Removing them doesn't affect the design, they're still associated with the parts.
Ways to make a designator invisible in PADS:
1. Delete them (Set filter to "Labels" only, and select them. Beware that this can also result in the deleting of any visible attributes, as they can get selected.
2. In the color setup dialog: Turn them off (preferred). Note that this will NOT remove them from the Gerbers unless you follow 5 or 6.
3. In the color setup dialog: Make them the same as the background color (not the best option). Note that this will NOT remove them from the Gerbers unless you follow 5 or 6.
4. Move them to an unused layer (Set filter to "Labels" only, and select all, then query them and change the layer - you can use any layer). Good if you think you may want them back....
5. For Gerbers: Do not select them in CAM.
6. Alternate for Gerbers: Suppress them in CAM. This is usually reserved for selective removal.
Totally forgot about the suppress function in CAM output. Thanks
It is not all Designators just mechanical parts like Card Ejectors, Mounting Holes, Fiducials, etc.
So by assigning Z or MT or FD etc yes just those can be suppressed in CAM output,
or usign the "None" in the design would be proper options. Just using color in design
yes would still get them into gerber, just not visible in design.
Honestly, for things like fiducials, mounting holes, card ejectors and the like, I just delete the designators. Don't have to worry about them after that.
And it unclutters my board a little when everything is visible.
Yes I hear ya.
Less clutter is usually a good thing, although my desk does not seem to live by that rule.
Just as a little terminology clarification: Ref Des is an Attribute. A Label is how you make the Attribute visible. So when you change the value for Show, that only affects the Label visibility and format. None of the Show settings delete the Label. Setting it to None makes it not visible, but it's still there. Use Component Properties and the Labels tab to change it back to Visible (if Ref. Des. doesn't appear in the drop down box, then it was deleted). This is my preferred method.
It's only when you select the label directly and then delete it is the label removed. It has to be re-created if you need it back. However, adding labels is very easy, and can be done with any number of components at once, so it's really a matter of preference. I'm not sure if one method is "better" than the other. As long as you understand the mechanisms, you can make an informed decision as to what's best for you.
Thanks also that was exactly what I wanted to know, but the reason I wanted to know was I saw no way to make that Ref Des visible again
without adding it back. I did not delete it directly, all I did was use show and selected "None". However when you go the
component attributes and look at labels tab ther si nothing there I saw this before and that is why I wondered what is really]
happening here. I saw no way other than recreate to get that designator back if needed. Just trying to figure out how it really worked.
Using method of just selecting "none" looks to me like there is still no way other than adding the label back. But like you said that is easy.
Wasn't necesarily looking for easiest way, but if there was a prefered method for PADS.
I pointed you to how to get it back: "Use Component Properties and the Labels tab to change it back to Visible (if Ref. Des. doesn't appear in the drop down box, then it was deleted)."
As far as PCB Design in general, it's difficult to define a preferred method for any procedure, much less supressing reference designators, so just proceed with the method you're most comfortable with. I prefer to set the visibility to "None" for most components, but I also delete the label for mounting holes and fiducials, just because it's quicker.
Operator Error, asleep at the wheel, I see it now, you actually needed to double click Ref Des Icon in that menu, I was hitting attributes after and of course getting nothing.
Works just as you described, thanks, I now see the full picture.