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Customize Keyboard

Customizes the keyboard by specifying shortcut keys.

To customize shortcut keys:

  1. With a document open, click Tools, Customize, or right-click in the window border and select Customize.

  1. On the Keyboard tab, customize the shortcuts as described below, then click OK.

Display and Document the Shortcuts

Category. Display All Commands, one of the main menus, or Others. Others includes orientations, FeatureManager design tree commands, relations, etc. Macro icons with shortcuts appear in Tools.

Show only commands with shortcuts assigned. Displays the commands within the selected category that have shortcuts assigned.

Search for. Filters the Command field as you type.

Print List. Click to open the Microsoft Print Setup dialog box and print the selected list with columns for Category, Command, and Shortcut(s).

Copy List. Click to copy the selected list to the clipboard so you can paste it into documents such as Word or Excel.

Reset to Defaults. Returns keyboard options to the system defaults.

Assign Shortcuts

  1. Select a command.

  2. Press a key or key combination.

If a shortcut key is already assigned, a message informs you. If you choose to use the shortcut for the new command, it is removed from the old command.

Letters are shown in uppercase. For example, if you hold down Ctrl and press m, Ctrl+M is displayed. If you hold down Ctrl and press Shift and m, Ctrl+Shift+M is displayed.

When executing keyboard shortcuts, Caps Lock does not imply Shift and does not affect the shortcuts.

Remove Shortcuts

  • To remove a shortcut, select its command and click Remove Shortcut.

  • To reset all shortcuts to the system defaults, click Reset to Defaults.

  • To abandon current changes, click Cancel.


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