Just change the recommended width setting for the net/pin pairs of interest.
Select them in the the layout editor then RMB "Show Rules", Clearance".
Rules are rules for a reason.
There are some cases that you set the min and the max width, but then you want to choose any width between them. Also, there are other cases in wich setting rules for every single net it's just a waste of time or not needed.
In most of the CADs is possibile to temporarily set a width between min/and max with a mouseclick and keep it for a while. In Mentor PADS, as usual, it seems is not possible... unless repeating everytime the command with the "w" shortkey, wich is quite annoying.
Having a completed rule-driven layout is a good thing, but sometimes you may need some "flexibility".
You can also create a custom toolbar/menu with a bunch of macro buttons that change the current width while routing. I've done this in the past, but when migrating to new versions, your custom toolbar/menu will not migrate with other setting, so you will need to recreate the toolbar/menu every time you upgrade.
Create a bunch of these with the desired widths:
DlgModelessCmd.Command = "um"
DlgModelessCmd.Command = "w5"
After setting it up the toolbar/menu will look something like this:
I made a macro for the Router:
zahl = Inputbox()
DlgProperties.ActiveTab = "Routing"
DlgRouting.RecommendedTraceWidth = zahl
It opens a window where you enter the width you want and the macro changes the default trace width.
Pads Layout is useless if you want to route, Router is 100000 times better
Chuck, I had the same complaint. The way around this is you export part of the registry, edit for new version and the add changes back in. All custom toolbars are created and macros added in.
How do you invoke that macro, or how is that easier than typing the "w" first?
You can safe the macro and place it on a shortcut (Tools -> Customize ->Macro Files/Keyboard and Mouse)
When you start the macro it looks like "w", but it sets the default trace width. Now every route you start, starts with the default width.
Otherwise you have always to use "w".....