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Globally Change Footprint Reference Visibility in KiCad

2019-10-07

In PCB design, we may encounter the case where we would like to hide the reference text in the silk layer for better visualization. Here is a short post showing how to make it.

A Link

Here is a link in the KiCad forum, discussing how to globally edit the text in the PCB.

https://forum.kicad.info/t/globally-edit-reference-designator-text/488

Then I managed to change all the footprint reference to invisible, rendering the PCB looks clean and elegant.

Walk Through

Before changing, the reference symbol looks like:

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Step 1. Open ‘Edit’ -> ‘Edit Text & Graphic Properties…’

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Step 2. Select ‘Footprint references’ on the top left panel; check the filter as ‘F.silks’; Specify the footprint you want to change in ‘Filter items by parent footprint reference’, e.g. ‘R*’, ‘C*’.

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Step 3. [The most important one] Uncheck the ‘Visible’ in the ‘Action’ panel.

Step 4. Done. Here is how it looks after editing:

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By the way, my KiCad version is 5.99.0 (Nightly build, installed in Aug 2019.



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