This PSpice video demonstrates how to place PSpice parts into a Capture schematic. After you complete this PSpice demonstration, you will be able to:

  • Find and place different category types of PSpice parts on your Capture schematic.
  • Place a part directly from the main PSpice menu
  • Locate a specific PSpice part by conducting a library search
  • Place a part from search results
  • Place a current or voltage source

To place a PSpice part, go to the main PSpice menu bar and click Place > PSpice Component. Then select a part type such as PSpice Ground, Capacitor, Diode, Inductor, or Resistor.

As you select a component type from the menu, it attaches to your cursor and is placed when you click a location on your schematic.

In this demo we are selecting a resistor.  The resistor you select is attached to your cursor until you either press your keyboard Esc key or click your right mouse button and select End Mode.  

Several additional digital and discrete components are available from the drop down menus such as gates, flip flops, op amps, mosfets and more.

If you are looking for a specific part, you can use the PSpice “search” function. There are more than 33 thousand models available in the PSpice library, covering various types of devices.  

To use the PSpice search function go to the main menu bar and select Place > PSpice Component > Search.  A window will pop up on the right side of your screen.

Or you can launch the PSpice search by selecting the Search icon in the PSpice tool bar. 

When you use the search function, you can conduct a search by part number or part description. You can use the wildcard symbol * as a variable to search all part names and descriptions.  The search results retrieved include all part names and descriptions that include the characters you entered.

For example, if you enter 74*17  or *counter, into the search field, the search results retrieved are shown in the images below.



To see a symbol before you place it on the schematic, click the Symbol Viewer icon that is located next to the Search Categories control. 

To add a part to your schematic from the search results, double click the part and then click a location on your schematic.

Lastly, we will add a source to our schematic. There are two ways you can add a source to your schematic. You can select a source from the PSpice menu, or you can place a source from an Application Model.  In this demonstration, we are placing a DC voltage source.

The first way is to add a source to our schematic is to select the menu items: Place > PSpice Component... > Source > Voltage Source > DC.

A second way to place a more complex source is to go to Place in the main menu and select PSpice Component… > Modeling Application. Or you can select the Modeling Application icon from the PSpice toolbar.

A pop up window called Modeling Application opens on the right side of your screen. Under this menu select Sources and choose either Independent Sources or PWL Sources (piecewise sources).

From the Independent Sources window, you can choose several types of sources such as step, sine, and impulse. You can select the parameters and the tool will generate your source.


You can also place non ideal components in PSpice using similar built in interfaces available in the Modeling Application window.

In the next tutorial, we discuss how to use the Modeling Application to place sources and non-ideal components.