How to set Grid Origin color?

Is it possible to set the Grid Origin color somewhere, or also set the Drill/Plase File Origin color?

Grid Origin is barely visible against the black background.

Is it possible to set the Grid Origin color somewhere, or also set the Drill/Plase File Origin color?

AFAIK no (I found no ebtry for that in Preferences–>Board–>colors).

Grid Origin is barely visible against the black background

Than we have different opinion about “barely visible”. (picture taken from Win10-version of kicad)

There are Three types of Origins: Grid, Page, Drill

The Pref>Colors: Can change Grid Origin by changing the Grid color. Need to exit the PCB to complete the change.

Screen Shot 2023-01-13 at 15.41.26


I don’t have a very contrasting grid, so the Grid origin is hardly visible.

Application: KiCad x64 on x64

Version: (7.0.0-rc1-145-gbd6d0b6cb6), release build

wxWidgets 3.2.1
FreeType 2.12.1
HarfBuzz 5.0.1
FontConfig 2.14.1
libcurl/7.86.0-DEV Schannel zlib/1.2.13

Platform: Windows 10 (build 19045), 64-bit edition, 64 bit, Little endian, wxMSW

Build Info:
Date: Jan 13 2023 06:49:13
wxWidgets: 3.2.1 (wchar_t,wx containers)
Boost: 1.80.0
OCC: 7.6.2
Curl: 7.86.0-DEV
ngspice: 38
Compiler: Visual C++ 1934 without C++ ABI

Build settings:

I don’t have a very contrasting grid …

I see the difference now. You have the grid displayed as lines, while Blackcoffee and I have only dots as grid. In your case the Grid-origin is really bad visible.
And because it’s the same color as the grid (same setting according to B.) there is currently not much you can do.

For a feature-request I can think of three solutions:

  • simply hardcode the grid-origin thickness dependent on the grid-settings:
    • no grid or dotted grid: no change to current behaviour
    • for line-grid: doubled linewidth of the grid-origin-shape (must be tested, but I think that would be enough)
  • setable grid-origin line-thickness in the global preferences (as factor compared to the grid-linewidth)
  • or another color-setting added specific for grid-origin shape

I would vote for the first (simply hardcode), because I think it’s the easiest to implement (no change on the preferences-file-definition or color-theme definition required) and would be enough for most users. Also works without additional user-effort.

If you want you could file gitlab issue. Add your picture and that of blackcoffee, that shows the difference in display and visibilty and allows to judge your issue.

Perhaps experiment with your grid color/hue/saturation. Maybe go to dots for your grid?

@ mf_ibfeew Thanks for the review, so I wrote a new Issue: PCB Editor: Separate Grid Origin color setting (#13532) · Issues · KiCad / KiCad Source Code / kicad · GitLab

Thank you all.


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