Parent page: Schematic Objects

A placed Note


A note is a non-electrical drawing primitive. It is used to add informational or instructional text to a specific area within a schematic, similar to that of commenting a program's source code. The note is a resizeable rectangular area that can contain multiple lines of text and can automatically wrap and clip text to keep it within the bounds of the note.


Notes are available for placement in the Schematic Editor only by clicking Home | Graphical Elements |  from the main menus.


After launching the command, the cursor will change to a cross-hair and you will enter note placement mode. Placement is made by performing the following sequence of actions:

  1. Position the cursor and click or press Enter to anchor the first corner of the note.
  2. Move the cursor to adjust the size of the note then click or press Enter to complete placement.
  3. Continue placing further notes, or right-click or press Esc to exit placement mode.

Additional actions that can be performed during placement – while the note is still floating on the cursor, and before its first corner is anchored – are:

  • Press the Tab key to access an associated properties dialog, from where properties for the note can be changed on-the-fly.
  • Press the Alt key to constrain the direction of movement to the horizontal or vertical axis, depending on the initial direction of movement.
  • Press the Spacebar to rotate the note counterclockwise or Shift+Spacebar for clockwise rotation. Rotation is in increments of 90°.
  • Press the X or Y keys to mirror the note along the X-axis or Y-axis respectively.

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

This method of editing allows you to select a placed note object directly in the workspace and change its size, shape or location graphically.

A note can be displayed in either expanded (full frame) or collapsed (small triangle) modes. Toggle the display mode by clicking on the top left corner of a placed note.

Click the triangle in the top-left corner to collapse a note.

When a fully expanded note object is selected, the following editing handles are available:

A selected Note (fully expanded)

  • Click and drag A to resize the note in the vertical and horizontal directions simultaneously.
  • Click and drag B to resize the note in the vertical and horizontal directions separately.
  • Click anywhere on the note – away from editing handles – and drag to reposition it. While dragging, the note can be rotated (Spacebar/Shift+Spacebar) or mirrored (X or Y keys to mirror along the X-axis or Y-axis respectively).

When a note is fully expanded, the textual content of that note can be edited in-place by:

  1. Single-clicking the note to select it.
  2. Single-clicking again (or pressing the Enter key) to enter the in-place editing mode. Sufficient time between each click should be given to ensure the software does not interpret the two single-clicks as one double-click (which would open the note's properties dialog).
  3. To finish editing in-place text, either click away from the note or press the green check button (). If you decide the change made is not needed, press the red cross button () to discard the change.

The available right-click menu provides standard editing commands such as Cut, Copy, Paste and Delete. In addition, if the Word Wrap option is disabled in the Note dialog, a horizontal scroll bar will also be available when editing the text in-situ.

Example in-place editing, with word wrapping enabled (top)
and disabled (bottom)

The size and shape of a note cannot be changed graphically when it is in collapsed mode, only its location/orientation can be changed. As such, editing handles are not available when a collapsed note object is selected:

A selected Note (collapsed)

  • Click anywhere inside the dashed box and drag to reposition the note as required. The note can be rotated or mirrored while dragging.

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:

Via an Associated Properties Dialog

Dialog page: Note

This method of editing uses the Note dialog to modify the properties of a note object.

The Note dialog

The 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 note object.
  • Place the cursor over the note object, right-click then choose Properties from the context menu.

Clicking the Change button associated to the Text field will open the Note Text dialog, from where you can enter the text for the note as required.

Entering text using the associated Note Text dialog.

Wrapping and Clipping Text

In addition to providing a Word Wrap option, the main Note dialog provides a Clip to Area option. This option comes into play if word wrapping is disabled. With this option enabled, text will be kept within the bounds of the note's frame. When disabled, text will spill out of the frame onto the schematic sheet.

Example of word wrapping and the effect of clipping.

Specifying Text Margins

Specify a single value to apply equally to Left, Top, Right and Bottom margins for the current note using the Text margin property in the Note dialog.

To benefit from the text margin functionality within the area of the note's frame, ensure that the Clip to Area option is enabled. Ideally, the Word Wrap option should also be enabled.
Negative margins also are possible by using the minus prefix (-).

Example note with a Text margin setting of 20 (Default DXP Units, equivalent to 200mil)

When editing text in-situ directly within the note's frame (as opposed to using the Note Text dialog), the defined margins are not present. They will be reapplied after editing is complete and the text changes are applied.

Margins are not shown while graphically modifying the text in-situ.

Via an Inspector Panel

Panel pages: SCH Inspector, SCHLIB Inspector

An Inspector panel enables you to interrogate and edit the properties of one or more design objects in the active document.


  1. While notes can be rotated or mirrored along the X or Y axis, this has no effect on the orientation of the text within.


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