Harness Entry

Parent page: Sch Dialogs

The Harness Entry dialog


This dialog provides controls to specify the properties of a Harness Entry object. A Harness Entry is an electrical design primitive that is placed within a Harness Connector. A Harness Entry is the connection point through which signals - through wires, buses, and other signal harnesses - are combined to form a higher level Signal Harness. Signal Harnesses enable the logical grouping of different signals for increased flexibility and streamlined design.

For information on how a placed sheet entry object can be modified graphically directly in the workspace, see Graphical Editing.


The Harness Entry dialog can be accessed during placement by pressing the Tab key (while the harness entry is still floating on the cursor and while it is within the bounds of a harness connector).

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

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


  • Text Color - click the color sample to change the text color for the harness entry using the standard Choose Color dialog.
  • Text Style - use this field to determine how the text for the harness entry is displayed when bus syntax is used. Choose from the following options:
    • Full - choose this option to display the net identifier information in full. For example, the N[0..7] net identifier string will be shown as N[0..7].
    • Prefix - choose this option to display only the prefix of the net identifier, ignoring the bracketed portion. For example, the N[0..7] net identifier string will be shown as N.
  • Text Font - this control serves two purposes. First, it reflects the currently chosen font for the text in terms of Font Name, Font Size and Font Style. Second, when clicked it provides access to the standard Font dialog in which you can change the font as required.
Effects are also displayed when enabled (Strikeout, Underline). If Regular is used for the font's style, this will not be displayed visually in the control's string.


  • Name - the current name of the harness entry. This name uniquely identifies this harness entry within its parent harness connector. All entries within the same harness connector must be unique.
If you need to negate (include a bar over the top of) the harness entry name, include a backslash character after each character in the name (e.g., E\N\A\B\L\E\).
  • Position - the current position of the harness entry in relation to the top of the harness connector. Enter a greater value to move the harness entry further down.
  • Harness Type - this field is used to specify a Harness Type for a particular signal harness system in the design. It is typically left blank when a wire or bus is connected to the harness entry, and is used only when another signal harness itself is connected. The Harness Type itself is defined either manually in the associated Harness Definition File, or as part of the properties of a Harness Connector. The associated drop-down lists all currently defined Harness Types detected across the source schematic documents of the active project.
When the harness entry is physically connected to another signal harness (facilitating nested signal harnesses), it will automatically inherit that harness's type. The Harness Type field will populate with that harness's type and become read-only.
  • Locked - enable this option to protect the harness entry from being edited graphically.
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.


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