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Monday, June 11, 2012

Keyboard Shortcuts for Autodesk Navisworks - Beyond Design

This post is for Alix Loiseau, the VDC Director at my company, ACAI Associates.  What may puzzle anyone at an architecture firm reading this is "what the heck is Navisworks?"  If you asked that question, you're in serious trouble.  Alix spends 90% of his time in Navisworks and I hardly ever see him using Revit.  Maybe it's because we require our BIM projects to only use consultants that use Revit Structure and Revit MEP.  Thus, we spend a lot of time coordinating models, making sure everything is perfect, even down to the leaves on the trees.

Ever since my first DOS batch file that I created in 1983, I love shortcuts.  Anything that can be used to reduce keystrokes and automate processes are golden.  I'm surprised at how few people I come across use shortcuts in Revit, and I guess no one has the time to create them (while they spent lots of time in the past creating LISP routines).

If you're not using Navisworks Manage, at least download and use Navisworks Freedom.  Now, print out this list and keep it close by your Navisworks 60" monitor.  While you're at it, learn how to use the scripting tool in Navisworks.  I've been having a lot of fun with that.

Source/Link: Keyboard Shortcuts for Autodesk Navisworks - Beyond Design
http://beyonddesign.typepad.com/posts/2012/05/keyboard-shortcuts-for-autodesk-navisworks.html

One of the quickest ways to improve your productivity is to learn a few shortcuts, I don't know where I'd be without Alt tabbing through windows or Ctrl tabbing on my internet browser, hopefully some of these will leave you time for an extra coffee during your day!
Navisworks keyboard shortcuts
Keyboard Shortcut
Description
PgUp
Zooms to view all objects in the Scene View.
PgDn
Zooms to magnify all selected objects in the Scene View.
HOME
Takes you to Home view. This keyboard shortcut only applies to the Scene View windows. This means it will only work when this window has focus.
ESC
Deselects everything.
SHIFT
Used to modify the middle mouse button actions.
CTRL
Used to modify the middle mouse button actions.
ALT
Turns the keytips on or off.
ALT + F4
Closes the currently active dockable window when it is undocked, or exits the application if the main application window is active.
CTRL + 0
Turns on Turntable mode.
CTRL + 1
Turns on Select mode.
CTRL + 2
Turns on Walk mode.
CTRL + 3
Turns on Look Around mode.
CTRL + 4
Turns on Zoom mode.
CTRL + 5
Turns on Zoom Window mode.
CTRL + 6
Turns on Pan mode.
CTRL + 7
Turns on Orbit mode.
CTRL + 8
Turns on Free Orbit mode.
CTRL + 9
Turns on Fly mode.
CTRL + A
Displays the Append dialog box.
CTRL + D
Toggles Collision mode. You must be in appropriate navigation mode (that is, Walk or Fly) for this keyboard shortcut to work.
CTRL + F
Displays the Quick Find dialog box.
CTRL + G
Toggles Gravity mode.
CTRL + H
Toggles Hidden mode for selected items.
CTRL + I
Displays the Insert File dialog box.
CTRL + M
Displays the Merge dialog box.
CTRL + N
Resets the program, closes the currently open Autodesk Navisworks file, and creates a new file.
CTRL + O
Displays the Open dialog box.
CTRL + P
Displays the Print dialog box.
CTRL + R
Toggles Require mode for selected items.
CTRL + S
Saves the currently open Autodesk Navisworks file.
CTRL + T
Toggles Third Person mode.
CTRL + Y
Reverses the last operation performed by the Undo command.
CTRL + Z
Reverses the last performed operation.
CTRL + PgUp
Displays the previous sheet.
CTRL + PgDn
Displays the next sheet.
CTRL + F1
Opens the Help system.
CTRL + F2
Opens the Clash Detective window.
CTRL + F3
Toggles the TimeLiner window.
CTRL + F4
Toggles the Presenter window.
CTRL + F5
Toggles the Animator window.
CTRL + F6
Toggles the Scripter window.
CTRL + F7
Toggles the Tilt window.
CTRL + F8
Applies to the Classic user interface. Toggles the Sectioning toolbar.
CTRL + F9
Toggles the Plan View window.
CTRL + F10
Toggles the Section View window.
CTRL + F11
Toggles the Saved Viewpoints window.
CTRL + F12
Toggles the Selection Tree window.
CTRL + HOME
Dollies and pans the camera so that the entire model is in view.
CTRL + Right Arrow
Play selected animation.
CTRL + Left Arrow
Reverse Play selected animation.
CTRL + Up Arrow
Record viewpoint animation.
CTRL + Down Arrow
Stop playing animation.
CTRL + Space
Pause playing animation.
CTRL + SHIFT + A
Opens the Animation Export dialog box.
CTRL + SHIFT + C
Opens the Export dialog box and enables you to export current search.
CTRL + SHIFT + I
Opens the Image Export dialog box.
CTRL + SHIFT + R
Opens the Export Rendered Image dialog box.
CTRL + SHIFT + S
Opens the Export dialog box and enables you to export search sets.
CTRL + SHIFT + T
Opens the Export dialog box and enables you to export the current TimeLiner schedule.
CTRL + SHIFT + V
Opens the Export dialog box and enables you to export viewpoints.
CTRL + SHIFT + W
Opens the Export dialog box and enables you to export viewpoint report.
CTRL + SHIFT + HOME
Sets current view as Home.
CTRL + SHIFT + END
Sets current view as Front.
CTRL + SHIFT + Left Arrow
Takes you to the previous redline tag.
CTRL + SHIFT + Right Arrow
Takes you to the next redline tag.
CTRL + SHIFT + Up Arrow
Takes you to the first redline tag.
CTRL + SHIFT + Down Arrow
Takes you to the last redline tag.
F1
Opens the Help system.
F2
Renames the selected item, when appropriate.
F3
Repeats the previously run Quick Find search.
F5
Refreshes your scene with the latest versions of currently loaded model files.
F11
Toggles Full Screen mode.
F12
Opens the Options Editor.
SHIFT + W
Opens the last used SteeringWheel.
SHIFT + F1
Enables you to get context-sensitive help.
SHIFT + F2
Toggles the Sets window.
SHIFT + F3
Toggles the Find Items window.
SHIFT + F4
Toggles the Find Comments window.
SHIFT + F6
Toggles the Comments window.
SHIFT + F7
Toggles the Properties window.
SHIFT + F10
Opens a context menu.
SHIFT + F11
Opens the File Options dialog box.
Which ones do you use most in a day? Or have you learnt any new ones? Or do you want to tell us what you're doing with your extra few minutes in the day? Leave a comment below and tell us.

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