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Managing Visible Device Ports

Last Modified: January 2, 2018

Manage the visibility of device ports in SystemDesigner to reduce diagram clutter and organize the system you create.

  1. Click Manage Ports on the device or right-click a port and select Manage Ports to open the Manage Ports pop-up and view the device ports you can display.

    If all device ports are visible, the Manage Ports button does not appear on the device.

  2. Select each device port you want to display.

    Consider the following behavior when choosing device ports to display.

    • Connecting a visible port to a hidden port on a separate device causes the hidden port to become visible.

      To connect to a hidden port on a device, wire a visible port terminal to the terminal next to the Manage Ports button on the device.

    • Hiding a wired port causes the existing wire to break. You cannot hide wired ports on the Live diagram.
    • Displaying a port may rearrange the display order of the device ports, depending on the alphabetical order of the port names.
    • Saving a project only preserves visible port designations on the Design diagram.
    After you close the Manage Ports pop-up, SystemDesigner updates the device port display on the diagram.
  3. To hide a device port, right-click the port and select Hide Port or deselect the port in the Manage Ports pop-up.

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