Blender Keyboard Shortcuts

Here’s a list of shortcuts for use in our Blender adventures. These become second nature very quickly, but when you’ve been away from Blender for a while it’s really easy to forget them all. So while they’re in my mind, here’s what my brain currently knows and likes.

Transformations

  • G – move (grab)
  • S – scale
  • R – rotate
  • RR – rotate (trackball  mode)
  • CTRL + A – Apply Transformations

Constrain either of these actions around an axis by entering X, Y or Z respectively. Likewise, press SHIFT + X/Y/Z to exclude said axis. Enter a number following an axis for a precise value. For example, to rotate your object 90 degrees around the Z axis, type “R Z 90 Enter”.

Selections

  • CTRL + Drag – Lasso Selection
  • C – Circular Selection (left-click and drag to paint the selection)
  • B – Border Selection (drag a rectangle)
  • A – toggle select / deselect everything
  • CTRL + I – invert selection
  • ALT + right-click an edge to select the whole edge
  • CTRL + right-click two items to select everything in between
  • O – toggle Proportional Edition
  • CTRL + plus/minus – grow/shrink selection
  • CTRL + TAB – Vertex / Edge / Face Selection
  • CTRL + SPACE – hide/show the manipulator gizmo
  • H – hide selected
  • SHIFT + H – hide everything but the current selection
  • ALT + H – unhide everything

Tools (Edit Mode)

  • CTRL + R – Loop Cut and Slide (Page Up to add more loops)
  • E – Extrude (click without moving to add geometry)
  • CTRL + F – Face Menu
  • CTRL + E – Edge Menu
  • CTRL + V – Vertex Menu
  • SHIFT + S – Snap Menu
  • SHIFT + CTRL + ALT + C – Set Origin Menu
  • F – Fill an opening (select closed edges to succeed)
  • W – Specials Menu
  • P – Split selection into its own object (then selectable in Object Mode)
  • L – select linked faces / edges / vertices
  • GG – move an edge along
  • D – Grease Pencil mode (hold down, then left-click and drag, CTRL to draw lines, right-click to erase)
  • ALT + SPACE – select transformation orientation (global, local, etc)

With all transformations, hold down SHIFT for more precise control. Hold down CTRL for more coarse control.

Tools (Object Mode)

  • CTRL + J – Join Objects (SHIFT select multiple)
  • T – open / close Tools Palette (left of viewport)
  • N – open / close Transform Palette (right of viewport)
  • H – Hide Selected
  • SHIFT + H – Hide Unselected
  • ALT + H – Show Hidden
  • M – Move to Layer

Viewport and Viewing

  • NUMPAD + . – View Selected (doesn’t work on Mac, even with Enable Numpad active)
  • CTRL + ALT + Q – toggle in and out of Quad View
  • SHIFT + C – Center Cursor and View All
  • CTRL + B – create a small window in rendered viewport (renders faster)
  • CTRL + ALT + B – clear the border

This is by all means not a complete list, just the ones I found useful on my own Blender journey.





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