Parent page: Schematic Objects
A text frame is a non-electrical drawing primitive that is used to define an area on a schematic to contain textual information. The frame is a re-sizeable rectangular area that can contain multiple lines of text and can automatically wrap and clip text to keep it within the bounds of the frame.
Text frames are available for placement in both the Schematic and Schematic Library editor using the following commands:
After launching the command, the cursor will change to a cross-hair and you will enter text frame placement mode. Placement is made by performing the following sequence of actions:
Additional actions that can be performed during placement while the text frame is still floating on the cursor and before its first corner is anchored are:
This method of editing allows you to select a placed text frame object directly in the workspace and change its size, shape or location graphically.
When a text frame object is selected, the following editing handles are available:
The textual content of a text frame can be edited in-place by:
The following methods of non-graphical editing are available:
Panel page: Text Frame Properties
This method of editing uses the associated Properties panel mode to modify the properties of a text frame object.
During placement, the Text Frame mode of the Properties panel can be accessed by pressing the Tab key.
After placement, the Text Frame mode of the Properties panel can be accessed in one of the following ways:
The Properties panel supports multiple object editing, where the property settings that are identical in all currently selected objects may be modified. When multiples of the same object type are selected manually, via the Find Similar Objects dialog or through a Filter or List panel, a Properties panel field entry that is not shown as an asterisk (
*) may be edited for all selected objects.
In addition to providing a Word Wrap option, the Text Frame mode of the Properties panel 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 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 frame using the Text Margin property in the Properties panel.
When editing text in-place directly within the text frame (as opposed to using the Properties panel), the defined margins are not present. They will be reapplied after editing is complete and the text changes applied.
A List panel allows you 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 applicable 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 you to target and edit multiple design objects with greater accuracy and efficiency.