When I do the track selection in KiCAD and click Select -> Connected Tracks it also selects tracks connected through vias on the back of the board.

I only want to select tracks on the current layer. Is there a good way to do this?

  • \$\begingroup\$ Please note the question is not asking about selection in general, but rather about a very specific mechanism for selecting connected tracks. The goal is to get that to capture only the pieces on the current layer. That said, the goal is perhaps ambiguous - if a route goes through a via to another layer then comes back to the original layer elsewhere on the board, should the other piece be selected too? \$\endgroup\$ Commented Dec 13, 2019 at 16:37
  • \$\begingroup\$ Could you explain your usecase? Maybe there is a different route to get the same result without needing this feature. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Dec 13, 2019 at 17:05
  • \$\begingroup\$ I don't know of a better method than deleting the via before selecting all connected tracks ("U" shortcut), most of the time it is just fine (the via needed to move anyway) but sometimes it can be annoying as you'll need to re-place the via afterwards. \$\endgroup\$
    – eeintech
    Commented Dec 13, 2019 at 23:05

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Try enabling enabling high contrast mode (View -> Contrast mode -> High contrast mode or CTRL+H)

  • \$\begingroup\$ While this might be useful for other needs, it's unclear why you think this would help with the problem of the question, and in fact testing confirms it does not solve the problem. Perhaps re-read the question and consider exactly what is being asked? \$\endgroup\$ Commented Dec 13, 2019 at 16:35
  • \$\begingroup\$ I thought the purpose of this would be highlighting the net, since performing any edits on net, that spans multiple layers seems to be of very limited (if any) use \$\endgroup\$
    – stiebrs
    Commented Dec 14, 2019 at 19:11

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