Week #14 – Navigation and Drafting Power Tips
14-4. Navigation Shortcuts and Speed Tricks

ArchiCAD Training (Best Practices Lesson 14-4)

This 33 minute lesson runs through many methods, shortcuts and tricks for jumping quickly to specific parts of a project, using the navigation area at the bottom left of each window effectively, and options for working with multiple windows and display screens.

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Eric

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ArchiCAD Training: Navigation Shortcuts and Speed Tricks

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  1. Morris Richards
    4 years ago

    Hi Eric

    Thank you. Very useful, but lots to take in. I will need to see it a few times so as to try out and remember the content. I realise there is a lot to learn even though I’m a user of a number of years. First release 9. Migrated from AutoCAD.

    Kind regards

    Morris


  2. Sergio Morales
    4 years ago

    QUIERO TOMAR EL CURSO PERO EN ESPAÑOL.
    YA MANDE UN CORREO Y NO SE LLEGO.
    SALUDOS NUEVAMENTE


    • Eric Bobrow
      4 years ago

      Sergio –
      We have a Spanish language version of the Best Practices Course (El Curso de las Buenas Prácticas) that is partially completed, covering Weeks 1 through 10. If you purchase an ArchiCAD Training Pass or a full membership in the Best Practices Course, I will open up the Spanish website for you to access.
      Eric


  3. Sergio Morales
    4 years ago

    QUIERO TOMAR EL CURSO PERO EN ESPAÑOL , COMO HAGO PARA PONERME EN CONTACTO .
    ME INTERESA EL CURSO DE $ 7 PARA VER COMO ESTA .
    NO ME PUDE COMUNICAR CON UDS. POR EL PROBLEMA DEL SITIO WEB.
    SALIDOS………………………


  4. Paul Anderton
    4 years ago

    Cheers Eric, one or two little nuggets of information there. Especially like the double click of the mouse wheel to fit in window.


  5. tom nychay
    4 years ago

    I’ve been using Acad since v. 5.5. You’re still teaching me new tricks—Thanks Eric!


  6. John Anderson
    4 years ago

    Thank you Eric

    You instructions are clear and concise, its often the little things that you forget that really speed up how you work.

    Best Regards

    John Anderson


  7. Rosey Alexander
    4 years ago

    Loved the navigation shortcuts video. Eric always has some little tricks and tips that you might otherwise never find existed, like double clicking the centre button.
    A suggestion: I set my keyboard shortcut for Go Up a Storey and Go Down a Storey to ‘Page Up’ and ‘Page Down’, its a one-button operation so its nice and quick.
    And I have all the different windows on the F keys, since by default F2 is the floor plan. I have F7 for last layout, F8 for last elevation, F9 for last worksheet. Easier to remember than command/control and a letter; I save those for moving/manipulating objects.

  8. JohnDunham
    JohnDunham
    5 years ago

    Absolutely wonderful! The shortcut for moving between stories, the tips for ‘Save Current Zoom’, and double clicking on the ‘+’ and ‘-‘ buttons are all worth the price of admission, but learning about ‘MagicPrefs’ (for the Mac) for adding panning functionality to my MagicMouse has made me very happy! I’ve been used to quick panning in another CAD program and not knowing how to do it in ArchiCAD was driving me crazy… 🙂

  9. RichardHewitt
    RichardHewitt
    5 years ago

    Always learn something new watching Eric’s tutorials.

  10. JohnDunham
    JohnDunham
    6 years ago

    I like the tip for using the ‘set rotated grid’ command for use with an off-grid wall, as well as using the grid to set up masonry modules. Thanks Eric!

  11. ScottNewland
    ScottNewland
    6 years ago

    Good tips, and although they seem like basic, common sense things, I didn’t know some of them! The center-button mouse information was especially helpful.


  12. DavidParsons
    6 years ago

    Eric,

    This was an extremely informative and useful lesson and one to which I will no doubt return to many times in the future as a refresher.

    Many thanks,

    David Parsons