Description

The Pointwise user interface uses shortcuts , or hot keys, common to many other commercial software packages. Shortcuts are key combinations you may find useful for model manipulation or other miscellaneous functions.

A convenient way to get a list of the most commonly used Pointwise shortcuts is by pressing the ? key (i.e. Shift + /). This will present a semi-transparent image in the Display window showing the list of shortcuts and their corresponding actions (see image below). Note that the image will remain displayed until the keyboard keys are released.

Another way to get the same list is by using the Help, Keyboard Shortcuts command. In this case, the image will remain displayed until you press the Esc key.

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Press the ? key (i.e. Shift + /) to show a semi-transparent image in the Display window listing the most commonly used Pointwise shortcuts.

The table below provides a reference for all the shortcuts 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 Shortcut Mac Shortcut
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+Qcontrol+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
ApplyCtrl+Shift+Entercommand+shift+enter
CancelEscesc
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

Shift+Ctrl+LMB+RMB

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

Shift+MMB

Shift+LMB+RMB

 
PanShift+RMBshift+RMB
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

F7F7

Unmask Blocks,

Mask all other entities

F9F9

Unmask Domains,

Mask all other entities

F10F10

Unmask Connectors,

Mask all other entities

F11F11

Unmask Database,

Mask all other entities

F12F12
Toggle Entity MaskShift+Mask Function Keyshift+Mask Function Key

Mask Δs’s,

Unmask all other entities

Ctrl+F7command+F7

Mask Blocks,

Unmask all other entities

Ctrl+F9command+F9

Mask Domains,

Unmask all other entities

Ctrl+F10command+F10

Mask Connectors,

Unmask all other entities

Ctrl+F11command+F11

Mask Database,

Unmask all other entities

Ctrl+F12command+F12

Using Shortcuts with a Mac

As can be seen in the table above, the Mac platform shortcuts differ slightly from Windows/Linux shortcuts 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 shortcuts 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 shortcuts 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.