Using Modifier Keys to Access Additional Annotation Functions in Revu

Some features of Bluebeam Revu are not accessible through the main menu, but can be accessed by simply holding down a key and clicking.

The following modifier keys alter the way your mouse normally interacts with various annotations and tools. Some of these shortcuts will make it simple for you to quickly change the properties of an annotation or tool, while others will help you open files more efficiently. Like all keyboard shortcuts, modifier keys will empower you to complete your work more quickly.


If you are unsure about how to modify a shape or line annotation, the Shift key will likely be the answer.
Holding down Shift while using the Line line , Polyline polyline and Polygon polygon tools will snap the line to 0, 45 or 90 degrees. This key will also create a circle or square when used with the Ellipse ellipse or Rectangle rectangle tool.

Shift can even be used while dragging an annotation to move it in a straight line vertically or horizontally for precise annotation placement. You can also Add Leader arrow-back lines to a Callout callout by holding down Shift while clicking the control point in the bend of the existing leader. Using Shift and clicking the control point of the leader’s point will Delete Leader arrow-x. You can try this modifier with other tools as well.


Alt provides two alternative methods of creating circles and arcs:

  • By holding Alt before you click and drag out an Ellipse ellipse , you can create a two-point circle, from the center outward. This tool is useful for drawing circles based on the measurement of a radius.
  • You can draw an Arc arch by clicking on three points of the arc’s radius while holding down Alt.


Like Shift, Ctrl has a number of useful, context-sensitive functions. For example, hold Ctrl and click on a file in the File Access file-access tab to open it in the background.
You can use Ctrl for the following features:

  • Hold Ctrl and click a control point on a Polyline polyline or Polygon polygon annotation to convert a straight line to a curved line, or vice versa. This is a shortcut for Convert to Arc convert-arch .
  • On certain annotations such as the Polyline polyline , you can use Ctrl and click on a handlebar to curve only certain segments of a line, allowing you to highlight unique shapes in your blueprints.
  • Hold Ctrl while clicking on a control point to connect every point on a segment smoothly into an arc.


Using Ctrl while clicking on a handlebar to highlight a unique shape

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