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How to Edit Net Aliases in Bulk

With the complexity of modern electronic design, schematic connections can get complicated and difficult to read. Net aliases can be used to improve readability by electrically connecting two or more nets together with a net name. With numerous connections, this can easily lead to mistakes such as attaching the wrong net alias and shorting wires and manually editing each net alias in the design can be time-consuming. Efficiently edit net aliases in bulk with OrCAD Capture and Microsoft Excel.

This how-to will provide step-by-step instructions on how to edit net aliases in bulk by renaming a collection of net names in excel to accelerate the schematic design process.

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How-To Video

Selecting Net Aliases

Step 1: Open the provided design, BulkAliasDemo.dsn,in OrCAD Capture.

Activating the Selection Filter in OrCAD Capture

Step 2: Right-click anywhere in the canvas and select Selection Filter. The Selection Filter window will open.

Step 3: Select Clear All to deselect all objects.

Step 4: Check the option for Net Alias. Click OK.

Note: With this option selected, only net aliases can be selected on the schematic canvas.

Selecting Only Net Aliases in OrCAD Capture

Step 5: Click and drag to select all net aliases in the design.

Note: This process can also be completed for specific nets by selecting only the desired Net Alias values to modify in Excel. This can be used if two nets have been unintentionally shorted by attaching different Net Alias values to the same wire.

Copying Net Aliases to Excel

Editing Properties in OrCAD Capture

Step 6: Right-click PAGE1 in the project hierarchy and select Edit Selected Object Properties.

Viewing Net Alias Properties in OrCAD Capture

Step 7: Select the Aliases tab at the bottom of the window. The selected net aliases will be displayed.

Step 8: Click and drag to select the entire property table.

Note: Make sure there are no cells already selected before doing this.

Step 9: Press CTRL-C on the keyboard to copy the table.

Editing Net Aliases in Excel

Step 10: Open Microsoft Excel. Click to select a cell.

Net Aliases in Excel

Step 11: Click Paste or use CTRL-V on the keyboard to paste the table.

Note: You may receive a warning saying that the data you’re pasting isn’t the same size as the selection. Click OK to paste anyway. The selection box will resize automatically.

Step 12: Rename all instances of net CTS to U2CTS. Rename all instances of net RTS to U2RTS. Rename all instances of net URX to U2RX, and all instances of net UTX to U2TX.

Defining Net Alias Names in Excel

Step 13: Hold Shift and select the net names in the Excel table. Select Copy or use CTRL-C.

Applying New Net Aliases in OrCAD

Step 14: Back in Capture, click and drag to select all net names in the property table.

Step 15: Press CTRL-V on the keyboard to paste the new net names.

Step 16: Click Yes in the Undo Warning.

Step 17: Select Apply and close the Property Editor tab.

Updating Multiple Net Aliases at Once in OrCAD Capture

Step 18: View the results. The net aliases have been updated.

Wrap Up & Next Steps

Net aliases can simplify the schematic and improve readability but editing multiple aliases can become time-consuming. Efficiently rename net aliases in bulk using Microsoft Excel to fix unintentional shorts or update connections and streamline the OrCAD schematic design process. Learn more about how OrCAD accelerates the design process and get a free trial to test out the schematic and PCB functionality yourself.

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