To use EasyEDA, you need to be familiar with a few basic terms and concepts. The best way to learn them is to open up EasyEDA, open a new schematic:

Document > New > Schematic , and play!

Saving Your Work Locally

Although EasyEDA saves all your files on our Server, sometimes you may want to save your work locally and EasyEDA provides a hack way to do this.
You can right-click your project folder, and click “Download Project”, or export your design as EasyEDA source file via “Document > EasyEDA Source”.
More detail you can view at Export EasyEDA Source section.

Histories Record

It is easy to use this function, right click on the document for which you need the history in like in the image below:
After clicking on the history link, you will get a list of all of the Histories like in the image below.

Click the History number, you can open the saved file in the editor, if this is what you need, you can save it to your project and delete your bad file.

Note:
1. For now all of the Histories are marked as number, we will allow you to add a tag soon.
2. Don’t save your files too frequently, or you will get lots of Histories and it will be hard to find the exact one you want.

Document Recovery

No operating system, software or network is perfect, so sometimes things can go wrong. Having your Desktop or web browser freeze or your broadband connection drop, two hours into laying out a PCB, could spoil your day.

However, with EasyEDA, your day will be just fine.

This is because EasyEDA auto saves and makes backups of all your open files to your computer so crash recovery is built into EasyEDA.

On the topbar, click Document Recovery button on the top Toolbar as below:

Select the file which you would like to recover, then click the Recover button; your file will be opened in a new tab.

Please note:

  • EasyEDA saves these crash recovery files on your computer and not on the EasyEDA server. Therefore you cannot recover files from a crash on one computer or browser by changing to a different computer or browser.
  • And if you cleaned your browser’s cache, the recovery files will disappear.
  • If you make a mistake to delete a file and remove the cache already, maybe you can find your document back via recycle bin: https://easyeda.com/account/user/recycles/personal.

Version Control

When you right-click the project, you can see the “Version Control” function, at here, you can create a version for this project.

Click it, there will open a new website to project management page, and then you can create a version as below:

At present, the version function only works as a record in this time, you can treat it as a project snapshot, view only. In the future, we will provide the real version control: create and switch, and keep them dependence for each other.

Resizing the canvas area

Hovering the mouse cursor over the areas indicated by the three green ellipses will bring up blue toolbar toggle lines. Clicking on them will toggle the visibility of their associated top, right and left toolbar areas to expand the canvas area. The vertical lines can also be dragged horizontally to resize the panels.

Cursor Style

Some users don’t like the cross cursor, so you can change it to arrow cursor like in the image below.

These difference between these options is as below:

Clear

If you think your schematic or PCB looks terrible, and you want to redraw all units, you can:

  • Super Menu > Edit > Clear.
  • Delete this schematic and create a new one.
  • Use Global Delete on the top toolbar Tools

Left clicking

Similar to other EDA software:

  • Click on an item to select it;
  • If over a selected item, click and hold to drag a selected item;
  • If not over a selected item, clicking and holding while dragging creates a selection box;
  • the selection box, using click and drag to the right, selects everything inside the box;
  • the selection box, using click and drag to the left, selects everything inside and intersected by the box;
  • Double click on a text area to edit it;
  • The exact left click functionality depends on what item is being selected and in what Canvas the item exists (Schematic or PCB).

Right clicking

EasyEDA does not support right click context menus in the Schematic or PCB Canvas. Instead, right clicking executes a context sensitive command:

  • When you are placing a symbol, after a right click, the active symbol will be removed;
  • When you are drawing a shape such as a polyline, after a right click, the polyline will be stopped at the place where you right click but the mouse will remain as a cross, so you can draw another shape;
  • To get out of the current active context sensitive command such as placement or drawing mode and go back to select mode, just double right click.

Ctrl+Right clicking anywhere in the Schematic, waveForm or PCB Canvas drags the canvas around within the EasyEDA window.

ESC key

Pressing the ESC key ends the current drawing action but does not exit the current active context sensitive command mode (i.e. it does not return the cursor to select mode).

Select more shapes

  • Ctrl+left clicking on items adds those items to your selection;
  • Clicking and holding creates a selection box;
  • Creating a selection box, using click and drag to the right, selects everything inside the box;
  • Creating a selection box, using click and drag to the left, selects everything inside and intersected by the box;

Zoom in and Zoom out

  • Using the middle mouse button:
  • Roll forward to zoom in;
  • Roll back to zoom out;
  • Using hotkeys, the default hotkey A for zoom in, Z for zoom out.

Please note:
Do not roll your mouse at the same time as pressing the CTRL key. Some browsers will zoom the whole site, not just the canvas in the EasyEDA window. If this happens, just press Ctrl+0 to reset the browser zoom.

Double clicks

Double clicking any text area opens a resizable text box to allow you edit the text inline.

Press enter to create new line. Click outside the text box to close it.

Pan/Move Canvas

  • Right click anywhere in the Schematic, WaveForm or PCB Canvas and Hold down right button to drags the canvas around within the EasyEDA window.
  • If your canvas is bigger than the EasyEDA window and is showing scroll bars, you can use either the scroll bars or the Arrow keys to scroll the canvas to pan.
  • When drawing a wire, a graphic line or shape that you wish to extend beyond the edge of the EasyEDA window holding down the left mouse button after starting the line will pan the canvas to keep the drawn item inside the window.

Tip:
If you use Chrome, and cursor is in the canvas while pressing CTRL or ALT key and rolling your mouse, the canvas will move vertically, and when pressing SHIFT and rolling your mouse, the canvas will move horizontally.

Rotate

After selecting one or more items, you can rotate the selected items using:

Super Menu > Edit > Rotate or click top ToolBar Rotate and Flip > Rotate Left or Rotate Right

or by pressing the default rotate hotkey: Space.

If in PCB, you can click the footprint and change it’s rotation at the right panel.

Please note:
Rotating a multiple selection rotates each item about its own symbol origin. It does not rotate the items about the centroid of the group of items.

Flip

To place a Q2 as shown in the schematic below you need to Flip the item.

You can Flip one or more selected items using:

Rotate and Flip > Flip Horizontal or Flip Vertical from the toolbar,

or by pressing the default flip hotkeys: X to Flip Horizontal, Y to Flip Vertical.

Align

EasyEDA provides many align option features, you can align your components or footprints very easily, it include:

  • Align Left
  • Align Right
  • Align Top
  • Align Bottom
  • Align Horizontal Center
  • Align Vertical Center
  • Distribute Horizontally
  • Distribute Verticall
  • Distribute Left Edges Equidistantly
  • Distribute Top Edges Equidistantly
  • Align Grid
  • etc…

Bring to Front and Send to Back

In the image below, both the rectangle and the ellipse are filled.

If you draw the ellipse before drawing the rectangle, the rectangle will overlap and therefore hide the ellipse. To reveal the ellipse, select the rectangle and then use:

Align > Send to Back from the toolbar.

To bring the rectangle to the front again, you could select it and use:

Align > Bring to Front

or select the ellipse and then use:

Align > Send to Back

Documents Tab Switch

It’s easy to fit your documents tab location.


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