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:
- Select SketchUp > Preferences. The Preferences dialog box is displayed.
- Click on the Shortcuts item on the left-hand side of the Preferences dialog box. The Shortcuts panel is displayed.
- 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.
- 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.
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.