I am routing a PCB in Altium 21.

I cannot seem to figure out how to show component outlines and designators on the PCB.

As of now components only show the pads.

How do I enable the component outline and designators in the 2D PCB view?

  • \$\begingroup\$ Is it in single-layer mode? Shift-S one or more times. \$\endgroup\$ Jul 8, 2021 at 17:44
  • \$\begingroup\$ If cycling through Shift-S does not show the other layers, check that those other layers are visible within the Layers section of the View Configuration. \$\endgroup\$
    – gcr
    Jul 8, 2021 at 20:56

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Hit Shift-S to make sure you are not in single layer mode. Then hit L and select the layers you want to see. (another way to get to it is through design->boardlayers and colors)

While in this mode you can choose standard views, create your own (with your own colors) or select which layers are visible.


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