Join Paul F. Aubin for an in-depth discussion in this video Using keyboard shortcuts in Revit, part of Revit 2018: Essential Training for Architecture (Imperial).
- [Instructor] If you work in Revit all day long, you're always going to be looking for ways to speed up operations, particularly executing commands that you use frequently. So one way that you can do that, instead of clicking through the ribbon and hunting for the various buttons, is to use keyboard shortcuts. So keyboard shortcuts are a popular way to execute commands directly from your keyboard without having to change ribbon tabs. So let's start out by identifying which commands actually have keyboard shortcuts. The easiest way to tell whether a command has a keyboard shortcut is to just simply hover over that button on the ribbon. Now, you'll get a tooltip that displays, and what you'll notice there is the tooltip behavior in Revit is kind of a two-step behavior.
So it first shows a simple tooltip, and then after a moment or two, it will expand out and show something more detailed. So let me hover over on the Door command and show you that. Simple tooltip, and then it expands out to show you a more detailed one that often includes illustrations. Notice that in parentheses next to the word door, it says the letters D-R. That's the keyboard shortcut. So if I wanted to execute the Door command without clicking the button, I would type D-R. And you can see that that puts me in the Door command. Now, very important that you just type the letters D and then R, do not press Enter or any other keystroke in order to execute this command.
Now, why is that important? Well, I'm going to escape out of this command. I can either use the Escape key, or I can click the Modify tool. Let's do the Wall command. So I'm going to do W-A. Now let's say I forgot and I pressed Enter. Notice that it went back to the Door command. Well, why is that? Well, Enter is actually a shortcut for Repeat Last Command. So what happens is, you ran the Wall command with W-A, and then it immediately canceled the command and repeated the last command, which was the Door command before that. So I'm going to cancel out of here again and show you that more slowly.
W-A, you can see I'm in the Wall command. And then I press Enter, and now I'm in the Door command. So that can be really frustrating if you're not expecting that, because you think you're getting the Wall command and it keeps going to the Door command or some other command, and you're wondering why that is. So if you're instinctually in the habit of pressing the Enter key, try to resist that. You're going to have to kind of get a new muscle memory ingrained and avoid that habit of pressing the Enter key. All right, I'm going to Escape twice to cancel out of that command. Now, keyboard shortcuts can also be customized.
So if we sort of hover over the Wall command, we can see it's W-A, Door is D-R, Window is W-N, Component is C-M, Column is C-L, but I get over here to the Roof command and there is nothing in parentheses. So what that tells me is this command cannot be executed with a keyboard shortcut, at least not initially. Now, if you create lots of roofs and you want a keyboard shortcut for the Roof command, then you can customize the keyboard shortcuts. So where do you do that? You go over to the View tab, click on the user interface, and then come down here to the Keyboard Shortcut command.
Interestingly enough, the Keyboard Shortcuts command has a keyboard shortcut, K-S. So if you prefer not to have to come over here to this ribbon tab, you can just type K-S, and that will display this dialog. Now, the first thing that you probably want to do is search for either the command or the keyboard shortcut you're thinking of. So let's say I wanted to do a Roof by Footprint command and I wanted it to be R-F. So I'll search for R-F and see if something comes up. And when I scroll through here, R-F doesn't appear anywhere. So what that tells me is that that keyboard shortcut is available.
So next, I'll search for Roof, and I get all of the various roof commands. Here is Roof by Footprint, and I can type R-F, and click Assign. That adds that new Roof by Footprint keyboard shortcut to the command. Now, what I'm going to do here is click the little X to clear that out, and you could scroll through this entire list here to see which keyboard shortcuts are already available. Now, I do want to point out that it's possible to have more than one keyboard shortcut for the same command. So here's the Properties command, and it actually has three different keyboard shortcuts.
It's also possible, unfortunately, to assign the same shortcut to more than one command, so that's why it was important that I did the search first before assigning the shortcut, because if I don't do that, then I could accidentally assign the same shortcut to two different commands, and it would only execute the one, and it would never get to the other one. So you need to make sure that you understand which shortcuts are being used before you make modifications. Now you can export the list here to create a text file that's kind of like a cheat sheet, but frankly, I just use the tooltip way of finding the keyboard shortcuts, and I think you'll learn them pretty quickly that way.
I'm actually going to cancel this command, and it's going to ask me, do I want to save the change that I made? I'm going to discard that change of adding the Roof by Footprint, but if you want to keep that keyboard shortcut, feel free to do so. So keyboard shortcuts are a very popular way to execute commonly used commands. Once again, they are two keystrokes, don't press the Enter key. So once you kind of get in the habit of using them, you should remember all of your favorite commands and be able to execute them quickly with just two strokes.
First, get comfortable with the Revit environment, and learn to set up a project and add the grids, levels, and dimensions that will anchor your design. Then author Paul F. Aubin helps you dive into modeling: adding walls, doors, and windows; using joins and constraints; creating and mirroring groups; linking to external assets and DWG files; and modeling floors, roofs, and ceilings.
Paul also shows advanced techniques for modeling stairs and complex walls, adding rooms, and creating schedules. Finally, discover how to annotate your drawings so all the components are clearly understood, and learn how to output sheets to DWF, PDF, or AutoCAD.
- Understanding BIM and the Revit element hierarchy
- Navigating views
- Creating a new project from a template
- Adding walls, doors, and windows
- Adding plumbing fixtures and other components
- Linking AutoCAD DWG files
- Rotating and aligning Revit links
- Working with footprint and extrusion roofs
- Adding openings
- Adding railings and extensions to stairs
- Creating stacked and curtain walls
- Hiding and isolating objects
- Adding rooms
- Creating schedule views and tags
- Adding text and dimensions
- Creating new families
- Using reference planes, parameters, and constraints
- Plotting and creating a PDF