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Shift, Control, and Tab Key Functionality
Tip# 4471 By R.T. Rinehart On 11-May-2015
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Categories : Misc. User Tools
Software type : AutoCAD 2015
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Increase your productivity with the Shift, Control, and Tab keys.

Shift functionality -- use the Shift key in AutoCAD for increased productivity in these areas:

  1. Shift pick to remove from selection set when picking objects.
  2. Shift to invoke temporary ortho mode when drawing entities.
  3. Shift to temporarily override radius or chamfer settings in the Fillet and Chamfer commands.
  4. Shift to reverse the function of the Trim and Extend commands.
  5. Shift right-click for Snap Override menu and other context-sensitive screen menus.
  6. Shift + Spacebar + left-click to cycle through overlapping or close entities.
  7. Shift + Alt + middle mouse button to free orbit your coordinate system

Tab and Control functionality -- use the Tab and Control keys in AutoCAD for increased productivity in these areas:

  1. Use Tab to cycle through various object snaps when you have them on.
  2. Use Control + Tab to cycle through open drawings.
  3. Use Control + R to change or cycle through overlapping viewports in paper space.
  4. Use Control + left pick for subobject selection (i.e., selecting only one segment of a polyline or other grouped object).
  5. Use Tab to cycle through known commands by typing in the first letter on the Command line.
  6. Use Control + 9 to show or hide the Command line.
  7. Use Control + middle mouse button to freestyle pan.

This list is in no way comprehensive, but I just listed the ones I utilize the most daily. Please see your product documentation for a complete list.

Notes from Cadalyst tip review R.K. McSwain: A very nice list of keyed shortcuts for AutoCAD. There are probably a few in there that you did not know. Are there others that are not on this list that you use?


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Comment by Luckenbill,Michael
Posted on 2015-05-12 08:45:10
Thank you for this handy list! I wanted to point out the reverse is true for #2 of your Shift functionality list, if ortho is on holding shift will suppress it and allow you to draw freely.
Comment by White,David
Posted on 2015-05-26 17:35:46
Thanks!!! I really like stuff like this. It's often hard to find in any CAD books. Well worth your time to post this.