2021

Parent page: PcbDrawing Commands

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

Applied Parameters: None


This command is used to place a Counter Hole View object into the active Draftsman document (*.PCBDwf) as a single drawing view object.

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. For detailed information about this object type, see Counter Hole View.


This command can be accessed from the PcbDrawing Editor by:

  • Choosing the Place » Additional Views » Counter Hole View command from the main menus.
  • Locating and using the Counter Hole View command () on the Active Bar.
If the command has been recently used from the Active Bar, it will become the active/visible button. Where other commands are available, this is indicated by a triangle at the bottom-right corner of the button. Click and hold on the active button to access a menu of all associated commands for that grouping.
  • Clicking the  button on the Drawing Views toolbar.
  • Right-clicking in the workspace and choosing the Place » Additional Views » Counter Hole View command from the context menu.


After launching the command, drawing data is retrieved from the source PCB file, the cursor will change to a cross-hair and the rendered Counter Hole View is attached to the cursor. Move the cursor to the desired position then click to confirm the placement. When dragging a Counter Hole View with the Left ViewSide selected in its properties, use the Spacebar to rotate the view through 90° increments. A default counter hole is initially shown, however, the view can be changed in the Properties panel to specify any available pad with a counter hole feature from the source PCB design.


  1. A Counter hole View can be graphically modified after placement. Click and drag the view to move it to a different location within the current sheet. 
  2. Most aspects of a placed Counter Hole View are available for editing in the Properties panel. If the panel is already open, select a placed Counter Hole View to populate the panel with its associated properties. If the panel is not open, double-click on the view to access it.


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