Altium NEXUS Documentation

InsertText

Created: July 7, 2017 | Updated: September 19, 2017

Parent page: SystemDesigner Commands

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


Applied Parameters: None

Summary

This command is used to place a Text Box object onto the active Multi-board Schematic document (*.MbsDoc).

For a high-level look at multi-board design within Altium NEXUS, see Designing Systems with Multiple Boards.

Access

This command can be accessed from the Multi-board Schematic Editor by:

  • Choosing the Place » Text command from the main menus.
  • Locating and using the Text 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.
  • Right-clicking in the workspace and choosing the Place » Text command from the context menu.

Use

After launching the command, the cursor will change to a cross-hair and you will enter text placement mode. Placement is made by performing the following sequence of actions:

  1. Click to anchor the starting point (first corner) of the text box.
  2. Move the cursor to adjust the size of the text box and click to anchor the opposite vertex, thereby completing placement.
  3. Continue placing further text boxes, or right-click, or press Esc, to exit placement mode.
The default text for a newly placed text box is New Text (unless otherwise changed as part of the defaults for this primitive type, on the Multi-board Schematic - Defaults page of the Preferences dialog). Text can only be changed through the Properties panel. Multi-line text is also supported.

Tips

  1. Placement will observe snapping options for the document, if enabled. Snapping can be defined in the General section of the Properties panel (set to present the Document Options, when no objects are selected in the workspace).
  2. A text box can be graphically modified after placement. Click on its text to select it - editing handles will appear at its four corners. Click and drag a handle to resize the text box. Click on its text and drag to move to a different location within the workspace.
  3. Most aspects of a placed text box are available for editing through the Properties panel. If the panel is already open, simply select a placed text box to populate the panel with its associated properties. If the panel is not open, double-click on the text to access it.
  4. Defaults for this primitive type can be defined on the Multi-board Schematic - Defaults page of the Preferences dialog.

 

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