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Element Selection Tool Dialog Box

The Element Selection Tool dialog box allows you to select all items on the active schematic that match specified criteria. To access this dialog box, with a schematic window active, choose Edit > Select Tool. This dialog box is mode-less, so you can view it while continuing to work in the design environment. This dialog box contains the following options:

Field Description
Name Element name, for example "MLIN" or "PORT".
This option supports regular expression syntax. See the following table for more information.
Parameter Element's parameter name and value, for example "W=75". You can type in both types to further restrict the search.
This option supports regular expression syntax. See the following table for more information.
Action Add adds matching elements to the current selection group.
Remove removes matching elements from the current selection group.
Replace makes the matching elements the only elements in the current selection group.
Click Select to perform the selection group operation.
Select Click Select to perform the selection group operation.
Edit Click Edit to open the Element Options dialog box for the items currently selected.

Numerous tutorials and reference guides for regular expression syntax exist on-line. The form and functionality of these regular expressions is modeled after the regular expression facility in the Perl 5 programming language. The following table shows some syntax examples.

Syntax Comment
. Match any single character.
* Match zero or more of the preceding character.
+ Match one or more of the preceding character.
? Match zero or one of the preceding character.
\d Match any digit (0-9).
[ch]at Match cat and hat.
W[1-3] Match W1, W2, and W3.
MBEND|MLIN Match MBEND or MLIN.
^M Match names that start with M.
^W\d+ Match names that start with W followed by one or more digits.
\$$ Match names that end in $.
ID=TL\d Match names that contain ID=TL followed by a digit.

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