In this video, Jim answers the frequently asked question of why some of the keyboard shortcuts don’t always work. He explains that this can be common for keyboard shortcuts that use the F keys or function keys, and he describes how to correct this common issue.
- [Jim] Hi, Jim Rogers here and this week in Blue Beam Tips and Tricks, I'm going to address a frequently asked question related to keyboard shortcuts, or actually its a frequently voiced frustration related to keyboard shortcuts that don't seem to work. And I see this question posted often, I see answers in user forums that range from all kinds of crazy answers that don't seem to work to answers like oh, just reassign the keyboard shortcut, don't worry about it. So I know this is a common frustration and I'm gonna clear it up for you right now.
What this relates to is keyboard shortcuts that are assigned to your keyboards function key or F keys, those ones along the top row of the keyboard, F1 through F12 commonly. So what happens is many times those function keys are already assigned to something unique to your laptop or to that keyboard so for example, my F4 key turns my volume down, my F5 key turns my volume up, and what this means when I'm working in Blue Beam on this particular machine is that for example the shortcut for close all these panels.
So I have my studio panel open, I have my mark up list panel open. To close all of these and regain my screen real estate, I should be able to just click on shift + F4 and that should close all the panels. Now, you can't tell because you can't see my hands, but I just clicked shift + F4 on my keyboard and nothing happened so that could be really frustrating. The other example is I should be able to click Shift + F9 and the keyboard shortcut that that's assigned to should show a grid on my drawing that I have open.
So I'm gonna click Shift + F9 and I don't get a grid. What I get is that I just opened up the Windows search bar on my computer so again, this can be really frustrating. Here's how you fix it. What's happening is that these keys, these F keys have been assigned internally in you machine to something else so to bypass that assignment, instead of just clicking for example F4 to close these panels, you wanna hold on down the function key, which should be fn on your keyboard, hold that down and then click shift + F4 and you'll notice all my panels closed.
I'm gonna hold down function and I'm gonna click shift + F9 and you see a grid that just appeared across my drawing. Hold down function, click shift + F9 again and the grid disappears so all of a sudden, I've made those keyboard shortcuts work. Like I said, this was one of those frequently asked questions that I get, I know its a source of frustration when these keyboard shortcuts don't work or when they do something unexpected, so hopefully this clears up a source of frustration for some of you and gets you another step closer to becoming a Blue Beam expert.