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 have probably noticed all of the tabs available within Revu’s three main panels, but have you ever tried using shortcuts to access them?
File Access: Alt+A
Tool Chest: Alt+X
Search: Alt+1 / Ctrl+F
Markups List: Alt+L
3D Model Tree: Alt+3
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).
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
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.)
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.
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.
If you are interested in learning more about the Revu interface, be sure to read our feature on Customizing Revu’s Interface.