Drill Table

Parent page: PCB Objects

The Drill Table presents a live summary of all drill holes present in the board.


A drawing table, also known as a drill table or a drill drawing legend, is a standard element required for manufacture of a Printed Circuit Board. The drill table lists the size and number of holes for each drill used on the board. Each drill size can be represented by a symbol, a letter or the actual hole size. When a drill drawing is generated for the board, each actual drill site is marked by a symbol as shown in the image below. The drill table updates in real time; as hole-containing objects such as pads and vias are placed or removed from the PCB design, the table updates.


A Drill Table can only be placed in the PCB editor. Note that the drill table must be placed on the Drill Drawing layer; it will be enabled and selected automatically during placement. To place a drill table, click Home | Board | .


After launching the command, a drill table will appear attached to the cursor. Position the table in a suitable location outside the board then click to place it.

While attributes can be modified during placement (Tab to bring up associated properties dialog), keep in mind that these will become the default settings for further placement.

Graphical Editing

Moving a Drill Table

Click and hold anywhere within the drill table then move it to a new location.

Interactively Resizing a Drill Table

The drill table is automatically sized based on the specified Text Height setting, as well as the number of different hole sizes (rows) and the number of defined columns. To interactively resize the table, click once to select it then click and hold on a corner vertex. The Confirm dialog will open and report that the table is locked. Click Yes to continue and resize the table. Note that interactively resizing the table will also increase the font size.

An object that has its Locked property enabled cannot be selected or graphically edited. Double-click on the locked object directly then disable the Locked property to graphically edit the object.

Non-Graphical Editing

The following methods of non-graphical editing are available:

Editing via the Properties Dialog

Dialog page: Drill Table

This method of editing uses the following dialog to modify the properties of a drill table object.

The Drill Table dialog

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

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

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

Drill Table Sort Order

To sort the drill table, click the required column heading. A small triangle will appear that indicates the current sort direction. Click a second time to reverse the sort direction. Multi-level sorting is supported by holding the Shift key as you click to sub-sort by a second (or third) column. In the image below, the table has been sorted by:

  1. Plated (to separate plated from non-plated), then
  2. Hole Type (to order holes to Round then Slot then Square), then
  3. Finished Size (to order by size).

Sort the drill table by clicking the column headings; hold shift and click to sub-sort by other columns.

Controlling the Assignment of Symbols or Characters

When Symbols are chosen, the software automatically assigns a symbol for each hole size. This automatic assignment can be overridden, if required, in the PCB Hole Size Editor. To display the PCB Hole Size Editor, select it in the drop-down at the top of the PCB panel. Click on a Symbol in the Hole Size Editor to display the Symbol Selection dialog and change the style of that Symbol or choose a Letter (Character) instead.

Configure the assignment of Symbol-to-hole size in the PCB Hole Size
editor (PCB panel). The assignments are stored in the PCB file.

There are a total of 15 symbols available, as shown below. If there are more than 15 different hole sizes in the PCB then letters are automatically assigned.

The 15 pre-defined graphical symbols that are available.

Editing via the PCB Inspector Panel

Panel page: PCB Inspector

The PCB Inspector panel enables you to interrogate and edit the properties of one or more design objects in the active document. Used in conjunction with appropriate filtering, the panel can be used to make changes to multiple objects of the same kind, from one convenient location.


The drill table will appear on all output that includes the Drill Drawing layer. The image below shows an example of drill drawing output, showing each drill site marked by the symbol that has been assigned to that hole size. This example output also include the Drill Guide layer, which adds a small cross at each hole site.  

Example output of the Drill Drawing layer showing the Drill Table next to the board with each drill site marked by the appropriate hole size symbol.


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