The Edit Nets dialog is a dialog that allows you to view, change and delete nets in your design. You use the Edit Nets dialog to define the connections to be made in your circuit board:

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For example you might want to create a net for a clock signal that connects a clock to two ICs.

alt To create a new net:
  1. Choose Nets | Edit Nets... The Nets dialog appears, as shown above.
  2. Click Create Net...
  3. Type the name of the new net (e.g. Clock, Ground, H4, etc). Click OK.
  4. On right side of the dialog click on a pin that belongs in the new net and click <. (Click > to remove a pin from a net.) Refer to the circuit schematic during this process.
  5. Continue to select and move pins until all pins to be included in the net are listed in the "Pins in net" area.
  6. Click OK.
  7. You will now see the new net in the main Nets dialog. Click OK.

Note The "Pins in net:" list may contain grey pins.  Grey pins are pins that have electrical contact with the net but don't belong to the net. Use the "Add Grey" button to add such pins to the net.

alt To edit an existing net:
  1. Choose Nets | Edit Nets... The Nets dialog appears.
  2. Select the net to edit.
  3. Review pins shown in the "Pins in net" list.  The right list contains all pins available on the board excluding those belonging to the selected net.
  4. To remove a pin from the net, select it and click >.
  5. To add a pin to the net from the right side list, select it and click <.  The pin moves to the "Pins in net" list..
  6. To quickly locate a pin in the list, use the Search for pin field.
  7. Continue editing nets.
  8. Click OK when finished.
alt To delete an existing net:
  1. Choose Nets | Edit Nets... The Nets dialog appears.
  2. Select the net to delete;
  3. Check the "Delete traces connected to this net" checkbox if you wish the traces to be also deleted.
  4. Click Delete Net....
  5. Click OK.
alt To sort the net list by name:
  1. Click the name column header.
  2. Click again to reverse sorting.
alt To print a list of all nets and assigned pins:
  1. Choose Nets | Edit Nets... The Nets dialog appears.
  2. Click Print Netlist... The Print dialog appears.  Select the desired print settings; click OK.
alt To change what the internal layers of four layer circuit boards are connected to:
  1. Create two new nets to be assigned to the two internal layers (e.g. MyInternal1 and MyInternal2)
  2. In the Edit Nets | "1st" column set check mark next to MyInternal1
  3. In the Edit Nets | "2nd" column set check mark next to MyInternal2
  4. Note: The 1st internal layer is located under the top copper layer and the 2nd internal layer is located above the bottom layer
alt To assign Empty net to all free pins:
  1. Choose Nets | Edit Nets... The Nets dialog appears.
  2. Select Empty net in the Nets list.
  3. Check "Show free pins only" checkbox.
  4. Click "<<" button.
  5. Click OK.
alt To indicate if a net is to be routed by Auto-router:
  1. Choose Nets | Edit Nets... The Nets dialog appears.
  2. Select the net to enable/disable auto-routing for.
  3. Set check in the "Route" column to allow auto-routing. Clear check for the Auto-router to completely ignore the net.
  4. Click OK.
alt To specify/change trace width for a net to use by Auto-router:
  1. Choose Nets | Edit Nets... The Nets dialog appears.
  2. Select the net to specify/change trace width for.
  3. Click the "Trace width" field. If editing did not start, click the field again.
  4. Specify/change the trace width.
  5. Click OK.

Note The dialog is modeless. While the dialog is displayed clicking a pin selects the net of the pin in the dialog.