Monday, October 26, 2009

How to use the new Keyboard Shortcuts Dialog and Tips

UPDATE: Check out my Supertip post at http://whatrevitwants.blogspot.com/2010/04/supertip-3-keyboard-shortcuts.html

The Subscription Advantage Pack for Autodesk Revit Architecture 2010 has generally been received quite well. I am a little annoyed that I recently spent quite some time creating some parametric truss families, and now they give us the Structural tools! In reality though, it is a welcome and helpful update.

The new Keyboard Shortcuts dialog is great - it allows for easy viewing and updating of shortcuts. However, it does not allow you to 'sort' the priority of shortcuts that begin with the same letter. Here are a few tips on using the new dialog:

  • To open the dialog, go to the View tab, User Interface button, Keyboard Shorcuts...
  • To import your old shorcuts, click on Import, change the 'Files of type' drop down list to *.txt files, browse to your 'Program' folder and select the 'KeyboardShortcuts.txt' file. You can choose to overwrite or merge your shortcuts.
  • To ensure that a given shortcut works with a single key configuration (ie. Move triggered by M-Space, remove all other shortcuts beginning with 'M' and reassign them.
  • TIP - You can use the 'number' keys and assign shortcuts to these! If you are a gamer, it will be quite natural for you to select the number keys to trigger various weapons, powers or actions. Now, you can set Move to 1, Copy to 2, Rotate to 3 and so forth. These are your powers now!
  • TIP - By clicking the 'shortcuts' column heading in this dialog, it will sort the commands by their related shortcuts. This is a quick and easy way to see if there are any duplicates.

Enjoy the new Keyboard Shorcuts dialog and feel free to post any tips or comments you may have.

PS - Here are some relevant AUGI forum links for your perusal:

Help w/ new keyboard shortcuts?

Subscription Advantage Pack for Revit

3 comments:

  1. have you tried installing the Revit extensions on a Windows 7 Machine? I installed everything but the Extensions keep erroring out. any ideas?

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  2. Hi Scott. I'm not currently using Revit 2010 on a Windows 7 machine, so I'm sorry but I can't help you. Maybe someone else has a comment on this?

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