Description

The Pointwise user interface uses shortcuts, or hot keys, common to many commercial software packages. Shortcuts are key combinations you may find useful for model manipulation, saving and recalling views or directly accessing various commands. Most shortcuts can be customized using the Shortcut Manager in Edit, Preferences.

A convenient way to get a list of the current Pointwise shortcuts is by pressing the ? key (i.e. Shift + /). This will present a semi-transparent image in the Display window showing a list of shortcuts and their corresponding actions (see image below). Note that the image will remain displayed until the keyboard keys are released. Any user customized shortcuts will appear in italic font. Shortcuts which conflict will appear in a red font.

Another way to get the same list is by using the Help, Keyboard Shortcuts command. In this case, the image will remain displayed until you press the Esc key.

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Press the ? key (i.e. Shift + /) to show a semi-transparent image in the Display window listing the most commonly used Pointwise shortcuts.

The tables below provide a reference for all the default shortcuts used within Pointwise, organized by menu.

 

Note: In the tables below, RMB, LMB, and MMB refer to Right Mouse Button, Left Mouse Button, and Middle Mouse Button respectively.

Command/Function Windows/Linux Shortcut Mac Shortcut
NewCtrl+Ncommand+N
OpenCtrl+Ocommand+O
SaveCtrl+Scommand+S
Save AsCtrl+Shift+Scommand+shift+S
Print to File SetupCtrl+Shift+Pcommand+shift+P
Print to FileCtrl+Pcommand+P
Command/Function Windows/Linux Shortcut Mac Shortcut
DeleteDeletePad-Delete
CopyCtrl+Ccommand+C
JoinCtrl+Jcommand+J
SplitCtrl+Qcontrol+Q
PasteCtrl+Vcommand+V
CutCtrl+Xcommand+X
RedoCtrl+Ycommand+Y
UndoCtrl+Zcommand+Z
Delete SpecialCtrl+Deletecommand+NumPad delete
ProjectCtrl+Shift+Jcommand+shift+J
Paste SpacingCtrl+Shift+Vcommand+shift+V
Command/Function Windows/Linux Shortcut Mac Shortcut
Set Rotation PointCtrl+Shift+RMBcommand+shift+RMB
Zoom Box

Shift+MMB
Shift+LMB+RMB

 
Zoom, Zoom to FitF2F2
Show Drawing GuideF4F4
Demote, RedrawF5F5
Zoom, Zoom to SelectionShift+F2shift+F2
Manage Views, Recall User View 1-6Ctrl+1-6command+1-6
Set Lighting, Toggle Light SourceCtrl+Lcommand+L
Reset, View Ctrl+Rcommand+R
Reset, PanCtrl+Ucommand+U
Zoom, Undo ZoomCtrl+F2command+F2
Show DomainsCtrl+F3command+F3
Show ConnectorsCtrl+F4command+F4
Show NodesCtrl+F5command+F5
Panels, Defaults PanelCtrl+Shift+Dcommand+shift+D
Panels, FrameworksCtrl+Shift+Fcommand+shift+F
Panels, List PanelCtrl+Shift+Icommand+shift+I
Set Lighting, Reset Light SourceCtrl+Shift+Lcommand+shift+L
Panels, Layer ManagerCtrl+Shift+Mcommand+shift+M
Reset, Rotation PointCtrl+Shift+Rcommand+shift+R
Panels, Persistent CutsCtrl+Shift+Ucommand+shift+U
View Magnifier, Magnify ViewCtrl+Shift+Zcommand+shift+Z
Center Magnify ViewCtrl+Shift+Wcommand+shift+W
Show AxesCtrl+Shift+F3command+shift+F3
Show XYZ AxesCtrl+Shift+F4command+shift+F4
Show DatabaseCtrl+Shift+F5command+shift+F5
Show OversetCtrl+Shift+F6command+shift+F5
Recall Dynamic ViewAlt+0alt+0
Manage Views, Save User View 1-6Alt+1-6alt+1-6
Show SourcesAlt+F5alt+F5
Command/Function Windows/Linux Shortcut Mac Shortcut
Examine, Examine LastCtrl+Shift+Xcommand+shift+X
Command/Function Windows/Linux Shortcut Mac Shortcut
Cycle Selectable Entities
(cycles through entities under the cursor)
SpacebarSpacebar
Cycle Selectable Entities, Reverse Order
(cycles through entities under the cursor)
Ctrl+Spacebarcontrol+Spacebar
Isolate Mask GroupsF6F6
Isolate Mask Δs’sF7F7
Isolate Mask Database BoundariesF8F8
Isolate Mask BlocksF9F9
Isolate Mask DomainsF10F10
Isolate Mask ConnectorsF11F11
Isolate Mask DatabaseF12F12
Toggle Entity MaskShift+Mask Function Keyshift+Mask Function Key
Select AllCtrl+Acommand+A
Unselect AllCtrl+Dcommand+D
MaskCtrl+Mcommand+M
Toggle SelectionCtrl+Tcommand+T
Invert Mask Entity
(masks entity, unmasks all others)
Ctrl+Mask Function Keycommand+Mask Function Key
Select All AdjacentCtrl+Shift+Acommand+shift+A
Select AdjacentCtrl+Shift+Ncommand+shift+N
Command/Function Windows/Linux Shortcut Mac Shortcut
Assemble domains
(Toolbar)
Ctrl+Bcommand+B
Assemble Special, DomainCtrl+Kcommand+K
Assemble blocks
(Toolbar)
Ctrl+Shift+Bcommand+shift+B
Assemble Special, BlockCtrl+Shift+Kcommand+shift+K
Command/Function Windows/Linux Shortcut Mac Shortcut
DistributeCtrl+Gcommand+G
Sync SpacingsCtrl+Hcommand+H
Initialize Selected Domains/BlocksCtrl+Icommand+I
DimensionCtrl+Wcommand+W
Apply T-RexCtrl+Shift+Ecommand+shift+E
Named SpacingsCtrl+Shift+Gcommand+shift+G
Command/Function Windows/Linux Shortcut Mac Shortcut
Re-ExecuteCtrl+Ecommand+E
Command/Function Windows/Linux Shortcut Mac Shortcut
Keyboard Shortcuts??
Topic HelpF1F1
Command/Function Windows/Linux Shortcut Mac Shortcut
Copy Journal OutputCtrl+Shift+Ccommand+shift+C
ClearCtrl+Shift+Deletecommand+shift+delete
Command/Function Windows/Linux Shortcut Mac Shortcut
Display Point Position and Delta

Alt+RMB (Windows)
Shift+Ctrl+MMB
Shift+Ctrl+LMB+RMB

alt+RMB
CancelEscesc
Do It!
(Any command button containing a lightning bolt)
Ctrl+Fcommand+F
OK
(Save changes and exit any command panel)
Ctrl+Entercommand+enter
ApplyCtrl+Shift+Entercommand+shift+enter
Command Panel Text EntryNumPad EnterNumPad enter
Command/Function Windows/Linux Shortcut Mac Shortcut
X screen-axis rotationNumPad 7
Ctrl+RMB
NumPad 7
command+RMB
Y screen-axis rotationNumPad 8
Ctrl+RMB
NumPad 8
command+RMB
Z screen-axis rotationNumPad 9
Ctrl+MMB
NumPad 9
PanShift+RMBshift+RMB
Rotate TurboPage Uppage up
90° Rotations
(used with rotation keys)
Page Downpage down
3° Rotations
(used with rotation keys)
Altalt
X body-axis rotationNum Lockclear
Y body-axis rotationNumPad /NumPad =
Z body-axis rotationNumPad *NumPad /
Reverse direction of rotationNumPad -NumPad *
Category Command/Function Windows/Linux Shortcut Mac Shortcut

Using Shortcuts with a Mac

As can be seen in the table above, the Mac platform shortcuts differ slightly from Windows/Linux shortcuts for some commands. In particular, there are a few additional steps that need to be taken within your operative system if you are a Mac user and wish to use shortcuts that include the Right Mouse Button, or the F9, F10, F11, or F12 keys as part of the key combinations:

  • Use the Right Mouse Button: Go to System Preferences, Hardware, Mouse. Select Secondary Button in the right pull-down menu.
  • Use the F9, F10, or F11 keys: Go to System Preferences, Hardware, Keyboard, Keyboard Shortcuts, Dashboard & Dock. Toggle off F9, F10, and F11. This removes any conflicts that may exist between the Mac keyboard defaults and Pointwise’s.
  • Use the F12 key: Go to System Preferences, Hardware, Keyboard, Keyboard Shortcuts, Exposé & Spaces. Toggle off F12. This removes any conflicts that may exist between the Mac keyboard defaults and Pointwise’s.

For users with a standard Mac mouse, Pointwise’s Zoom Box and Z screen-axis rotation functions will be unavailable. Use of a three-button mouse or a Mac Mighty Mouse with scroll ball will enable the use of these functions via the Shift+Scroll Ball and the command+Scroll Ball shortcuts respectively. A few additional steps are needed if you wish to use the scroll ball:

  • Use the Scroll Ball: Go to System Preferences, Hardware, Mouse. Select Button 3 in the middle pulldown menu.

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