Is there a simple way to toggle kicad layers? For now, I am able only to manually tick the respective layer boxes. Is there a way to optimize this task, e.g. layer profiles?


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In the PNS router, before you begin placing a new track, press the v key to toggle between your paired layers. Correspondingly, after you begin laying the track, v will place a via (and switch you to the paired layer).

If you wanted to switch to a specific layer, the default hotkeys are:

  • Top Copper -- PgUp
  • Bottom Copper -- PgDown
  • Inner Layer 1 -- F5
  • Inner Layer 2 -- F6
  • Inner Layer 3 -- F7
  • Inner Layer 4 -- F8
  • Inner Layer 5 -- Shift-F5
  • Inner Layer 6 -- Shift-F6

You can shift up and down layers with + and -

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    \$\begingroup\$ Can you change the layer of a track you just started (and realised it should go to a different layer) without aborting routing first? \$\endgroup\$
    – silverdr
    Sep 23, 2018 at 12:58
  • \$\begingroup\$ @silverdr No, because the routing is explicitly tied to the starting net and its associated layer \$\endgroup\$
    – Seth
    Sep 23, 2018 at 16:23
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    \$\begingroup\$ this is kind of disappointing. "The other software", which I am now in the process of leaving behind makes no problem with that. You start routing, you realise you used the wrong layer so you change it on-the-fly with one click. I get that KiCAD still doesn't allow that. \$\endgroup\$
    – silverdr
    Sep 24, 2018 at 17:32

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