One-line Symbols Tab

EasyPower's customizable options are set up under Tools > Options.

The One-line Symbols tab is where you can specify how symbols appear on your one-lines. You can choose from ANSI or IEC symbols. You can also export the symbols to create custom symbol files that you can then import into another one-line or use as a default symbol template.

Each one-line has its own set of symbols. If you send your .DEZ file to another EasyPower user, they see the same symbols because the symbols are embedded in the file.

Note: If you copy and paste equipment items from one one-line to another, EasyPower displays the symbols based on the settings for the one-line in which the equipment appears.

Figure 1: Symbols Tab of Options Dialog Box

Option Descriptions
Option Description

Base Symbols

EasyPower includes a default set of symbols based on the standard you select here. ANSI symbols are the basis for all symbols used on a one-line.

  • ANSI: The system displays ANSI symbols on the one-line.
  • IEC: The system displays IEC symbols on the one-line. Only the symbols that are different from the ANSI defaults are included in the IEC symbols.

This option also controls which symbols appear in the EasyPower program (on the Equipment Palette or the mouse pointer, for example). If you have multiple one-lines open with different base symbols, the program displays the symbols based on the currently active one-line.

Custom Symbols

  • Import from File: Use this option to import custom symbols from a file that was previously exported and modified. The file should only include symbols you want to customize. Any symbol information included in the import file will be considered custom, even if it matches the current base symbols.
  • Note: When you import a file, all existing customization is removed and replaced with the new custom symbols. If a previously customized symbol is not defined in the new import file, EasyPower displays the base symbol, as the previous customization will have been removed.

    If you import custom symbols and later change the template on which the custom symbols were based, you must import the template again for the changes to be reflected on the one-line.

  • Remove Custom Symbols: Use this option to remove all customization from the one-line.

Custom symbols are only visible on the one-line itself and do not appear in the EasyPower program elements such as the Equipment Palette or the Insert tab.

Display Options

The display options assist you when you customize symbols. You can see additional information on the one-line when these are selected.

  • Show snap points: Displays the snap points for the symbols. This controls where symbols snap to the grid when displayed on a one-line.
  • Show connection points: Displays the connection points for the symbols. This controls where other items connect to the symbol when they are dragged near to it.
  • Show text anchors: Displays the default location of the symbol text. Note that this can be modified further by the One-line Text option settings.
  • Show bounding rectangles: When selected, this displays the boundary area in which a symbol appears.

Show Phase Connectors

Use this option to show an additional symbol marking that indicates the location where the phase changes from 3-phase to 1-phase.

The phase symbols appear only after one or both ends of the line item are connected. You can double-click on the phase connector to change the phase type.

Display Phase Connector Dialog

If this setting is selected, the Select the Phase Connection dialog box is displayed:

  • When connecting a 1PH-2W item and a 1PH-3W item.
  • When connecting a 1PH-2W item and a 3PH item.

This enables you to change the phase connection of a feeder at the time of connection.

Export to File

Use this option to export symbols into a new file that you can edit for customization and then import back into the one-line. You can export:

  • Custom symbols already in the file (if any exist).
  • Base ANSI symbols.
  • Base IEC symbols. The IEC symbol file contains only the symbols that are different from ANSI.

Note: If you need to be able to combine different standard or custom symbols into the same file, create separate export files and then use a program such as Notepad to manually merge the contents into a single file for modification and importing.

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