Some designers prefer to enter keystrokes rather than rely on menu options or mouse clicks to use tools. Autodesk Inventor LT 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.
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 LT. Assign custom shortcuts for transparent commands (for example, zoom, pan), and for file utility functions, such as printing, and so on.
Some keys are reserved for specific purposes in Autodesk Inventor LT. For example, F1 accesses Help in all Microsoft Windows applications. In Autodesk Inventor LT, 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 LT:
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.
In any Autodesk Inventor LT 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.
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 LT.
Note on default install locations for both Import and Export operations:
Autodesk Inventor LT 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.
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.