Parent page: PCB Dialogs

The Coordinate Dialog.


This dialog allows you to modify the attributes of a Coordinate object. A coordinate is a group design object, used to mark the X (horizontal) and Y (vertical) distance of a point in the design workspace relative to the current origin.


The dialog can be accessed during placement by pressing the Tab key.

After placement, the dialog can be accessed in the following ways:

  • Double-click on the placed object.
  • Place the cursor over the object, right-click and choose Properties from the context menu.


  • Line Width - Specify the width of the 2 line segments used to mark the coordinate location.
  • Size - Specify the length of the 2 line segments used to mark the coordinate location.
  • Text Width - Specify the line width of the display text.
  • Text Height - Specify the height of the display text.
  • Location X - Specify the X location of the coordinate marker.
  • Location Y - Specify the Y location of the coordinate marker.


  • Layer - Specify the layer on which the object is placed. Coordinates can be placed on any available layer.
  • Unit Style - Select how the Units should be displayed. Available options include:
    • None: No units are displayed, only the coordinates [eg. 1220, 3400].
    • Normal: Units are displayed after each value [eg. 1220mil, 3400mil].
    • Brackets: Units are displayed in brackets at the end of the coordinate [eg. 1220, 3400 (mil)].
  • LockedCheck this box to lock the object. If you attempt to graphically modify an object that has its Locked property enabled, a dialog will appear asking for confirmation to proceed with the edit.

Select TrueType Font

  • Font Name - use this field to choose the required TrueType font. The drop-down list is populated with TrueType and OpenType (a superset of TrueType) fonts found in the \Windows\Fonts folder. Note, the list will only include entries for detected (and uniquely named) root fonts. For example, Arial and Arial Black will be listed but Arial Bold, Arial Bold Italic, etc will not. Use the Bold and Italic options to add emphasis to the text.
  • Bold - enable this option to make the comment text bold.
  • Italic - enable this option to make the comment text italic. 

To toggle the units of measurement used in the open dialog between metric (mm) and imperial (mil), press the Ctrl+Q shortcut. This affects the dialog only and does not change the actual measurement unit currently employed for the board, as determined by the Home | Grids and Units | Metric or Imperial setting chosen on the Ribbon.


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