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Keyboard shortcuts for principal views

Keyboard shortcuts for principal views

Keyboard shortcuts for principal views

The following thread explains how to set up keyboard shortcuts:


The original poster wanted to set up Ctrl+1 through Ctrl+7 to toggle between model views, like in SolidWorks. Coming from SolidWorks, I wanted to do the same, but there was no easy way to discover the corresponding commands that the keystrokes should be matched to.

I discovered the ideasCommand.xml file in the IDEAS program directory and - after some trial and error - found that adding the following entries to ideas.ini:


would map Ctrl+F1 through Ctrl+F6 to Front, Back, Left, Right, Top, Bottom, in that order (I-DEAS doesn't allow you to map to CTRL+1, etc.). The labels (Accel101, etc.) don't need to be the same in your ini file. I believe they just need to be unique.


Rob Campbell, PE

RE: Keyboard shortcuts for principal views

I discovered an easier way than deciphering ideasCommand.xml to find the correct sequences for many commands. Open up the Tools->Customize dialog. Find the command of interest by selecting first a category then a specific command. Then click COPY, and the command sequence will be displayed in a dialog box. Once you've copied the sequence, cancel out of the dialog box, because you'll still be making your changes to ideas.ini.

Using this method, the keyboard shortcuts become:

Accel101=CONTROL-F1;command;/v v pe of; e 0 0 1 0; okay;
Accel102=CONTROL-F2;command;/v v pe of; e 0 0 -1 0; okay;
Accel103=CONTROL-F3;command;/v v pe of; e -1 0 0 0; okay;
Accel104=CONTROL-F4;command;/v v pe of; e 1 0 0 0; okay;
Accel105=CONTROL-F5;command;/v v pe of; e 0 1 0 0; okay;
Accel106=CONTROL-F6;command;/v v pe of; e 0 -1 0 0; okay;
Accel110=CONTROL-F7;command;$ /v v pe of; e 3 4 5 0; okay;

Using the ideasCommand.xml method, I was never able to map the left or isometric views correctly, so this is much better.


Rob Campbell, PE

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