The cursor is the icon that moves across the screen when you move your mouse. You can view your current activity via the cursor shape as shown in the table below. For example, the "hand" icon tells you that you are in Pan mode.

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Select (default)

When Selecting objects is active and the left mouse button is down over an empty space, moving the mouse causes a selection rectangle to appear. Objects that fall inside the rectangle get selected. To unselect objects click in an empty space. Double clicking in an empty space toggles between Scrolling and Selecting.

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Move

When the selection tool is active and the mouse cursor is positioned over an object, clicking select the object. Moving the mouse while the left mouse button is down causes an object or group of selected objects to move.

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Zoom

Indicates Zooming is active.
Clicking zooms in, right-clicking zooms out, dragging zooms to a specified rectangular area.

Zoom-In

Zoom in

Indicates layout is being zoomed in with Zoom tool when mouse button is pressed.

Zoom-Out

Zoom out

Indicates layout is being zoomed out with Zoom tool when mouse button is pressed.


Hand-Tool

Pan

Indicates Scrolling the board is active.
Dragging scrolls the workspace, double clicking the workspace toggles between Pan and Selection tools.

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Draw

Indicates that the Footprint, Pad, Multi-layer Pad, Via, Distance, or Trace tool is active. A preview of chosen footprint or pad is displayed beside cursor. Click to place object into layout.

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Insert text

Mouse cursor is positioned over an empty space and Text tool is active.
Clicking inserts text.

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Edit text

Mouse cursor is positioned over a text object and Text tool is active
Double-clicking edits text.

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Draw shape

Indicates Polygons tool is active.
Clicking starts creation of a polygon, double-clicking ends drawing, right-clicking cancels drawing.

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Draw circle

Indicates Circles tool is active.
Clicking starts creation of a circle.

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Draw arc

Indicates Arcs tool is active.
Clicking starts creation of an arc.