Keyboard shortcuts are keyboard alternatives you can use to initiate actions (commands or tools) normally accessed with the mouse. For example, to open the Select From Scene dialog, you can press the H key, or you can change the active viewport to a view from the bottom by pressing B. Keyboard shortcuts let you work faster and more efficiently.
Many keyboard shortcuts are already set for most commonly used actions. Throughout this reference, command descriptions include the default shortcut, if there is one: look for the path annotation (with a gray background) at the top of the page.
In most cases you can close a dialog with the same command used to open it. In general this applies to any combination of input methods, including menu, toolbar button, and keyboard shortcuts. For more information, see .
To see the currently assigned keyboard shortcuts, you can create a text (TXT) file of all the actions and their shortcuts. Go to the of the , and then click Write Keyboard Chart. All actions that can have a shortcut assigned to them are listed. For actions with no default shortcut assigned, the Shortcut column entry is blank.
If you click Reset on the Keyboard panel before you click Write Keyboard Chart, the text files shows the default keyboard shortcut assignments. However, this loses any custom shortcuts you might have created before.
The Keyboard Shortcut Override Toggle lets you toggle between using only the "Main User Interface" shortcut keys and using both the main shortcuts and shortcut keys for groups such as Edit/Editable Mesh, Track View, NURBS, and so on.