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Navigating Shortcuts in GOM Software


GOM Software is an effective tool for inspecting and analyzing 3D measurement data. Understanding the shortcuts or hotkeys available in GOM Software is essential to utilize it most efficiently. If you're a new user, it's great to start building the habits of using the shortcuts as you're learning the software. If you're already an experienced user, utilizing these shortcuts can help take your efficiency to the next level.


Shortcuts E, V & I (Exclusive, Visible and Invisible)

Three useful hotkeys are E, V, and I. These shortcuts are easy to remember because they stand for what they do: E is the shortcut for exclusive, V is the shortcut for visible, and I is the shortcut for invisible. For example, to make a specific element visible, such as lines, click on the lines folder in Explorer and hit V. The software will then display the lines in the project. To hide the lines, click the I key to make them invisible. The exclusive key provides an isolated view of the object to which it is applied. Another way to make something exclusive is to drag and drop it from the Explorer into your view.



X Hotkey (Minimize/Maximize)

The X hotkey minimizes and maximizes an open tab window. For example, if you open the picture in picture (PIP) and hit the X key, the software maximizes that window. To go back to the minimized version, simply hit X again. This shortcut is especially useful when you're scanning to minimize and maximize the camera view because when you hit X, it shows both live camera views simultaneously.


Tab Key (Properties Window)

The tab key pulls up the Properties window. For example, if you select an object and hit the tab key, the properties window opens on the right. This window contains helpful information and functions such as tolerances and various display settings.


F2 Hotkey (Rename)

The F2 hotkey quickly renames an element. For example, clicking a specific element and then hitting F2 instantly prompts you to change its name. You can also right-click and go down to see the shortcut for functions for that element.


F4 Hotkey (Edit Creation Parameters)

The F4 hotkey edits creation parameters, which is helpful for when you need to go back and edit an element. You can also do this by right-clicking and navigating to Edit Creation Parameters but utilizing the F4 shortcut is faster and more efficient.


Hotkeys F7, F8, F9 and F10 (Visualization)

The F7, F8, F9, and F10 hotkeys are helpful for visualization. For example, if you're in normal view and want to hide the gridlines or turn them on, use the F7 shortcut to toggle the visibility of the grid view. The F8 shortcut hides the coordinate cube. The coordinate cube is helpful when moving around in the software; however, if you don't want it in your view, you can simply hit F8 to hide it. Meanwhile, the F9 shortcut shows the coordinate cube, and the F10 shortcut shows the coordinate system origin. You may want this visible because it can be useful in your report pages or helpful if you're trying to show someone exactly where the origin is. However, you may not always want it visible, so to turn it off, simply hit F9.

Shortcut CTRL+1 (Create) and CTRL+2 (Create and Close)

The shortcuts for Create and Create and Close are control one and control two. These shortcuts are particularly beneficial when you need to create multiple elements because it prevents you from having to manually hit Create for each element, which can be a bit tedious. To use this shortcut to quickly build multiple elements, such as cylinders, simply hold down CTRL and the 1-key while clicking each area you want to build the element. When you've reached your last element, use CTRL and the 2-key to create and close.


Shortcut CTRL+A (Select All Points) and CTRL+N (Deselect All Points)

Hitting CTRL+A selects all points in your 3D view. This shortcut is helpful for when you come across a function that says, "Please Select Points in the 3D View" because this will select everything visible in your project. Meanwhile, CTRL+N deselects everything in your view. If you ever forget the shortcuts, they are also listed where the function is in the menu that appears when you right-click somewhere in the workspace.


Shortcut CTRL+R (Repeat Last Function)

When using selection tools, the CTRL+R shortcut is helpful because it retrieves the last function used. For example, if you're using the select plane-based function, you may sometimes want to select more than one plane, but this function goes away once you click one. The CTRL+R shortcut instantly repeats the last function so you can continue to use it.


Shortcut CTRL+I (Invert Selection) and CTRL+Delete (Delete Selection)

If you have a situation in which you have a specific element selected, such as an M, and you want to select everything except that M, use the CTRL+I hotkey for an invert selection. If you want to delete an area, simply use CTRL+ delete.


Other Standard CTRL Shortcuts

There are also the standard CTRL+Z, CTRL+V, CTRL+Y, and CTRL+C shortcuts. CTRL+C is the shortcut to copy, and CTRL+V is the shortcut to paste. CTRL+Z is undo, and CTRL+Y is redo. For example, if you want to copy a surface point, use CTRL+C and then CTRL+V to create a copy of that point. If you need to undo the action previously performed, use CTRL+Z. To redo what was just undone, simply use CTRL+Y. The undo and redo functions are also at the top of the screen, and hovering over them reveals their hotkeys.


Shortcuts CTRL+Scroll and Shift+Scroll (Slow/Speed Up Scroll Intervals)

Holding the control button while scrolling and the shift button while scrolling changes the speed of the scroll intervals. While cutting a section, you may need to change the interval of the scroll so it moves slower or faster. For example, if you want to jump to the top, use the Shift+Scroll hotkey to increase the size of the intervals in which it moves. If you hold CTRL, it moves in intervals of 0.1 millimeters. If you're fine-tuning a section you're cutting, moving something, or scrolling anywhere in the software, CTRL will slow it down, and shift will speed it up.

This shortcut is also useful when you're moving around in 3D space, such as when creating a report page. If you want to fit the page to your window by making it a little bigger, you can simply zoom in a bit, but if it becomes too big, you can split the difference by holding CTRL so the scroll will move in small intervals. This shortcut is useful when you're scrolling to help better fit whatever you're trying to accomplish, whether it's changing a value or moving around.


Continue Improving Your Inspection Efficiency with GOM Software

While these are just a few shortcuts available in GOM Software, there are several more. You can access the complete list of available shortcuts from the Direct Help menu built into the software by navigating to the top right in the Direct Help area and searching "useful shortcuts." Practice utilizing these shortcuts to make your inspection processes more efficient. Using shortcuts to replicate functions that require multiple clicks can ultimately save a lot of time. To learn more about how Capture 3D's solutions can optimize your inspection processes, contact a Capture 3D team member today and schedule a demo.

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