Parent page: Schematic Objects
A note is a non-electrical drawing primitive. It is used to add informational or instructional text to a specific area within a schematic, in a similar vein to that of commenting a program's source code. The note is a resizable rectangular area that can contain multiple lines of text and can automatically wrap and clip text to keep it within the bounds of the note.
Notes are available for placement in the Schematic Editor only, by choosing Place » Notes » Note from the main menus.
After launching the command, the cursor will change to a cross-hair and you will enter note placement mode. Placement is made by performing the following sequence of actions:
Additional actions that can be performed during placement – while the note is still floating on the cursor, and before its first corner is anchored – are:
This method of editing allows you to select a placed note object directly in the workspace and change its size, shape or location, graphically.
A note can be displayed in either expanded (full frame) or collapsed (small triangle) modes. Toggle the display mode by clicking on the top left corner of a placed note.
When a fully expanded note object is selected, the following editing handles are available:
When a note is fully expanded, the textual content of that note can be edited in-place by:
The size and shape of a note cannot be changed graphically when it is in collapsed mode, only its location/orientation. As such, editing handles are not available when a collapsed note object is selected:
When a note is in collapsed mode, hovering the cursor over it will display a pop-up containing the name of the note's author and the actual text content of the note.
The following methods of non-graphical editing are available:
Dialog page: Note
This method of editing uses the Note dialog to modify the properties of a note object.
The Note dialog can be accessed prior to entering placement mode, from the Schematic – Default Primitives page of the Preferences dialog. This allows the default properties for the note object to be changed, which will be applied when placing subsequent notes.
During placement, the dialog can be accessed by pressing the Tab key.
After placement, the dialog can be accessed in one of the following ways:
Clicking the Change button associated to the Text field will give access to the Note Text dialog, from where you can enter the text for the note as required.
In addition to providing a Word Wrap option, the main Note dialog provides a Clip to Area option. This option comes into play if word wrapping is disabled. With this option enabled, text will be kept within the bounds of the note's frame. When disabled, text will spill out of the frame onto the schematic sheet.
Specify a single value to apply equally to Left, Top, Right and Bottom margins for the current note, using the Text margin property in the Note dialog.
When editing text in-situ, directly within the note's frame (as opposed to using the Note Text dialog), the defined margins are not present. They will be reapplied after editing is complete and the text changes applied.
The SCH Inspector panel enables the designer to interrogate and edit the properties of one or more design objects in the active document. Used in conjunction with appropriate filtering - by using the SCH Filter panel, or the Find Similar Objects dialog - the panel can be used to make changes to multiple objects of the same kind, from one convenient location.
The SCH List panel allows the designer to display design objects from one or more documents in tabular format, enabling quick inspection and modification of object attributes. Used in conjunction with appropriate filtering - by using the SCH Filter panel, or the Find Similar Objects dialog - it enables the display of just those objects falling under the scope of the active filter – allowing the designer to target and edit multiple design objects with greater accuracy and efficiency.