Learn how to use the mouse and keyboard to rotate and translate data in the graphics window.
- [Instructor] Here I want to talk about how we navigate within the graphics window. Pan, rotate, translations, zooms, those kinds of things using the mouse. Now the people over at DeSo have done a wonderful job of basically controlling your screen with the mouse. They've really simplified it but you have to get used to the little finger dance to make sure you get the most out of the usage of your mouse when you're doing your panning and zooming and everything is based off of the middle mouse button. So if I come in and right now hover over the top of a bit of geometry and just simply click the middle mouse button or your wheel, just by clicking on that geometry it recenters the point of rotation to that geometry that you've selected so now when I rotate you'll see it rotates about that point.
Now the next question that I get is well how did you just rotate that Steve? And the way that works is once again off of the middle mouse button. So if I singularly click on something that becomes a point of rotation. If I click and hold the middle mouse button down you'll see now I can pan. In order to rotate I need to now keep the middle mouse button held down and click either the first or the third mouse button.
It doesn't matter at this point. Whichever you're most comfortable with. My personal preference is I use my middle finger, hold down the middle mouse button and then I use my first finger or my index finger to hold down the first mouse button. You can do that in reverse, you can use the middle mouse button with your index finger and use your middle finger to hold down the third mouse button, it does not matter. So long as you're holding both down and the middle mouse button is pressed first. Now that I have them held down I am able to rotate the part.
Now to zoom all I have to do is release either the first or the third mouse button. The moment I release that I'm still holding down the middle mouse button I'm able to zoom in and out by moving my mouse up or down on the screen. And that little finger dance is the most efficient, effective way to move, pan, rotate, translate, zoom your graphics window.
So once again if I click over a bit of geometry you'll see that it centers the part on that point or geometry that I clicked on with the middle mouse button. Once again holding the middle mouse button down and I move it, that's my pan, middle mouse button in conjunction with the first or third mouse button is my rotate and continue to hold the middle mouse button down and release the first or third mouse button and that's your zoom.
And that's the basics of how you pan, rotate, center, translate, zoom on the part with the mouse.
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