Thursday, June 16, 2011

Revit Keyboard Shortcuts & You

The fastest way to boost your productivity with Revit is to start getting away from the cumbersome ribbon and break out the keyboard shortcuts.

How do you know what those shortcuts are?

I have created a comprehensive list of shortcuts in a cute little PDF. See the link below. If you would like to print it out, make sure that you choose doub
le sided to keep things on a single sheet. You will notice that there are actually two different lists in this PDF. The first is sorted by ribbon the way the commands display in Revit. The other is alphabetical. Feel free to use one or both depending on how you work best. Make sure that you have the most up-to-date shortcuts loaded into Revit. See the post on How to Load Revit Keyboard Shortcuts for more information.

Remember that you can always find out what a shortcut is directly in Revit by hovering over the command in the ribbon and waiting for the tooltip to display. The current shortcut will display in parenthesis to the right of the command name.

How To Load Revit Keyboard Shortcuts

We will be going through a step by step tutorial on how to make sure you have the latest keyboard shortcuts loaded into Revit. Warning!!! If you have manually changed your own shortcuts, realize that proceeding will overwrite those settings.

Step 1 - Open up Revit and click on the big "R" in the upper left hand corner. Then click on the "Options"
button. See the image to the right. You do not need to have a project open to follow along.

Step 2 - Once the dialog box opens, click the "User Interface" tab at the top and choose "Keyboard Shortcuts: Customize" just below.

Step 3 - In the lower left hand corner of the Keyboard Shortcuts dialog box that just opened you will see a button called "Import". Go ahead and click on it and browse to "S:\WHW BIM\Support\2013 Support\Keyboard Shortcuts". Choose the "WHW Keyboard Shortcuts 2013.xml" file and then click "Open".

Step 4 - Revit will present you with a few options. You want to choose "Overwrite existing Shortcut settings". Finally, click "OK" twice and you are ready to go.

You are probably wondering how you find out what all these wonderful shortcuts are. Head on over to the post on Revit Keyboard Shortcuts & You to find out more.

If you are interested in editing your own keyboard shortcuts, see the video tutorial below for a great synopses on how to do so. Always make sure to save a backup of the shortcuts you made using the "Export" button.