Getting Started with Altium Designer

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Altium Designer supports all aspects of electronic product development, so there's plenty to learn! You'll find the links on this page clustered into groups, each about a different area of the design process. Take a moment to skim through them all, then head off and explore. Each link will take you to an article or a training video.

In Altium Designer, the F1 and Shift+F1 shortcuts are invaluable:

  • Hover the mouse over anything inside Altium Designer - a button, command, panel, or design object, and press F1 for information about it.
  • If you're running a command, say you're placing a component and you're not sure how to rotate it, press Shift+F1 or ~ (Tilda) for a list of command-dependent shortcuts.

When F1 is pressed in earlier versions of Altium Designer, the help information is displayed in the Knowledge Center panel. In Altium Designer 14 it displays in your default browser.

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Designing and Debugging with Connected Hardware


Didn't Find What You Were After?

As well all the recommended articles and videos, there are a number of other resources you'll find invaluable to help you build your proficiency in Altium Designer.

  • Visit AltiumLive - AltiumLive is your virtual coffee shop where you can meet, read, chat and learn about Altium Designer, all from the comfort of your desk. (Log in required, contact your local Altium Sales office or reseller if you have not received your unique log-in link)
  • Invest in Training - get trained and get certified - there's nothing like hearing it from an expert, and having the chance to ask the specific questions you want.
  • Visit the SUPPORTcenter - to search the solutions database and log a question for Altium's technical experts (log in required).
  • Join a User Forum - and talk with your industry peers, including Altium Designer power users (log in required).
  • Browse the FAQs - a central location from where you can jump to a range of Frequently Asked Questions. 
  • Browse the Video Library - where you can explore more than 100 training and educational videos, each a short and snappy coffee-break entertainer.
  • Speak to a local Altium expert - contact your local Altium Sales office or reseller, and get the low-down on how to solve that tricky challenge.




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