Altium Designer's Explorer panel, in conjunction with your connected Workspace, caters for powerful searching functionality. You can either perform generic-level searching, or targeted searching through the use of saved search configurations. The latter allows you to search, with respect to your components, by a particular component type and also use ranged searching – a nice aspect of searching facilitated through unit-aware component parameter data types (supported through a referenced component template). Additionally, you can add a keyboard shortcut to your saved searches that allows you to quickly perform a search from wherever you are within the Explorer panel.
To be able to fully appreciate and use all aspects of the Explorer panel's search facility when searching across your components, you need to meet the following requirements:
Be running Altium Designer and ensure the Component Template Editor and Explorer extensions are installed as part of that installation.
Resistors, if editing a generic resistor). A variety of predefined component types are available, with the ability to create new ones where needed.
Power, etc.), set the data type accordingly – thus making those parameters unit-aware. A number of unit-aware component parameter data types are supported.
The interface for the search facility – the Search view – is accessed through the Explorer panel by clicking the Search tab at the bottom-left of the panel. The view is comprised of three key elements, as shown in the following image and detailed thereafter.
To create a new saved search, right-click in the Saved Searches region and choose New from the context menu. The New Search dialog will appear, in which to define the search.
Use the dialog to configure a component search as follows:
Give the search a meaningful name (e.g.
Set the Content Type field to
Component. The drop-down listing includes all supported content types for the Workspace (allowing other searches to be created based on other content types).
Componentcontent type will be listed. For each parameter, the following three options can be defined:
Default Value – use this field to constrain use of a parameter to a particular value, or range.
With the search defined as required, click the Add button. The search will be saved as an entry under
Generic Search in the Saved Searches region of the view.
A saved search can be applied in the following ways:
Filtering of components will be performed based on the defined search criteria, and the results presented in the corresponding results region. If any parameters have their option to Show Filter enabled, as part of the applied saved search, dedicated fields for those parameters will be available above the results list.
For those parameters whose filter fields are shown:
Make any adjustments as necessary and press Enter to apply the revised filtering.
To modify an existing saved search, select it in the Saved Searches region, right-click and choose Edit from the context menu. The Edit: [<SavedSearchName>] dialog will appear, from where to make any changes to the search as required.
Once changes have been made, click the Save button – the search will be applied in accordance with its new settings.
To remove an existing saved search, select it in the Saved Searches region, right-click and choose Delete from the context menu. Click Yes in the subsequent confirmation dialog – the search will be removed from the listing of saved searches.