MicroStation CONNECT: New Keyboard Shortcuts

With the new ribbon interface in MicroStation CONNECT replacing the MicroStation V8i Task Bar a new set of keyboard shortcuts has replaced positional keyboard mapping shortcuts. Following the section labels at the bottom of each tool grouping there is a letter in parentheses.

Pressing one of those letters on the keyboard will display that section of the ribbon at your cursor location. For example, pressing the letter A on the keyboard displays the Attributes section of the ribbon centered about your current cursor location.  Another set of shortcuts is controlled by pressing the keyboard Space Bar.  This shortcut displays the Popups menu centered about your current cursor location.


The top row of tools in the Popups menu corresponds to the tool groupings in the Home ribbon. Selecting one of the top row icons will display that section of the ribbon at your cursor location. The second row of tool icons gives direct access to the most common manipulation tools. The bottom row contains the common Annotation tools and Drawing Aids. Each of the tool icons in the Popups menu also has a keyboard shortcut associated with it.  Hovering over a tool will display the tool name and shortcut.

In the image above we see that pressing W on the keyboard when the Popups menu is displayed will start the Move Element tool. These shortcut key-ins are are stored in the same shortcut text file as your AccuDraw shortcuts.  Changing the Space Bar shortcut has necessitated the following changes to the default AccuDraw shortcuts:

  • M – Change Mode (previously the Space Bar shortcut)
  • PM – Multi-Point Key-in (previously the M shortcut)
  • PP– Single-Point Key-in (previously the P shortcut)

All of these shortcuts can be edited through the AccuDraw Settings dialog or by selecting File > Settings > User > Keyboard Shortcuts



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Rod Wing

Rod Wing

Rod joined EnvisionCAD in March 2007 and has nearly three decades of experience working in the CADD industry. He led the IT evaluations of Bentley InRoads and AutoDesk Civil 3D at Wisconsin DOT in their overall CAiCE replacement evaluation. He also led the MicroStation V7 to V8 upgrade effort at Wisconsin DOT which included updating not only the CADD standards to accommodate the changes in the file format but also updating legacy MDL and macros to work in the new environment. Rod received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin in Cartography and a Master of Science in Geographic and Cartographic Sciences from George Mason University. Rod has extensive experience in CADD as well as the areas of GIS, cartography, plotting, scanning, raster editing/manipulation, publishing, and file/data translations. In all of these areas, he has produced custom tools and developed workflows to enhance productivity between diverse sets of applications. He instructs MicroStation classes ranging from fundamentals to advanced applications.

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