DraftSight: Keyboard Shortcuts

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Throughout my CAD learning journey, I’ve always searched for ways to make my drawing experience more productive and less time consuming. That said, today’s blog I’ll be covering how to create personalized Keyboard Shortcuts in DraftSight – in just a few quick clicks!

When you’re ready, just locate some empty space in the ribbon and right click. This will open a drop-down menu with the Customize Interface… option located at the very bottom. When selected, you’ll be prompted with a Customization window with a few tabs on the left-hand side.

From there, specify Keyboard from the left-side options, and click on the Keyboard Shortcuts tab. You’ll then be prompted with two more tabs, called Shortcut Keys and Override Keys.

If you choose the Shortcut Keys tab, DraftSight will display your current keyboard shortcuts and their designated commands in a table format. Here, you can scroll through and make note of your shortcuts for future drafting.

Keep in mind that most of the preinstalled shortcuts are pretty basic features, like Undo, Redo, Save, etc.

So, if you find yourself using certain commands that don’t have shortcuts on a regular basis – here’s how to add to your list:

Simply, locate and select the green “+” icon next to the upper right corner of your shortcuts table. This will make a new empty row for you to customize. Next, double click on the Key column of your row and specify the keyboard command you’d like to signify your new feature shortcut.

Then press the Show Command Explorer icon positioned underneath the green “+” icon to open a list of possible commands to attach to your new shortcut. You can use the Find: text box to locate your particular feature and then click and drag it into the Command Name column of your new row in the Shortcut Keys table.

Lastly, just press Apply and OK – and your specified feature will be activated the next time you type your chosen Shortcut Key into the DraftSight application!

I hope this post encourages you to try out Shortcut Keys in DraftSight!

Check out the video below to see how easy it is to personalize your own!


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Rachael Crunkleton
I’m a first time CAD user with an interest in architectural design. I discovered CAD through my background in presenting applications and studying new types of software. With the help of DraftSight, I’m developing my drawing abilities and sharing my progress along the way.
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