For forcing the datapath to location 0,0 of the array you can make the following changes:
1. Go to the Directives tab of the design wide resources.
2. Click on the add directive button.
3. Suppose the name of your counter is "Counter_1" then add the Component (Signal) name, Directive type and Directive Value as shown in the image below.
4. Build the project.
The change made should be reflected in the .rpt file under the results tab of the Workspace explorer.
Can you let me know how are you verifying that there is no affect on the component?
Also, can you please attach your project, this would help us in understanding the problem you are facing in a better way.
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Thank you for the response. My question was aimed toward creating a "control file" which would replace the work needed to interface with the Directives tab within the GUI. I wanted a textual way of being able to manually place components which I eventually chose to use the project .cydwr file; the "PlaceDir" group then contained the XML output from the directives tab.
This resolves using the "control file" I had read about in the https://www.cypress.com/file/137441/download file.
So all is resolved. Thanks.