Applied Parameters: Mode=Special
This command is used to access the Paste Special dialog, which enables you to control what happens to certain object attributes when they are pasted back into the workspace.
With one or more objects already available on the clipboard, this command is accessed from the PCB Editor and the PCB Library Editor by choosing the Edit » Paste Special command from the main menus.
After launching the command, the Paste Special dialog will open. Depending on the specific content being pasted, the following attributes can be controlled:
- The objects can be pasted onto the current layer rather than the default paste behavior of pasting to the same layer from which the source objects were copied.
- Ability to keep any assigned net naming.
- Ability to duplicate the designator (for a pasted component).
- Ability to add a pasted component to the same Component Class as the original source component.
Setup the options as required then click the Paste button to start the paste operation. The content will appear floating on the cursor. The cursor position relative to the content is determined by the reference point designated when Cut or Copy was used to add the selection to the clipboard. Position the content at the required position within the design workspace then click or press Enter to paste.
The following additional operations can be performed while the content is still floating on the cursor:
- Press the Spacebar to rotate the content counterclockwise or Shift+Spacebar for clockwise rotation. Rotation is in accordance with the value for the Rotation Step defined on the PCB Editor – General page of the Preferences dialog.
- Press the X or Y keys to flip the content along the X-axis or Y-axis respectively.
- Press the Alt key to constrain the direction of movement to the horizontal or vertical axis, depending on the initial direction of movement.
- Clicking the Paste Array button in the Paste Special dialog will open the Setup Paste Array dialog, which allows you to paste multiple copies of the clipboard objects into the current document.
- You can also paste content onto the current layer directly in the workspace using the Alt+Insert keyboard shortcut.