Parent page: Sch Panels
The SCH Library panel enables you to view and make changes to the components stored in the active schematic library document. The panel also offers the ability to pass on any changes made to components in the library directly to the schematic design document, and also to define model linking for a component.
The panel is accessed from the schematic library editor in the following ways:
The panel's sections offer a different scope of the component parameters in the active SCH Library:
As you click on a component entry in the list, it will become the active part in the design editor window. The design editor window is editable, allowing you to change the symbol for the component and add, edit, or remove linked models for the component as required. Selecting a Pin object in the panel causes the corresponding graphical object to be highlighted (and zoomed) in the editor workspace. In this way, the SCH Library panel offers a fast and easy way to browse, view and access schematic library components and pins.
The contents of the Components list can be filtered, enabling you to quickly find a particular component within the library. This is especially useful if the library contains a large number of items. Filtering can be applied using one of the methods described in the following sections.
This filtering method uses the search field at the top of the panel to filter the contents of the list. The name masking is applied based on the entry in the field. Only those components in the list targeted by the scope of the entry will remain displayed.
The filtering feature is not case sensitive and supports 'type-ahead' functionality, meaning that the content of the Components list is filtered as you type.
* wild card operator for more elaborate filtering. For example, typing
MN* will display only component footprints whose names begin with
AD. Or, as in the image below, typing
*r34 will display only component footprints where the body of the name contains
This method is available for all regions in the panel and allows you to quickly jump to an entry by directly typing within the area of the list. Masking is not applied, leaving the full content of the list visible at all times.
To use the feature for quickly finding a component footprint, click inside the Components section of the panel then type the first letter of the component footprint to which you want to jump. For example, if you wanted to quickly jump to component entries starting with the letter R, you would press R on the keyboard. The first component in the list starting with R would be made active.
If there are multiple Design Item IDs starting with the same letter and especially if the library is particularly large, type additional letters to target the specific entry you require. For example, type res to highlight the first of the RES series in the list.
In some situations, it may be helpful to use indirect and direct filtering simultaneously. If, for example, you know that the component you want to locate has a sub-type variant of
BRMZ and a prefix of
AD74, this information can be used as Indirect (Mask) and Direct entries, respectively.
As you click on a entry in the Components list, it will become the active part in the design editor window and for the four buttons located directly beneath the list. These buttons provide the following commands that can be used with respect to the list of components:
The Supplier section of the panel lists the physical components from a range of part suppliers that are linked to the currently selected component. Each listed supplier link provides full details of the part including the vendor, manufacturer, part number, description, and pricing. The window beneath the list shows a representative part image and its detailed parameters.
You can remove the selected link entry by clicking the Delete button. Click Add to open the Add Supplier Links dialog in which you can search all current suppliers for a suitable match using a keyword entry.
The Components section of the panel is always displayed, however, the subsequent panel sections can be set to be displayed or hidden.
This is achieved using the associated arrow located to the right of a panel section:
Right-clicking on an entry in the Components list will open a menu of commands.
The commands are as follows:
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