Saturday, June 25, 2016

How to copy and paste from one ExpressPCB file to another

[I have originally posted this to the PCB workshop FAQ.]

"Is it possible to copy and paste from one ExpressPCB file (schematic or layout) to another?"  I get this question once in a while.

Yes, copying and pasting between ExpressPCB files is possible.  It's just less intuitive, compared to what we are used to.  You can't open 2 separate instances of ExpressPCB and copy from one to another.  The workaround is to copy and paste within the same instance of ExpressPCB.
  1. Open the file which you want to copy from.
  2. Select the content that you want to copy, and copy it (press Ctrl+C).
  3. In the same instance of ExpressPCB open the file that you wan to copy to. (Or create a new file, to copy to.) It's important that you don't close this instance of ExpressPCB between copying and pasting.
  4. Paste the content (press Ctrl+V). The pasted content will remain selected. Move it to desired position. Done.
These steps were tested in version 7.3.5 of ExpressPCB and ExpressSCH.