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When I try to draw a line in the Keep-Out Layer in Altium by clicking the tab for the Keep-Out Layer and placing a line, the layer suddenly changes to a different one and prevents me from adding to the Keep-Out Layer. Additionally, when I try to place a line and press the Tab key and try to select the Keep-Out Layer from the Layer dropdown box, it doesn't appear in the list. How can I add shapes to the Keep-Out Layer?

Thanks!

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Altium doesn't allow you to draw standard primitives on the keepout layer. Instead you need to use the Place -> Keepout menu. From within the menu you can select which type of primitive you want to draw on the keepout layer.

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1) Make sure your in PCB mode (not board edit mode) by pressing 2 OR view->2D layout mode

2) Try changing your layers options in view configurations (on mine by pressing L key) OR by changing the 2D viewing mode.

The place to change the board shape is in the board edit mode

This is instructions on how to properly draw a keepout layer

One more idea: as a workaround you might be able to make a shape on a different layer and then open up the properties for that shape or line and change it to keepout.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Hope one of those might help \$\endgroup\$ – Voltage Spike Nov 2 '17 at 23:21
  • \$\begingroup\$ All of those are what I am doing. The problem is that when I go to place a shape in the Keepout layer, it does not let me. \$\endgroup\$ – Billy Kalfus Nov 2 '17 at 23:36
  • \$\begingroup\$ One more idea... \$\endgroup\$ – Voltage Spike Nov 3 '17 at 2:17
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The only thing that seems to work is Place/KeepOut/Track. Which is interesting because this places a line not a trace. What used to work was P/L while keepout was selected.

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One thing that you can do is convert the track/primitive (in my case a drawing imported from .dwg) to keepout, that worked out form me:

Select the objects then go to: Tools>Convert>Convert Selected Primitives to Keepouts

Select the objects then go to: Tools>Convert>Convert Selected Primitives to Keepouts

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