Assigning keyboard shortcuts (Microsoft Windows)

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 Window > 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 Assigned list.
  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 'Add Shortcut' field. 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 Alt. SketchUp will indicate when a key or key combination cannot be used or is already assigned.
  6. Click the + button.

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.

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