Keyboard Shortcuts

These keyboard shortcuts are those you will use most frequently.

Change the View

Zoom-In

Zoom-Out

Mouse_select_scroll-BLK Middle-Button Scroll Wheel

Scroll-Wheel - roll forward and backward to Zoom-in or Zoom-Out.

If this does not work, but has in the past, you may need to save your work, exit MechDesigner, and restart.

Pan

Ctrlb-sm + Drag

Pan the View (do not hover above any element before you 'mouse-button-down' to drag).

Click in an empty space before you CTRL+DRAG to de-select all elements.

Pan

Mouse_select_scroll-BLK[Middle Button Down] + Drag

Pan the View.

Free-Spin

Shiftb-sm + Drag

'Free' Spin the view of the graphic-area.

10º spin increments

LeftArrowb-sm , RightArrowb , UpArrowb-sm or DownArrowb-sm

10º spin increments around the Horizontal and Vertical axes of the active view

NOTE: Left and Right keys may move between 'editors tabs [Mechanism and Model-Editors]. If the keys do: Click in the Assembly-Tree and then use the Left or Right arrow keys.

30º spin increments

Ctrlb-sm + LeftArrowb-sm , RightArrowb , UpArrowb-sm or DownArrowb-sm

30º spin increments around the Horizontal and Vertical axes of the active view

90º spin increments

Shiftb-sm + LeftArrowb-sm , RightArrowb , UpArrowb-sm or DownArrowb-sm

90º spin increments around the Horizontal and Vertical axes of the active view

Keyboard + Mouse-Button Shortcuts

Click Nothing

Click an empty area of the graphic-area to clear the Selection-Window of all elements.

Click

... an element. The element with show in the Selection-Window

Click

... a sketch-element in the Part-Editor: The sketch-element AND its constraints show in the Selection-Window.

... a Profile Element in the Mechanism-Editor. The Profile and Extrusion element show in the Selection-Window.

CTRL+Click

...an element: the Element Properties dialog shows to give the kinematic and dynamic properties of the elements

Right-Click

... an element to complete a command for which you must only select one element

F1

Hover above an command icon, then click F1 (Fn+F1 on Laptops) to read the help for the command. [You must have MechDesigner.chm in C:/ProgramData/PSMotion/]

INS

Keyboard shortcut for 'Add Part'.

C

Continuously Cycle

F

Move the Master-Machine-Angle one step forward. Edit the Number-of-Steps for a complete machine cycle in the Machine Settings dialog-box.

B

Move the Master-Machine-Angle one step back.

HOME

Move the Master-Machine-Angle to 0º.

Ctrl + Z

Undo - This is actually quite powerful - especially in the Part-Editor when a sketch might get 'confused'.

 

A single click in the graphic-area will cancel non-persistent commands: Add Part, Pan and Spin.

ESC

Cancels the active command.

New MD14

ALT + Click

... a 'target with a scale shows next to your mouse-pointer. This is a quick way to approximate the distance between any elements.

 

Tutorial and Reference Help Files for MechDesigner and MotionDesigner 13.2 + © Machine, Mechanism, Motion and Cam Design Software by PSMotion Ltd