PADS – deservedly so – has the reputation of a powerful, easy to use tool. The menus and dialog boxes are engineered to be intuitive, and easy for new users to navigate through. Sometimes though, the task you are trying to perform can be done quicker by using Modeless commands – a “short cut” you can use rather than pulling down menus or opening a dialog box. Many users have told me how much more productive they became once they started using them.
To see a full list of Modeless commands in both PADS Layout and PADS Logic, go to Help> Modeless Commands.