Altium Designer: Features, Hotkeys

Altium Designer is a PCB design software that has been in the industry for more than 30 years. The Altium Designer is a comprehensive design tool that offers the user an impressive set of features to create their PCB.

It includes many tools and functions to help with designing, editing and laying out circuits. These include schematic capture, PCB layout, 3D PCB viewing and simulation. You can also simulate your circuit before you even solder it together!

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Features

The availability of Schematic and PCB design in one package, with an included Bootloader project is a huge advantage for designers. No need to switch between programs!

Designers can import their schematic designs into the PCB editor to quickly create parts that are electrically equivalent on both sides of the board. This saves time and helps reduce errors significantly.

You won’t be bogged down by mistakes from uploading component footprints or schematics into Altium Designer with our inbuilt auto checker which ensures you have all your components correctly placed within the device outline before uploading it into software. It also checks if there are any conflicts between parts like connectors clashing with each other when they should go next to each other instead.

Autorouting is a great way to save time when it comes to routing your PCB. This feature intelligently places copper on the board and automatically adjusts its path as you place parts, saving hours of tedious work!

Another nifty feature for reducing errors are the exploded views in Altium Designer that help designers see how their design will look before they commit too much.

Useful Hotkeys

General hotkeys

F1Access technical documentation for the resource currently under the cursor in particular commands, dialogs, panels, and objects
Ctrl+OOpen any existing document using the Open dialog
Ctrl+F4Close active document
Ctrl+SSave active document
Ctrl+Alt+SSave and release the defined entity
Ctrl+PPrint active document
Alt+F4Exit Altium Designer
Ctrl+TabCycle forward to the next open tabbed document, making it the active document in the design workspace
Shift+Ctrl+TabCycle backward to the previous open tabbed document, making it the active document in the design workspace
F4Toggle the display of all floating panels
Shift+F4Tile all open documents
Shift+F5Toggle the focus between the last active panel and the currently active design document in the main design window
Alt+Right ArrowStep forward to the next document in the sequence of documents that have been made active in the main design window
Alt+Left ArrowStep back to the previous document, in the sequence of documents that have been made active in the main design window
F5Refresh the active document when that document is a web-based document
Hold Ctrl while moving a panelPrevent automatic docking, grouping, or snapping
Drag and drop from Windows Explorer into Altium DesignerOpen a document, project, or design workspace
Shift+Ctrl+F3Move to the next message (down) in the Messages panel and cross-probe to the object responsible for the message in the associated document (where supported)
Shift+Ctrl+F4Move to the previous message (up) in the Messages panel and cross-probe to the object responsible for the message in the associated document (where supported)

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