All ArchiCAD users learn pretty quickly that pressing ESC often enough switches you from whatever Tool is active to the Arrow Tool… but what if you then want to go back to the last Tool? To switch from the Arrow Tool to the last Tool used – press W on the keyboard… W will
Want to toggle between the arrow tool and the last selected tool? Press the w key
ArchiCAD automatically adjusts between Polar (Distance / Angle) and Cartesian (X / Y) Coordinate input method depending the geometry method being used. Typically linear elements will use the Polar method and rectangular elements will use the Cartesian but sometimes you may want to override this and choose what is most appropriate. Polar Coordinate input example…
open a perspective 3D view MAC: option +F3 WIN: Shift + F3 Open axonometry 3D view MAC: command + F3 WIN: Ctrl + F3
Shift + ` (the key next to number 1) Use these quick keys to create a Guide Line segment anywhere with two clicks.
The most import quick key you will learn. In fact its so good, a lot computer software use it. Save! as in File Save. WIN: Control + S MAC: Command + S And when your working in team work, using a BIM server your most important quick key is for Send Changes WIN: Control + Alt + S MAC: Command + Option + S
When using the 3D explore use Shift to “sprint” and + / – to increase / decrease the speed.
MAC: Shift + F7 WIN: Alt + F7 This allows you to quickly place a drawing onto a layout sheet if you haven’t already saved the view in your view map. Ideal for elevation, sections, details & schedule as you shouldn’t need to rename the view if you have done it in the plan.
home button opens the favorite pop up for the currently active tool in the tool box
Shift + S Turns on or off the Grid Snap