Thanks for your question, Chris. I am going to move it to the appropriate product-specific community where it will receive greater visibility. This Members Resources space is for general community questions and suggestions.
To make sure I am moving it to the correct community, are you asking about Xpedition or PADS?
I am asking about PADS VX.1.2
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There have been some changes in property handling in the way such things are handled, but introduced after VX.2.
Firstly check that the property isn't already in the property file:
In VX.2 it is already declared (I don't have VX.1.2 installed so can't check there)
*TEXTPROP 629 CELL 255 "True|False" 1 "Part List Exclude" 0.080in VISIBLE SINGLE TEMPLATE "Default" 6 1 3 0 0 1
In which case you should be able to set it to either True or False on each symbol. In VX.2 we treat the piped properties as a proper choice that you select rather then the note to say use True of False.
From VX.2.1 the ability to exclude the part is settable from the context menu - Layout - Exclude from Part List. So your original request is answered from VX.2.1 onwards. For VX.1.2 you will have to add the property manually via the Properties dialog. You could add it to all your symbols with a value of False and work that way but it is a bit of a sledgehammer to crack a nut.