Shortcuts + Tips & Tricks

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Shortcuts + Tips & Tricks

Postby StudioAware » Sat Oct 18, 2014 6:09 pm

Hi guys,

I am sure that for most of us who are delving into this amazing program are unaware of many of the shortcuts, as well as the various tips and tricks. There are so many hidden gems and easily forgotten features, that I thought that it would be great to start a thread that lists some of our favourites - and where we can raise specific questions relating to shortcuts.

I will start off this thread by listing two of my favourite shortcuts:
- The right arrow key: When drawing a wall, press the right arrow key to toggle through the different wall alignment options. For example, if you have drawn an outline of a building, and you want to trace it with the exterior face to align with the line, press the right arrow key until it changes the alignment to suit this condition.
- Insert: When drawing a wall, press insert to change the the orientation of the wall (the position of the external or internal face ).

I look forward to hearing from everyone else, and hopefully discovering other useful shortcuts.


Regards,
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Re: Shortcuts + Tips & Tricks

Postby MasterSketchup » Sun Oct 19, 2014 11:05 pm

Wow, I didn't know you could change the alignment of the wall with the right arrow key! Of Course!!!!! That is so helpful. Thank you.
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Re: Shortcuts + Tips & Tricks

Postby Andrew » Mon Oct 20, 2014 9:47 am

Here are a couple of PlusSpec shortcuts explained.
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Re: Shortcuts + Tips & Tricks

Postby StudioAware » Mon Oct 20, 2014 10:23 am

Hi Andrew,

Thank you for the graphical clarification. The right arrow key is amazing, and very important, and it will probably be the most used shortcut. I did not mention the End key shortcut - however, I have been using it on occasion, and it is actually very useful for initial massing, etc.

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Re: Shortcuts + Tips & Tricks

Postby DanielB » Mon Oct 20, 2014 10:27 am

Some more "hidden" shortcuts:
  • :opening-options: / :door-options-tool: Hold CTRL to select multiple windows or doors
  • :post-tool: Press RIGHT to change drawing origin
  • :push-pull-walls: Press CTRL to enable modifications to adjacent alignment
  • :push-pull-walls: Press INSERT to enable strict adjacent insertions (new adjacent walls inserted as needed)
  • :-opening-redefine-tool: Press HOME to immediately enter "move" state
  • :-opening-redefine-tool: Press DELETE with window/door selected to remove it
  • :-opening-redefine-tool: Press CTRL while moving window/door to create a copy
  • :wall-tool: Press INSERT to change inward/outward orientation
  • :wall-tool: Press CTRL+ENTER to end input, automatically closing loop
  • :wall-tool: Press RIGHT to change drawing origin

Make sure you're focused on the main SketchUp window when you use these, if any dialog is focused they wont work.
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Re: Shortcuts + Tips & Tricks

Postby StudioAware » Mon Oct 20, 2014 1:41 pm

Hi Daniel,

Thank you for posting these. Very useful information!

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