For context, I am using a component from Altium's Vault Explorer and I want to make a few edits to it. Thus I downloaded the component SCH, but the parameters did not copy over.

Is there an easy method to copy the parameters from a Vault Explorer component and paste them into a component in the SCH Library?

  • \$\begingroup\$ I don't use vault, but did you try placing the component on a schematic then copying it? \$\endgroup\$ – Spehro Pefhany Aug 22 '17 at 17:54
  • \$\begingroup\$ I can do that, but I want the component in the SCH Library to contain the parameter information, so that if I or someone else places a new component, that new component will contain the parameter information. \$\endgroup\$ – Shicon Wen Aug 22 '17 at 22:41
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    \$\begingroup\$ If you copy the component from a schematic into a library it should retain the parameter information. \$\endgroup\$ – Spehro Pefhany Aug 22 '17 at 23:09
  • \$\begingroup\$ Woah that worked! I didn't even know you could do that. Thank you @Spehro! :D \$\endgroup\$ – Shicon Wen Aug 23 '17 at 0:01
  • \$\begingroup\$ I'll make it an answer for posterity. \$\endgroup\$ – Spehro Pefhany Aug 23 '17 at 0:24

You can insert the component into any schematic, copy it, then open the target library SCH and paste the part in. All the parameters will be preserved.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Oops I just finished writing an answer. Should I leave the answer or delete it? \$\endgroup\$ – Shicon Wen Aug 23 '17 at 0:27
  • \$\begingroup\$ Leave it and I'll up-vote- you added some detail like the ?. \$\endgroup\$ – Spehro Pefhany Aug 23 '17 at 0:29

Thanks to @Spehro for answering the question in the comments.

To copy the parameters from a Vault Explorer component into your SCH Library:

  1. Place the Vault Explorer component onto your schematic.
  2. Copy the component (ctrl+c)
  3. Paste the component into your SCH Library (ctrl+v)
  4. Double-click on the pasted component in SCH Library. "Library Component Properties" window should pop up
  5. Under "Properties" in the "Default Designator" box replace the number with a "?"

You should now be able to use the component normally.


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