2.3 Keyboard Commands

2.3 Keyboard Commands

Visual incorporates a number of keyboard commands (hotkey) to make navigation and command execution easier. Since operating the mouse is a single-handed operation, it can be very efficient to execute common commands with the other hand in lieu of using the Ribbonbar.  For any hotkey, reference the section related to that command for more information. In the Help manual, keyboard keys are shown in italics.

The Hot Keys command found after clicking Help on the Tools tab of the Ribbonbar opens a PDF of shortcut keys as it is currently available on the Visual website.

 

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Generic hot keys:

Hot Key

Description

Tab

Cycles the Active Plane through the three Cartesian planes of movement

Home

Returns the Active Plane to X-Y at Z=0

Up Arrow

Moves the location of the mouse crosshairs one unit of the Snap Increment in the positive direction of the inactive coordinate axis. For example, if working in the X-Y plane, the up arrow will move the Z- coordinate up one snap increment. If Snap is not on, the mouse crosshairs move one unit distance.

Down Arrow

Converse of the Up Arrow

Esc

Cancels the current command

Numpad "+"

Increase mouse sensitivity; mouse movement causes more movement on screen

Numpad "-"

Decrease  mouse sensitivity; mouse movement causes less movement on screen

Shift + Numpad "+"

Increase display gamma factor; default is 2.2

Shift + Numpad "-"

Decrease display gamma factor; default is 2.2

F1

Help

F2

Endpoint object snap on/off

F3

Midpoint object snap on/off

F4

Center object snap on/off

F5

Intersection object snap on/off

F6

Perpendicular object snap on/off

F8

Orthogonal mode on/off

F9

Snap mode on/off

 

Default command shortcut hotkey:

Hot Key

Command

Tab Group

A

Array, Rectangular

Construct

Shift + C

Calculate

Calculations

Ctrl + C

Circle (background not solid)

Construct

C

Copy

Modify

D

Distance

Tools

Numpad 6

East Elevation

View

E

Erase

Modify

Shift + E

Explode

Modify

Ctrl + Shift + E

Export

File

X

Extend

Modify

Ctrl + E

Extrude

Modify

G

Group

Modify

Ctrl + I

Import

File

J

Join

Modify

L

Line

Construct

Ctrl + M

Mirror

Modify

M

Move

Modify

Numpad 8

North Elevation View

View

Numpad 9

Northeast Isometric View

View

Numpad 7

Northwest Isometric View

View

Ctrl + O

Open

File

Numpad 5

Plan View (Top View)

View

Ctrl + P

Print Editor

File

P

Properties

Tools

Ctrl + R

Redo

n/a

R

Rotate

Modify

Ctrl + S

Save

File

S

Scale

Modify

Numpad 2

South Elevation View

View

Numpad 3

Southeast Isometric View

View

Numpad 1

Southwest Isometric View

View

Shift + S

Statistics

Tools

T

Trim

Modify

Ctrl + Z

Undo

n/a

Numpad 4

West Elevation View

View

Z, Numpad 0

Zoom All

View

When a command is not being executed, the numeric keypad provides hot keys that mimic the 9-button View panel. When in a command, the numeric keypad will provide the numeric input expected. See Basic Viewing for more information on the View panel. Hot keys can be completely defined by the user; see Customize Dialog for more information.

 

Selection Hot Keys - The following keyboard commands are only available when selecting objects in a command.

Hot Key

Description

A

Add objects to the selection set, changes the selection mode toggle to add when selecting objects

P

Previously selected objects will be added to the selection set

R

Remove objects from the selection set, changes the selection mode toggle to remove when selecting objects

L

All objects in the Design Window will be selected