Inventor Keyboard Shortcuts

Do you use a lot of keyboard shortcuts in your CAD work, like I do? I’ve made it no secret that I hate mouse clicks. I also hate switching panels in the ribbon to find commands I use all the time. If you’ve never used the Customize command, you should. This is where you can put your own spin on the Ribbon Keyboard or Marking Menu in Inventor. This tip is specifically about keyboard aliases.

Customize Menu

Customize Menu

In this menu you can choose to show all command, sorted alphabetically, or break them down into categories of commands.  Categories include Assembly, Part, Frame Generator, Tube & Pipe etc.  you can also filter the commands in the window by those that have been assigned an Alias, or those unassigned…. or all.

Once you have narrowed your choices, find the command you’d like to assign an alias, or change the existing alias.  Click to the left of the command under the “Keys” heading, and a small window pops open, like in the image above.  The familiar “X” next to this allows you to back out without making any changes.  In the window edit the existing alias, or add a sequence of your own for executing this command.  Press enter and your new alias is assigned.  A quick way to ensure you are not duplicating an existing alias is to filter by Assigned, and then sort by the “Keys” column.  This will show you all assigned aliases alphabetically, so you can check for duplicates.  Set as many as you want and get creative…. just, uh,… write them down somewhere until you get used to the new ones.  Otherwise, like me, you may forget what you assigned!  😉



CAD Department Supervisor at Powell Fabrication & Manufacturing, Inc. CAD Designer & Detailer specializing in Inventor Tube & Pipe, Frame Generator, Content Center, Vault Professional. Autodesk Expert Elite member. Blogger. AU 2014 Speaker. Husband and father.

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