Chapter 3: Hierarchy
3-6: Exports
3-6-3: Export Deletion and Movement

You can delete an export simply by selecting its name and using the Selected command of the Edit / Erase menu (or typing the Delete key). You can also use the Delete Export command (in menu Export).

To remove many exports at once, the Delete Exports on Selected command removes all exports on all highlighted nodes. Also, the Delete Exports in Highlighted Area command removes only those exports that are in the selected area. When an export is deleted, all arcs connected to that port on instances of the current cell (higher up the hierarchy) are also deleted (see Section 2-3).

To move export text, simply select it and drag it. The location of the text has no effect on the location of the export: moving the text is only for improvement of the display. However, if you check "Move node with export name" in the Ports/Exports Preferences (in menu File / Preferences..., "Display" section, "Ports/Exports" tab), then moving an export name will cause the node (and the export) to move as well.

It is sometimes desirable to keep an export but to transfer it to another node. If a cell is in use higher in the hierarchy, unexporting and then reexporting deletes all existing connections. Instead, the Move Export command (in menu Export) can be used. Before using this command, two nodes and their ports must be highlighted with left button and shift-left button. The export is moved from the first node to the second node.

Figure 3.35
You can control all existing exports in the current cell with the Manipulate Exports... command. This dialog shows the exports and lets you sort them by name, layer, or characteristic. Schematic cells also offer a "body only" control which, when checked, makes that export appear only in the body (the schematic) and not in the icon cell (see Section 3-6-1). You can change export names and characteristics.

If multiple exports are selected, changing one of their characteristics changes all of them. You can also delete, show, or renumber selected exports. Renumbering of exports presumes that the exports have numbers in their names and renames them so that there are no gaps in the sequence (and the first has no number). For example, the ports "gnd_7", "gnd_9", and "gnd_10" will be renamed "gnd", "gnd_1", and "gnd_2".

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