Best way to swap symbols out for existing block

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#1 Best way to swap symbols out for existing block

Hi there, I have a VFD that I have a block for on my schematic. It also has a layout and accessories defined.

 

I would like to regenerate the block on the schematic with some changes. After this is done, what is the best way to essentially change out the symbol for the existing component so I don't have to re-do the layout and accessories? I can link a new block, then delete the old one. But often, ports get messed up this way.

 

Thanks,

Austin

Well...

Thanks for posting on the forum.

Is your block the only one associated to this component, or it is split into 2 or more?

It is the only block

It is the only block currently.

Ok.

Ok, thanks for the extra info.

In that case your best way to do this is to create a 'dummy' work block with no connection points at all, insert it and link it to you component.  This will allow you to delete the main block without getting the component and all its accessories deleted at the same time.  Then insert your new block and link it to the component, and delete the dummy block afterwards.

Let us know if it works out.

Ok, that sounds reasonable.

Ok, that sounds reasonable. May I ask you the best way to create a dummy work block? Or you mean draw one up as you described and save it to the symbol library for future use?

Draw one on the fly...

Or you mean draw one up as you described and save it to the symbol library for future use?

Yep.  

I now have a dummy block that

I now have a dummy block that is just a square with "Dummy" text that I saved in a separate library folder called Dummy Blocks.

I have used it multiple times to swap a symbol out and it works nicely. I would like to request a UI button for replacing a symbol down the road, please.

Great!

I have used it multiple times to swap a symbol out and it works nicely. 

Great!  Thanks for taking the time to let us know it worked out!

I would like to request a UI button for replacing a symbol down the road, please.

Duly noted!