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This page provides you with an overview of the basic controls you will need to begin creating projects in Schematic. The page includes instructional videos, keyboard and mouse commandswindow layout basics, and selecting/deselecting objects 

After reviewing this page, you can move on to the next section, Drawing a Schematic

PADS Maker Schematic Videos

Below are some videos that will give you an overview of how to use PADS Maker Schematic

Videos have been included throughout the wiki to illustrate some of the features of PADS Maker Schematic.

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Getting Started with PADS Maker Schematic

This video offer a brief introduction to PADS Maker Schematic and its features. It covers the following:

  • Starting a Project
  • Windows Customization
  • Tooltips for Assistance

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Using PartQuest

This video covers the following:

  • Searching in PartQuest
  • Integration with PartQuest
  • Placing PartQuest parts in the Schematic

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PADS Maker Schematic Keyboard and Mouse Commands

This guide will introduce you the basics of navigation within PADS Maker Schematic, including pan, zoom, and shortcut keys.

Pan and Zoom

There are many ways to pan and zoom to change the view of the schematic in the editor.

Pan and Zoom with the Mouse Scroll Wheel

To pan using the mouse scroll wheel while the cursor is over the Schematic Editor window, click-and-hold the wheel, and move the mouse to the part of the schematic that you wish to pan to. 

Pan and Zoom with Keyboard Commands

Use i to zoom in and o to zoom out. Alternate Method: Press the Ctrl key and scroll the mouse wheel to zoom in or out.

The Home key zooms to the full page of the design.

To Zoom Area, press Z and click-and-drag over the area you want to zoom in on.

  • Zoom In- Move mouse Left to Right
  • Zoom Out- Move mouse Right to Left

To Zoom Selected, select an object in the schematic and press Shift + Z.

Pan and Zoom with the Navigation View Window

To activate the Navigation View window, select View Navigation View from the main menu, or click the  icon at the bottom right of the application. 

To pan, click-and-drag inside the orange view box, moving it to the desired area.

To zoom, you can do any of the following:

  1. Click-and-drag the borders of the orange view box. The box will retain the aspect ratio of the Schematic Editor window.
  2. Use the slider located on the right side of the Navigation View window to zoom in and out. Move the slider up to zoom in, down to zoom out.
  3. With the cursor in the Navigation View window, use the mouse scroll wheel to manipulate the size of the orange view box.

Zoom with the Menu or Toolbar

You can access Zoom InZoom OutZoom Area, and Zoom Selected by selecting View in the main menu. Any of these actions can be added to a toolbar for convenient access.

To zoom in on a specific area in the Schematic Editor, select Zoom Area and click-and-drag over the area that you want to zoom in on.

  • Zoom In- Move mouse from Left to Right
  • Zoom Out- Move mouse from Right to Left

To zoom in on a particular object in the schematic, select the object and click Zoom Selected.

Visit PADS Maker Schematic Shortcut Keys.

PADS Maker Schematic Windows Basics

PADS Maker Schematic's flexible user interface allows you to conveniently structure your workspace according to your needs. Below, you will find the default configuration for PADS Maker Schematic windows and brief descriptions of their functions:

  1.  Project Navigator—Displays all sheets and design objects within the open schematic in a collapsible tree
  2. Schematic Editor—Opened projects appear in this window. Also, the Start page is tabbed here by default.
  3.   Properties—Displays the properties of selected design objects
  4. Footprint Preview—Displays assigned footprint for selected symbol
  5. Parts—The Parts and Ouptut windows may share a space. Tabs at the bottom of the window toggle between the two. You may also view/place these windows separately. Parts displays the contents of the symbol libraries and PartQuest downloads.
  6. OutputThe Output and Parts windows may share a space. Tabs at the bottom of the window toggle between the two. You may also view/place these windows separately. Output displays information about various processes in PADS Maker Schematic.

 Opening and Closing Windows

  • Use the View pull-down menu to toggle windows between visible (open) and hidden (closed).
  • You can close a window by clicking the  in the window title bar. Closing a tabbed schematic window will close the sheet in that window.

 Customizing Window Layouts

After the window behavior for each window by Right clicking on the top bar of a given window to see the following options:

  • Docked window (title bar > right-click >  ) 
    By default, the windows stay in a specified location within the PADS Maker Schematic interface. You can remove them from view or change their display setting to a floating window.
  • Floating window (title bar >   >   ) 
    You can display your windows as floating entities outside of the main PADS Maker Schematic interface.
  • Pinned and unpinned (Auto-Hide) windows 
     A pinned window is one that is viewable on the P SchADS Makerematic workspace. 
     An unpinned window (auto-hidden) is quickly retrievable from a tab on the side of the PADS Maker Schematic workspace. The retrieved window will auto-hide when activating another window.
  • Tabbed window/document (title bar >  >  )
    Converting a window into a tabbed document will group it with the schematic window, making it accessible via a tab at the top of the window. You can click and drag the tabs to reorder them, or click  to close a tab. If you have more than one tab open, a new group of tabs can be created by right-clicking on a tab and selecting New Horizontal Tab Group or New Vertical Tab Group. To combine a tab with its previous group, right-click the desired tab and select Move to Previous Tab Group.
  • To save a customized Window Layout (Window Layouts> )
    Save your Window Layout by going to the upper right-hand side of the PADS Maker Schematic window and click on the green icon next to Window Layouts
  • You will receive a pop-up asking you to name your layout and save it. Once saved, your new layout name will appear in the drop-down menu next to Window Layouts.

Repositioning Windows

You can drag-and-drop any window to nearly any position. As you drag a window, icons help guide your new window location so you can easily visualize where the window will appear after placement. You can reposition any window using this procedure except Schematic windows.


  1. Click-and-drag a window's title bar to reposition the window. As you begin to drag the window, window placement icons display as shown below. 
  2. Position the cursor on one of the window position icons. PADS Maker Schematic highlights the area where it will place the window so you can decide if this is what you intended.
  3. Release the left mouse button and PADS Maker Schematic will reposition the window.

Saving and Restoring a Window Configuration

You can configure PADS Maker Schematic windows in many different ways to accommodate your design needs. The following procedures explain how to save window configurations (in .wsp files) and restore these configurations to your design session:

 Save a Window Configuration

  1. Select the  icon next to Window Layouts in the upper right-hand corner of the PADS Maker Schematic window.
  2. A pop-up will ask you to name and save your new layout. Click OK to save to configuration. 
  3. Once saved, the new layout will display in the drop-down menu next to Window Layouts. You can choose the Default layout to return to previous Window Layout settings. 

Restore a Window Configuration

Select the Default layout from the drop-down menu next to Window Layouts.

Restoring the Default Window Configuration

If you would like to restore the window layout to the default PADS Maker Schematic configuration, select from the menu bar Window/Load Default Layout or in the top right corner by Windows Layouts: Select Default. 

Selecting/Deselecting Objects

Selecting and deselecting objects in PADS Maker Schematic is fairly straightforward, but there are a few tips described below that will save you time when working with many objects in the Schematic Editor.

Selecting Objects

To select an object in the Schematic Editor, simply click on the object. 

To select more than one object, do one of the following:

  • Ctrl + left-click each object you wish to select. The previously selected objects will remain selected.
  • Click-and-drag a selection box (shaded blue) around a group of objects you wish to select. All objects completely encompassed by the box will be selected.
  • To select all objects within an open sheet, go to Edit Select All.

A selected object remains selected until you deselect it, delete it, or select something else.

Filtering Which Objects to Select

You can filter which kind of design objects to select by going to View > Selection Filter to open the Selection Filter window. Uncheck the boxes beside any type of design object that you do not want to include in your selections when working in the Schematic Editor.



The Selection Filter settings are saved for the next time you open PADS Maker Schematic, for any project that you open.

From the drop-down menu, you can filter your selection further or select All. You can also click on Tools/Settings/Schematic Editor/Selection Filter to name and specify your new filter. Select the items and click Add.

You can also click on Tools/Settings/Schematic Editor/Selection Filter to name and specify your new filter. Select the items and click Add to enter a name for the filter.

You can also select the Selection Filter icon .

Deselecting Objects

To deselect all selected objects, left-click in an empty area of the schematic.

To deselect certain selected objects, do one of the following:

  • Ctrl + left-click any object you want to deselect.
  • Hold the Ctrl key, then click-and-drag a box around a group of objects you want to deselect. A shaded box will appear around the objects being deselected as shown below. 

On a net where only some segments are selected, the following rules apply:

  • If you Ctrl + left-click a selected segment, only that segment is deselected.
  • If you Ctrl + left-click a deselected segment, the entire net or bus is deselected.
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