Navigating Revu Faster with Keyboard Shortcuts

To help you speed up your workflows, we’ll focus on keyboard shortcuts related to navigating the Revu interface. If you’d like to see more, we have also covered Modifier Keys, Alignment Tools, and Selecting Markups.

But why use keyboard shortcuts? The simple answer is speed and convenience. Keyboard shortcuts allow you to instantly call up the functions you need, without using menus or moving your mouse. This makes them particularly useful for keyboard-intensive work, or any workflow involving many different functions.

You don’t need to memorize every shortcut you come across. But if you have a few important ones under your belt, you’ll find that your work will go a lot more smoothly.

The Command Bar

The Command bar is an easy way to find the tools you need—and you can use keyboard shortcuts to get to them faster. They are also fairly easy to remember, because Revu underlines the appropriate keys after you press Alt:

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Once you have selected a group, take a look at the options below it. You can activate these options by pressing their underlined letter key, as you did before. For example, if you want to jump to the Profiles dialog box, press Alt > V > F.

You can continue to navigate with keys even when you are in a dropdown menu or dialog box. Dropdown menus like the Toolbars menu may be navigated with the Arrow keys. Tab, Shift+Tab, and Enter will cycle through and confirm options in a dialog box.


You have probably noticed all of the tabs available within Revu’s three main panels, but have you ever tried using shortcuts to access them?

The tabs are arranged below according to their default placement, but they can be freely moved into either a separate section within a panel, or to a panel on any side of the Revu interface.
Left Panel

File Access: Alt+A
Bookmarks: Alt+B
Thumbnails: Alt+T
Tool Chest: Alt+X
Sets: Alt+2
Layers: Alt+Y
Forms: Alt+Q
Signatures: Alt+4
Spaces: Alt+S

Right Panel

Properties: Alt+P
Search: Alt+1 / Ctrl+F
Measurements: Alt+U
Studio: Alt+C
Links: Alt+N

Bottom Panel

Markups List: Alt+L
3D Model Tree: Alt+3
JavaScript Console: Alt+J

If you ever forget these shortcuts, you can always refer to the Tab Access menu. This is also a useful way to reveal panels you decided to hide (right-click > Hide a panel icon).

Closing Panels

Most Revu users are familiar with this issue: you clicked on each of Revu’s panel tabs to use certain functions, but never got around to closing them. Now, you’re ready to edit or read the document, but you can barely see the page. Rather than close each panel one by one, simply press Shift+F4 to hide all open panels.

Revu remembers which panels were closed when you last used the shortcut. For example, if your left and right panels closed when you pressed Shift+F4, then those two panels will open when you press Shift+F4 again. (The bottom panel will be left alone.)

Document Tab Shortcuts

Switching Tabs

Hold Ctrl, then press Tab to shift focus to the right of your current tab. You can also hold Ctrl, then repeatedly press Tab to cycle through every tab open in Revu. Ctrl+Shift+Tab works the same way, but in the opposite direction. (These are actually standard shortcuts available in every web browser.)

Closing Tabs

To close the current tab, use Ctrl+W.
Or, if you need to work on a different project, use Ctrl+Shift+W to close all of your open document tabs.

This will not work when you are in a PDF Package tab.


If you are doing precise measurements on your document, you can press Ctrl+R to display (or hide) rulers on the sides of the document workspace.

More Information

If you are interested in learning more about the Revu interface, be sure to read our feature on Customizing Revu’s Interface.

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