There are loads of keyboard shortcuts in ARCHICAD and getting to know some of them can certainly increase your productivity… but a few are more complicated to remember and not used as often than others. The ones we will outline in this article are ones you can potentially use ALL the time and are very, very simple!
If you work regularly with Structural Steel components and exchange data with Structural software using IFC - you might find it useful to use the Standard Profiles for Columns and Beams that are available within ARCHICAD.
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One of the features that is used constantly in ARCHICAD is the zooming and panning function of the Mouse Wheel. It might seem second nature and you probably don’t think about it… but do you know ALL the functions it performs?
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The following functionality works in both the 2D and 3D views within ARCHICAD.
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:
When you are working in large complex model with a lot of details, you sometimes want to edit a ‘type of element’. For example, you may select a bunch of elements and data on a floor plan but want to do something simple like change the color of the Dimension text or the font used on Zone names.
When you create a new Detail Drawing or Worksheet – you will often see a dashed line boundary appearing. This shows the zone that was initially highlighted in the creation of the document… and the first thing most people do is delete it! However, the next time you rebuild the view, it will come back, and keep coming back!
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When you work with large 3D models, navigation can become slow due to the number of Polygons. Common ways to improve this situation usually involve turning Layers off or using a Marquee to limit the window content. However, another option is available!
How often do you grab a selection of Elements and want to change all their Layers to a different one - or set all the colors to be the same? And then the frustration when you realise only one element type (the last one randomly selected) will change?
Well, this does not have to be the case! Rather than using the Infobox or Element Settings (Line, Polyline etc), use the Edit Selection Set command…