Altium Designer Documentation

Configuring Schematic Text Frame Object Properties in Altium Designer

Created: April 9, 2021 | Updated: September 10, 2021
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Parent page: Text Frame

Schematic Editor object properties are definable options that specify the visual style, content and behavior of the placed object. The property settings for each type of object are defined in two different ways:

  • Pre-placement settings – most Text Frame object properties, or those that can logically be pre-defined, are available as editable default settings on the Schematic - Defaults page of the Preferences dialog (accessed from the  button at the top-right of the design space). Select the object in the Primitive List to reveal its options on the right.

  • Post-placement settings – all Text Frame object properties are available for editing in the Text Frame dialog and the Properties panel when a placed Text Frame is selected in the design space.

If the Double Click Runs Interactive Properties option is disabled (default) on the Schematic - Graphical Editing page of the Preferences dialog, when the primitive is double-clicked or you right-click on a selected primitive then choose Properties, the dialog will open. When the Double Click Runs Interactive Properties option is enabled, the Properties panel will open. 
While the options are the same in the dialog and the panel, the order and placement of the options may differ slightly. 

In the below properties listing, options that are not available as default settings in the Preferences dialog are noted as "Properties panel only".

Location (Properties panel only)

  • (X/Y)
    • X (first field) - the current X (horizontal) coordinate of the reference point of the object, relative to the current design space origin. Edit to change the X position of the object. The value can be entered in either metric or imperial; include the units when entering a value whose units are not the current default. 
    • Y (second field) - The current Y (vertical) coordinate of the reference point of the object, relative to the current origin. Edit to change the Y position of the object. The value can be entered in either metric or imperial; include the units when entering a value whose units are not the current default. 

Properties

  • Text - enter the desired text.
To add a new line of text, use Ctrl+Enter, Shift+Enter, or Alt+Enter
  • Word Wrap - enable this option to have text contained within the text frame area automatically wrap to fit the width of the text frame.
  • Clip to Area - enable this option to have text only appear within the area of the text frame. If the text is too long to fit entirely within the text frame, then the complete contents of the text box will not be shown. The text will be clipped so that it fits neatly within the text frame area. If this option is disabled, all text contained in the text frame will be displayed. If the text is too long to fit within the text frame, then the text will "spill" out of the text frame area.
  • Font - use the controls to change the font, font size, color, and special characteristics such as bold and underlining. 
  • Alignment - click the desired alignment setting.
  • Text Margin - enter the desired text margin.
  • Width - enter the width, if you desired to change it.
  • Height - enter the height, if you desire to change it.
  • Border - check to enable borders. Use the drop-down to select the default from the available choices. Click on the color box to the right to access a drop-down from which you can select the default border color.
  • Fill Color - check to enable fills. Click on the color box to access a drop-down from which you can select the default fill color.
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