Creating a Custom Rectangular Symbol

PartQuest Portal Subscription: Essential or Professional

With the PartQuest Portal application you can create a rectangular symbol for a part that does not currently have a symbol, replace an existing symbol associated with a part, or create a new symbol that you will later associate with a part.



  1. Note:

    If you started from the My Symbols page and are editing an existing symbol, skip to step 2.

    Click the Create Symbol button at the top of the Choose Symbol dialog box.

    The Symbol Creator dialog box opens with the Symbol name and Terminal(Pin) List section in the left pane, and a Symbol Preview in the right pane.


    From the button at the lower-right side of the Terminal(Pin) List section, you can expand (click Expand ) or collapse (click Collapse ) the left pane.

  2. Do any of the following:

    If you want to...

    Do the following...

    Change the name of the symbol

    The tool supplies a symbol name such as CUSTOM_SYMBOL.

    1. Click the Edit button to the right of the symbol name.

    2. In the Custom field, enter the new symbol name and then click Ok.

      If the symbol name already exists, the tool suggests an alternative.

    View details about the part associated with the symbol

    If the symbol is associated with a part that has a datasheet, click the datasheet button to view the functional pin names as well as the terminal numbering of the package.

    Import terminals(pins) to the symbol

    Prerequisite: You have a .csv file that contains the list of terminals(pins) that you want to assign to the symbol. See CSV File Headers and Values for information on the format required by the Symbol Creator tool.

    1. Click in the Terminal(Pin) List region or click the Upload terminal(pin) list () button at the bottom-right of the Terminal(Pin) List region.

      The Import Terminals(Pins) dialog box displays.

    2. Click the Choose File button, and then browse to the CSV file.

    3. Select the CSV file and click Open.

      If there are any issues with the CSV file, a Warning message window appears. Note the issues and close the window. You may need to edit the Terminal(Pin) List to correct any discrepancies.

    The rectangular symbol automatically adjusts its size to fit all of the imported pins.

    Manually add pins to the symbol

    1. In the field at the bottom of the Terminal(Pin) List section, type a pin name, and then press Return.

    2. Continue entering pin names until you have a complete list for your symbol.

    Rename the selected pin

    Click in the Name column, type the pin name, and then press Enter.

    Delete the selected pin

    Click in the Delete column.

    Modify or add properties for each pin


    You can select more than one pin and assign a value to all of them at one time. You can use click and Ctrl-click to select one or more pin rows. Clicking a selected row unselects the row. Also use the select All and None buttons at the bottom to help control multiple selections.

    1. Expand the Terminal(Pin) List section by clicking the Expand button to see all of the properties.

    2. Enter a logical name for each pin in the Name column, or change an existing name by double-clicking on the name and typing a new one.

    3. For each remaining selected pin, select a property value from the dropdown list. Some properties may not require a value if the property is not relevant to your part.


      Some properties interact with other properties. For example, if you change a pin “Direction” property value from In to Out, the “Connect. Type” property value automatically changes from Load to Source. See Terminal(Pin) Properties.

    The Other column provides additional properties that you can set.

    Hide a pin on the symbol

    Set the Implicit column to “Yes”.


    If the Implicit column is not visible, click the Expand button.

    Move the position of a pin on the symbol body

    Click and drag a pin on the symbol body to a new location and then release the mouse.

    A pin snaps to locations as you move the pin. Your Symbol Creator settings define the grid size and how the terminals are spaced.

    Sort Terminal(Pin) List table rows by column

    Click the header of a Terminal(Pin) List table column to sort the table rows by that column. If you click the same column header again, the sort order reverses.

    For example, if you click the Terminal # column header, the Symbol Creator tool sorts the rows by the terminal numbers, low to high. If you click the column header again, the sort order reverses from high to low.

  3. Click the Done button below the Terminal(Pin) List section when you are finished creating your symbol.

    Your custom symbol appears in your My Symbols list.