I remember an option for this in the older versions but I am working in V7. I finished routing my board but I decided to rename some components in the schematic for their reference designators and when I update my PCB, it moves the components. Am I going to have to manually update each component in the PCB or am I missing a checkbox here?
I’ve tried a few of the combinations of these checkboxes.
So, I laid out the PCB with the old refdes then when I finished, I wanted to neaten up the schematic labeling so I changed the refdes’. After, I went to re-update the PCB so I could adjust the silkscreen text and fab text but it just moves the components to a packed form to be placed as if they are brand new. I may have to go component by component manually to update it but I was just wanting to see if I am missing an alternative method. Thanks.
That to me is a symptom that the PCB editor thinks the footprint has changed rather than just the refdes. I forget which of the 3 options you should tick for changing the refdes. I think it’s actually none of them. However you can still back out and not update the layout if you get a preview that new footprints will be added.
With my 2 last PCBs designed with 7.0.2 I have also at the end renumbered all symbols at schematic but I had no problem with updating PCB. Nothing have changed except refdes were changed. I had options selected as you showed.