Assigning keyboard shortcuts (Mac OS X)

Keyboard shortcuts can dramatically
speed up your drawing by allowing you to change tools while keeping the
mouse cursor near the drawing area. To assign a keyboard shortcut:

  1. Select SketchUp > Preferences. The Preferences dialog box is displayed.
  2. Click on the Shortcuts item on the left-hand side of the Preferences dialog box. The Shortcuts panel is displayed.
  3. Select the command to which you
    will assign a keyboard shortcut (within the Function list). Existing keyboard
    shortcuts for this command will display in the Key
    column next to each function.

  4. Note: The list of commands available in the Shortcuts panel is dynamically generated and includes all menu items and active context menu items. Some context menu items become active only after performing another task. For example, select a face to activate the Reverse Faces command and then open Preferences > Shortcuts to set a keyboard shortcut for Reverse Faces.


  5. Type the keyboard shortcut key
    sequence in the field below the function list. Shortcut keys can consist of any keyboard
    key, except number keys, with a few exceptions. Any key that can be used
    as a shortcut can also be assigned a modifier key like Shift, Control,
    or Option, or Command. SketchUp will indicate when a key or key combination cannot be
    used or is already assigned.

You
can have multiple keyboard shortcut combinations for each command. SketchUp
will prompt you before allowing you to assign a keyboard shortcut that
is already assigned to another
command. Some keys are reserved for use by Microsoft Windows and can not
be assigned as a keyboard shortcut.

Note: You can save your shortcuts to a .dat file for copying to other computers. See the Files panel in this topic for more information.


The Measurements toolbar and keyboard shortcuts

Temporary focus is given to
the Measurements toolbar when you type a number while in the drawing area. Therefore, numbers
cannot be used as shortcut keys. The letters S, R, X, and the symbols
/ and * can be used within keyboard shortcuts and as you enter values
in the Measurements toolbar. Prepend
any of these letters with a number in the Measurements toolbar to ensure that a command
with a corresponding keyboard shortcut letter is not invoked. For example,
7s would
be the correct entry to redefine a segmentation in the Measurements toolbar. However, s7
will activate whatever command is invoked with the letter S as a keyboard
shortcut.

Do not use the spacebar or backspace keys as keyboard shortcuts to avoid conflict with values entered in the Measurements toolbar.