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What does the ESC key do?

Ken
Esc key

One key that is used continually in ARCHICAD is the ESC (Escape) key - especially by ex-AutoCAD users - you know you do it!  Why though?  What does it do?  Does it do what you expect?

It is important to know what this key does and why, or when, you should use it.

The following things happen when you press ESC - and keep pressing:

  1. Exit numeric input
  2. Exit navigation (Orbit, Explore)
  3. Remove fixing
  4. Remove Snap Reference
  5. Exit input
  6. Deselect all
  7. Remove Marquee
  8. Change to Arrow tool

This means, depending on what you are working with and the current selection, pressing the ESC key will do different things.

In day to day use, it is better to press ESC and watch the results then stop when you have what you need... as opposed to frantic click, click, clicking that always ends with everything cancelled, nothing selected and the Arrow Tool active!

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ARCHICAD has been the primary software in my architectural practice for over a decade. I am continuously impressed by the powerful solution ARCHICAD offers for the design process from early design through construction. I love that I never need to “dumb-down” my virtual designs at any point along the way! The power of the virtual model is incredible through every stage of the project and it is especially helpful for many clients who otherwise struggle with visualization of their project.

Graham Whipple, Auffallendesign
Idaho Falls, ID
“Having used Revit and ARCHICAD extensively, I can without hesitation say that ARCHICAD is BIM for architects. The ease of workflow from pre-design to schematic design to construction documents makes it ideal. There are so many time saving features. The fact that I can collaborate globally with minimal setup and that I can create anything my imagination comes up with is a great benefit to my architectural practice.”

David Clayton, AIA – President, DEIV Architecture
Salt Lake City, UT