How to remove the schematic grid in OrCAD Capture?

When you need to navigate your schematic in OrCAD Capture, seeing the schematic page grid can help you place components. However, you may get distracted or bothered by the ‘dots’ that are shown by default.

OrCAD Capture Grid (Dots)

The grid display gets even more distracting when trying viewing the lined grid setting…

OrCAD Capture Grid (Lines)

*shivers* The full grid with lines may work for some designers, but for others (such as the author) a grid can be distracting or even stressful.

If having the grid option on is distracting for you or you are just curious about the grid option, here are the steps to remove the visible grid dots and lines in OrCAD Capture.

The OrCAD Capture Options Menu

  • Go to the OrCAD Capture (or Allegro Design Entry HDL) top menu bar and select OptionsPreferences. The Preferences window will appear.
  • Select the Grid Display tab, then under “Schematic Page Grid”, under the “Visible” section, uncheck “Displayed”.
OrCAD Capture - Options - Uncheck Visible Grid Display
  • Be sure to click OK the bottom of the Preferences window.
  • The window will close, then voila! No more grid!

Now that you have cleared the grid in Capture, you can focus more easily on your work.

Interestingly enough, if you try to print the schematic, by going to File – Print Preview…, then click OK your preview should not show any dots or lines when it prints the schematic.

Remembering the steps to remove the grid…

To commit these steps to memory, you can create an acronym or abbreviation, like G.R.I.D. could stand for Grid Removal is an option In Display. Think of creative ways you can help yourself memorize the steps until they become second nature to you.

What if you don’t want to remember all the steps to do a simple task? Just use a discovery-based approach. The Capture software menu progresses from left to right based on the most likely tasks you need done in each stage of the schematic capture flow.

The software company, Cadence Design Systems, placed the Options and customizable features towards the end, maybe to get you started as quickly as possible with their default settings. It could be easy to get lost in the ‘setup’ and preferences phase and not get a project started as quickly, if they placed on the far left of the menu for the user to see first.

Where you can learn more

  • If you want to learn more about using Capture for schematics, PSpice for simulations and PCB Designer (similar to Allegro) for PCB design, come back regularly for new blog posts.
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