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I'm following the tutorial series on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLEBQazB0HUyR24ckSZ5u05TZHV9khgA1O, specifically the "An Intro to KiCad" videos. I'm using KiCad 5.1.2 on macOS, while he uses an older version on Windows, so some of the user interface elements have moved. However, I've been able to figure out what I need to, until now.

I'm on part 6 ("Place Parts and Define Outline"), and he's setting up design rules as published by a board fab (OSH Park in this case: https://docs.oshpark.com/design-tools/kicad/kicad-design-rules/). I was able to find the setting for solder mask clearance in File > Board Setup..., but I don't see anything about minimum track width or via settings, and the Global Design Rules appear to be gone altogether.

Since I'm just following along in the tutorial and don't intend to actually send boards out for production, I'm not worried about having design rules in place... yet. It seems like I might be interested in defining these rules if and when I actually do get around to making real boards.

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They have moved to the Board Settings in the top left corner of the toolbar:

Board Settings

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  • \$\begingroup\$ That's the same dialog as File > Board Setup…, and it doesn't contain the same settings that were in Global Design Rules in earlier versions of KiCad. \$\endgroup\$ – Craig S. Cottingham Jun 17 at 1:38
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Okay, @Seth gets partial credit, but the thing I was really missing was that in the new Board Settings dialog, "Design Rules" in the left sidebar isn't just a folder containing panes of settings, but a pane containing settings of its own. The settings I was looking for are contained on that pane.

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