Altium NEXUS Documentation


Created: June 6, 2017 | Updated: August 1, 2018
Applies to Altium NEXUS Client versions: 1.0, 1.1, 2.0, 2.1, 3.0, 3.1, 3.2, 4 and 5
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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 then clicking and holding on an object in the workspace.


Position the cursor over the object to be moved and activate the feature (you can release the Shift and Ctrl keys if you want after starting to move the object). The object will appear floating on the cursor. Move the object to the desired position then release the left mouse button to effect placement. Right-click or press Esc while 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 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 counterclockwise or Shift+Spacebar for clockwise rotation. Rotation is in increments 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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