When viewing a PCB (.pcbdoc) layout in Altium, is there a way to search for a specific component by name? Like "highlight C35 and show it on the screen"?

  • \$\begingroup\$ (Not the same as electronics.stackexchange.com/q/256883/142, which is about PDF files) \$\endgroup\$
    – endolith
    Apr 17, 2017 at 20:56
  • \$\begingroup\$ Alternatively, if you are working in a project and have the schematic open, you can click on the component in the schematic and it should be highlighted on the PCB. \$\endgroup\$ Apr 17, 2017 at 21:16

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Key in 'j', 'c', and enter the designator. "(J)ump"->"(C)omponent".

This works in the schematic editor as well.

Alternatively, open the PCB panel, and select 'Components' in the top drop-down selection. Sort the available columns by designator, and click on the component of choice.

The zoom level and highlight mode, for the targeted component, are both configurable in preferences.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Where in the world is this documented!? How can I learn these things on my own? \$\endgroup\$
    – topher217
    May 11, 2022 at 4:50
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    \$\begingroup\$ Search the official Altium forum for 'hotkeys' or 'shortcuts'. Also: altium.com/documentation/altium-designer/shortcut-keys. However, the J-C combo is likely a menu-defined 'Accelerator' key sequence (described on the same page). There are too many to remember them all, so one typically 'keys-in' on a few select favorites. ;~) \$\endgroup\$ May 11, 2022 at 13:46

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