The Pointwise user interface uses accelerators , or hot keys, common to many other commercial software packages. Accelerators are key combinations you may find useful for model manipulation or other miscellaneous functions. The table below provides a reference for the most common accelerators used within Pointwise.


Note: In the table below, RMB, LMB, and MMB refer to Right Mouse Button, Left Mouse Button, and Middle Mouse Button respectively.

Command/Function Windows/Linux Accelerator Mac Accelerator
File, NewCtrl+Ncommand+N
File, OpenCtrl+Ocommand+O
File, SaveCtrl+Scommand+S
File, Save AsCtrl+Shift+Scommand+shift+S
File, Print to File SetupCtrl+Shift+Pcommand+shift+P
File, Print to FileCtrl+Pcommand+P
Edit, UndoCtrl+Zcommand+Z
Edit, RedoCtrl+Ycommand+Y
Edit, CutCtrl+Xcommand+X
Edit, CopyCtrl+Ccommand+C
Edit, PasteCtrl+Vcommand+V
Edit, DeleteDeletePad-Delete
Edit, Delete SpecialCtrl+Deletecommand+NumPad delete
Edit, ProjectCtrl+Shift+Jcommand+shift+J
Edit, SplitCtrl+Qcommand+Q
Edit, JoinCtrl+Jcommand+J
View, Zoom, Undo ZoomCtrl+F2command+F2
View, Zoom, Zoom to FitF2F2
View, Zoom, Zoom to SelectionShift+F2shift+F2
View, Manage Views, Recall View 1Ctrl+1command+1
View, Manage Views, Recall View 2Ctrl+2command+2
View, Manage Views, Recall View 3Ctrl+3command+3
View, Manage Views, Recall View 4Ctrl+4command+4
View, Manage Views, Recall View 5Ctrl+5command+5
View, Manage Views, Recall View 6Ctrl+6command+6
View, Manage Views, Save View 1Alt+1alt+1
View, Manage Views, Save View 2Alt+2alt+2
View, Manage Views, Save View 3Alt+3alt+3
View, Manage Views, Save View 4Alt+4alt+4
View, Manage Views, Save View 5Alt+5alt+5
View, Manage Views, Save View 6Alt+6alt+6
View, Set Rotation PointCtrl+Shift+RMBcommand+shift+RMB
View, Reset, View Ctrl+Rcommand+R
View, Reset, PanCtrl+Ucommand+U
View, Reset, Rotation PointCtrl+Shift+Rcommand+shift+R
View, Demote, RedrawF5F5
View, Set Lighting, toggle Light Direction Type between With View and With SceneCtrl+Lcommand+L
View, Show DomainsCtrl+F3command+F3
View, Show ConnectorsCtrl+F4command+F4
View, Show NodesCtrl+F5command+F5
View, Show DatabaseCtrl+Shift+F5command+shift+F5
View, Show AxesCtrl+Shift+F3command+shift+F3
View, Show XYZ AxesCtrl+Shift+F4command+shift+F4
Examine, Examine LastCtrl+Shift+Xcommand+shift+X
Select, Select AllCtrl+Acommand+A
Select, Unselect AllCtrl+Dcommand+D
Select, Toggle SelectionCtrl+Tcommand+T
Select, AdjacentCtrl+Shift+Ncommand+shift+N
Select, All AdjacentCtrl+Shift+Acommand+shift+A
Select, MaskCtrl+Mcommand+M
Create, Assemble Special, BlockCtrl+Shift+Kcommand+shift+K
Create, Assemble Special, DomainCtrl+Kcommand+K
Assemble domains (Not open the Assemble Domains panel)Ctrl+Bcommand+B
Assemble blocks (Not open the Assemble Blocks panel)Ctrl+Shift+Bcommand+shift+B
Grid, DimensionCtrl+Wcommand+W
Grid, DistributeCtrl+Gcommand+G
Initialize Selected Domains/BlocksCtrl+Icommand+I
Script, Re-ExecuteCtrl+Ecommand+E
Help, Pointwise HelpF1F1
command Panel Text EntryNumPad EnterNumPad enter
OK (Save changes and exit any command panel)Ctrl+Entercommand+enter
Do It! (Any command button containing a lightning bolt)Ctrl+Fcommand+F
Clear message windowCtrl+Shift+Deletecommand+shift+delete
Display point position and distance between it and last selected point

Alt+RMB (Windows)

Shift+Ctrl+Middle Mouse Button


Cycle through selectable entities under cursorSpacebarSpacebar
Cycle through selectable entities under cursor in reversed orderCtrl+Spacebarcontrol+Spacebar
Zoom Box



X and Y screen-axis rotationCtrl+RMBcommand+RMB
Z screen-axis rotationCtrl+MMB 
X body-axis rotationNum Lockclear
Y body-axis rotationNumPad /NumPad =
Z body-axis rotationNumPad *NumPad /
Reverse direction of rotationNumPad -NumPad *
X screen-axis rotationNumPad 7NumPad 7
Y screen-axis rotationNumPad 8NumPad 8
Z screen-axis rotationNumPad 9NumPad 9
90° rotations (used with rotation keys)Page Downpage down
3° rotations (used with rotation keys)Altalt

Unmask Δs’s,

Mask all other entities


Unmask Blocks,

Mask all other entities


Unmask Domains,

Mask all other entities


Unmask Connectors,

Mask all other entities


Unmask Database,

Mask all other entities

Toggle Entity MaskShift+Mask Function Keyshift+Mask Function Key

Mask Δs’s,

Unmask all other entities


Mask Blocks,

Unmask all other entities


Mask Domains,

Unmask all other entities


Mask Connectors,

Unmask all other entities


Mask Database,

Unmask all other entities


Using Accelerators with a Mac

As can be seen in the table above, the Mac platform accelerators differ slightly from Windows/Linux accelerators for some commands. In particular, there are a few additional steps that need to be taken within your operative system if you are a Mac user and wish to use accelerators that include the Right Mouse Button, or the F9, F10, F11, or F12 keys as part of the key combinations:

  • Use the Right Mouse Button: Go to System Preferences, Hardware, Mouse. Select Secondary Button in the right pull-down menu.
  • Use the F9, F10, or F11 keys: Go to System Preferences, Hardware, Keyboard, Keyboard Shortcuts, Dashboard & Dock. Toggle off F9, F10, and F11. This removes any conflicts that may exist between the Mac keyboard defaults and Pointwise’s.
  • Use the F12 key: Go to System Preferences, Hardware, Keyboard, Keyboard Shortcuts, Exposé & Spaces. Toggle off F12. This removes any conflicts that may exist between the Mac keyboard defaults and Pointwise’s.

For users with a standard Mac mouse, Pointwise’s Zoom Box and Z screen-axis rotation functions will be unavailable. Use of a three-button mouse or a Mac Mighty Mouse with scroll ball will enable the use of these functions via the Shift+Scroll Ball and the command+Scroll Ball accelerators respectively. A few additional steps are needed if you wish to use the scroll ball:

  • Use the Scroll Ball: Go to System Preferences, Hardware, Mouse. Select Button 3 in the middle pulldown menu.