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Customizing Keyboard Shortcuts

CivilGEO’s software provides a keyboard shortcut library where you can edit or assign your own keyboard shortcuts for any command. For example, if you frequently use the Extract Cross Section Geometry command, you can assign the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+E to start the Extract Cross Section Geometry command.

Our software supports the following keyboard shortcut combinations:

  • Function (Fn) keys containing no modifiers
  • Numpad keys containing no modifiers
  • Letters, numbers and symbols containing no modifiers
  • Ctrl+letter, Ctrl+number, Ctrl+symbol, Ctrl+function
  • Ctrl+Alt+letter, Ctrl+Alt+number, Ctrl+Alt+symbol, Ctrl+Alt+function
  • Ctrl+Shift+letter, Ctrl+Shift+number, Ctrl+Shift+symbol, Ctrl+Shift+function
  • Ctrl+Shift+Alt+letter, Ctrl+Shift+Alt+number, Ctrl+Shift+Alt+symbol, Ctrl+Shift+Alt+function

Follow the steps below to customize or view the keyboard shortcuts list:

  1. Select Options from the File ribbon menu to display the Options backstage page. Click the [Define Keyboard Shortcuts] button.
    Options Backstage Page - Define Keyboard Shortcuts Button
  2. Alternatively, press the Ctrl+Period keys from the keyboard.
  3. The Keyboard Shortcuts dialog box will be displayed.
    Keyboard Shortcuts dialog box

The above dialog box lists all the shortcut key combinations along with their command names. Commands related to a certain ribbon menu section are grouped together and named after the ribbon menu. For example, commands related to the Input ribbon menu will be grouped under the Input section.

Note that each section and its associated commands are arranged alphabetically.

The following sections describe how to create, modify, or remove keyboard shortcuts and interact with the above dialog box.

Modifying Keyboard Shortcuts

To modify the keyboard shortcut of a command, follow the steps below:

  1. Select the command whose keyboard shortcut is to be modified. Then, click the edit tool adjacent to the pre-set keyboard shortcut keys as shown below.
    Edit shortcut keys option
  2. Enter the new shortcut key combination. Note that our software includes pre-set keyboard shortcuts for frequently used commands to make your workflow easier. If you try to set a shortcut key that clashes with another command’s keyboard shortcut, a warning message will be displayed, as shown below.
    Invalid Keyboard Shortcut dialog box
  3. To learn about default keyboard shortcuts in our software, refer to this article in our knowledge base.
  4. Then, save the changes to assign the new shortcut key combination, as shown below.
    Save keys option
  5. Close the Keyboard Shortcuts dialog box.

Adding Commands to Keyboard Shortcuts

To add new commands to the keyboard shortcuts library, follow the steps below:

  1. Open the Keyboard Shortcuts dialog box as shown in the previous section.
  2. Click the [Add Keyboard Shortcut] button.
    Add Keyboard Shortcut button
  3. The Add Keyboard Shortcut dialog box will be displayed. The dialog box groups all the key ribbon menu commands into the appropriate sections.
    Add Keyboard Shortcut dialog box
  4. Scroll down and select the command you would like to add to the keyboard shortcuts library.
  5. Click the edit tool.
    Edit shortcut keys option
  6. Enter the custom shortcut key combination to assign to this command.
  7. Now, save the changes as shown below.
    Save keys option
  8. Close the Add Keyboard Shortcut dialog box.
  9. The shortcut key combination, along with the command name, will be listed under its respective section in the Keyboard Shortcuts dialog box.
    Keyboard shortcuts combination
  10. Close the Keyboard Shortcuts dialog box.

Note that to remove a keyboard shortcut, the user can click the X option adjacent to the assigned shortcut keys as shown below.
Clear shortcut keys option

Restoring Keyboard Shortcuts to Default Values

To reset the keyboard shortcuts to default values, follow the steps below:

  1. Open the Keyboard Shortcuts dialog box.
  2. Click the [Reset to Defaults] button.
    Reset to Defaults button
  3. The Reset Keyboard Shortcuts confirmation dialog box will be displayed.
    Reset Keyboard Shortcuts dialog box
  4. Click the [Yes] button to reset keyboard shortcuts to default values. To cancel the process, click the [No] button.
  5. Close the Keyboard Shortcuts dialog box.

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