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See Schematic Editor Settings .

See Symbol Editor Settings.

PADS Maker Schematic Settings

The following guide will list the settings available in the PADS Maker Schematic Settings. To access the settings menu, go to Tools > Settings. To access these settings, make sure you are in the PADS Maker Schematic window when you go to Tools.


In Project, you can define Special Components, Border Symbols, and Property Definitions. 

Clicking on the ellipses to the right of each option will open up a a file directory to which you can name and save your file. Notice the drop-down menu to the bottom right of the pop-up window; this drop-down menu allows you to specify the type of file you are saving for either Special Components (*.ini), Border Symbols File (*.ini), or Property Definitions File (*.prp).

Symbol Libraries

Here you can either Import or copy a library from another project into your current project. Importing a library will add the library to your Parts window whereas copying will provide a reference to parts in another library. If you are copying a library, the symbols in the copied library will be stored in your current library once they are used in your schematic. You may only Import or copy the library of a project that has a SYM sub-folder. For both Importing and copying, select the project name to import.

  1. To import a library, select the Import button.
  2. From the pop-up window, select the symbol to select a project from your files. You must choose a project name that has a SYM sub-folder.
  3. Select the project name whose library you would like to import, and then click "Ok" to add that library to your current project. When finished, click "Ok" under the Symbol Libraries window.

To copy a library, click on the symbol in the upper right-hand corner of the Symbol Libraries window, and then repeat steps 2-3. Remember to choose the project name to which the library you want to copy is located. That project must also have a SYM sub-folder. 

Schematic Editor

New Sheets

You can add new sheets and specify their size and orientation.


You can specify text position and size as shown below.

Selection Filters

The Selection Filters allow you to select groups of data at a time.

Symbol Editor

Although the Symbol Editor contains its own, slightly different Settings window, the Symbol Editor section of PADS Maker Schematic Settings is identical to the Symbol Editor Settings in Symbol Editor. To learn more about the Symbol Editor section, see Symbol Editor Settings below.

Symbol Editor Settings are repeated here for your convenience.


Display allows you to choose what will be displayed on your schematic.



Symbol Editor Settings

Symbol Editor Settings are similar to PADS Maker Schematic Settings, but whereas the PADS Maker Schematic Settings allow you to set overarching variables like your project's name and directory, Symbol Editor Settings only allow you to manipulate a particular chosen symbol and its immediate environment. Also notice that under Schematic Editor in Symbol Editor Settings you aren't given the option to add new sheets like you could in PADS Maker Schematic Settings. Other than the omission of New Sheets, the Schematic Editor in Symbol Editor Settings is identical to that of Schematic Editor Settings.

To get to the Symbol Editor Settings window, right click on the symbol in your schematic that you would like to alter and select Edit Symbol.

This will open up your selected symbol in a new window, the Symbol Editor. See The Symbol Editor .

Next, go to Tools > Settings from your toolbar to access the Settings window below.


To modify your display settings in Symbol Editor, go to Tools > Settings > Symbol Editor > Display. Display settings in Symbol Editor allow you to add rulers to the display and change your font.

To display the rulers, check the Rulers box and click Apply (if you have other settings to change) if this is the last change, then click OK

 To change the font, click on the ellipses  next to the font type listed. This action will open up the following window in which you can change various aspects of your font. Remember to click Apply and then OK once you have made your changes.

Symbol Default Properties

In the Symbol Default Properties menu you can check which default properties you want to display on symbols in the Symbol Editor. To get to Symbol Default Properties, go to Tools > Settings > Symbol Editor > Symbol Default Properties.

Pin Default Properties

This section allows you to place a Name and Value above or below your pins.

To add the Name property, click the box next to Name and click in the cell to open up the drop-down menu. You can choose either #, NC, or PINTYPE as your first pin name. However, names can't be reused, so once you pick a specific name, that name will not be available in the drop-down menu for the next pin. Once you have chosen a name, a second row will automatically be added to give you the option of another pin.

Once you have chosen a name, a second row will automatically be added to give you the option of another pin.

Notice how the # option is missing from the Name drop-down menu for the second pin.

Next you can set a Value for you pin by clicking in that cell and typing in a value.

Now you can choose a position for your labels with respect to your pins. Just as with Name, clicking on the Position cell will reveal a drop-down menu with all of your options.

Symbol HLA Properties

This property stands for Symbol Hyperlynx Analog Properties. For now, these properties aren't available, but the Symbol HLA was added to Settings for future use.

Display- filed defect as this doesn't seem to do much

Objects Adjust color, line style,, etc using this menu


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