Some designers prefer to enter keystrokes rather than rely on menu options or mouse clicks to use tools. Autodesk Inventor has many predefined shortcut keys. The shortcuts are shown in tooltips when you pause the cursor over a tool button and beside the option name in commands.
You can develop your own shortcut scheme and assign custom shortcuts to commands. The key combination you want to use for a shortcut is sometimes already assigned to a default shortcut. In that case, you can usually delete the shortcut and reassign the keys to the command of your choice.
What is the Autodesk Inventor strategy for shortcuts?
The strategy for assigning default shortcut and command alias keys is designed to accommodate major workflows. In general, assign command aliases to modeling and other general-purpose tasks in Autodesk Inventor. Assign custom shortcuts for transparent commands (for example, zoom, pan), and for file utility functions, such as printing, and so on.
NoteDo not use the Shift key in combination with a letter. This combination, creates a command alias. Use Shift in combination with another modifier (Ctrl or Alt). Existing R11 shortcuts are available, however, R11 shortcuts that involve only the Shift key are changed to Shift+Ctrl combinations.
What default shortcuts cannot be overridden?
Some keys are reserved for specific purposes in Autodesk Inventor. For example, F1 accesses Help in all Microsoft Windows applications. In Autodesk Inventor, all the F-keys (function keys) are reserved for global operations. Additionally, some other keys cannot be used in custom shortcuts. The following table contains all the reserved shortcuts in Autodesk Inventor:
Visual Basic Editor
Are some keys ineligible for use in shortcuts?
In addition to the function keys, some other keys cannot be used in custom shortcuts:
Left and Right arrow keys
Other nonstandard keys such as multimedia keys or Internet keys are also ineligible.
Do not use Alt with the A-Z keys or the 1-0 keys because it can interfere with the Microsoft Windows standard accelerator keys for accessing menu commands. We recommend that you use Alt in combination with other modifier keys such as Shift and Ctrl plus a letter or number key.
How do shortcut keys work?
In any Autodesk Inventor environment, enter a shortcut to start a command. If the model or drawing is not in a state where the command can be used, the shortcut is inactive. For example, to define the plus sign on the numeric keypad (Num +) to the perpendicular constraint, a sketch must be active. If a sketch is not active, the command is not activated.
If you enter the shortcut when the model is ready to use the command, the command starts normally.
Can I import or export shortcuts?
You can click Export in the Customize dialog box to export the shortcuts to an XML file. Then you can share your custom shortcuts with other users. Ribbon and marking menu customization settings can also be saved in the same XML file. You can import the shortcuts and other customization settings when you open a new release of Autodesk Inventor.
Note on default install locations for both Import and Export operations:
Windows XP: Program Files\Autodesk\Autodesk Inventor [version]\Preferences
Vista: Users\[login]AppData\Local\Autodesk\Autodesk Inventor[revision]\Preferences
Create custom shortcut keys
Autodesk Inventor has many predefined shortcut keys. Using the defined key or combination of keys, you can start a command. In addition to predefined keys, you can create custom shortcuts or change the default shortcuts.
- Click , and then click the Keyboard tab.
- In the Categories list, click the command category that you want.
- In the filter list, select All, Assigned, or Unassigned, to see a list of associated commands and shortcuts in the command box.
All commands are displayed in the command box
Only commands with assigned shortcuts or aliases are displayed in the command box.
Only commands without assigned shortcuts or aliases are displayed in the command box.
- In the command box, click in the Keys column next to the associated command. Enter the shortcut, using any of these methods:
- Press a punctuation key (including ` - = [ ] \ ; ' , . /), or one of the following keys: Home, End, PgUp, PgDn, Up arrow, Down arrow.
- Press a combination of the Shift key along with a numeric key (0-9), punctuation key, or one of the following keys: Home, End, PgUp, PgDn, Up arrow, Down arrow.
NoteAny Shift+letter combination results in a command alias. Existing R11 shortcuts are available, however, R11 shortcuts that involve only the Shift key have been changed to Shift+Ctrl combinations.
- Press any combination of Shift, Ctrl, and Alt keys along with an alphanumeric character.
NoteCombine Alt with the Shift and/or Ctrl and a letter or number. We do not recommend using Alt without another modifier.
- To discard the new shortcut before assigning it, click Reject or press Delete or Backspace.
NoteTo discard an existing shortcut, click in the Keys column next to the associated command and press Delete or Backspace.
- To assign the shortcut, click Accept or press Enter.
- Continue to assign shortcuts or click Close to close the dialog box.
Tips for creating and using custom shortcut keys and command alias character sequences
- A good rule of thumb to follow, when assigning custom shortcuts and command aliases, is to:
- Assign command aliases for modeling and other general-purpose tasks in Autodesk Inventor.
- Assign custom shortcuts for transparent commands, such as zoom and pan, and for file utility functions, such as printing, and so on.
Note The Shift key, in combination with a letter (A-Z), creates a command alias. Shortcuts require the use of either Ctrl or Alt or both as a modifier. Shift can be used in addition to Ctrl and Alt. Shift can also be used alone with numeric and punctuation keys. Existing R11 shortcuts are available, however, R11 shortcuts that involve only Shift are changed to Shift+Ctrl combinations.
- Shortcuts assigned to the numeric keypad are sometimes unavailable on laptop computers.
- A key combination or character sequence can already be in use as a default shortcut or alias. The customize dialog box allows you to override an existing assignment, and assign the key combination or character sequence to the command of your choice.
- A key combination can already be in use as a reserved shortcut. In this case, you can assign an alias to the command, but not a customized shortcut.
- In general, shortcuts can be executed when a dialog box is active. Command aliases are not used while a dialog box is active.
- In the Customize dialog box, Keyboard tab, use Copy to Clipboard to copy a list of command names and their assigned aliases and shortcuts to the clipboard. You can paste this data into an Excel spreadsheet or any word processor.
NoteIf this command is selected while a shortcut is being edited, any changes to the shortcut are discarded and reset to the last value.