Open Autodesk Inventor 2010 Using Keyboard Shortcuts
I have been writing articles at CAD Professor mainly to increase productivity for every CAD Engineer using Autodesk Inventor. In the quest for efficiency, I’ve found a few little tricks that speeds up my work flow. One of these tricks is defining keyboard shortcuts in Windows.
You can assign a keyboard shortcut to anything shortcut on your Desktop or Start Menu. Once you’ve assigned a shortcut, all you have to do is press the key combination you defined to open that particular shortcut. In this post, I’ll explain how to set up your own keyboard shortcuts and how they can be helpful.
Before you start assigned shortcuts to every single icon of Autodesk Products on your desktop, take a few moments to consider which programs or shortcuts you use most often. For example, I have to open Autodesk Inventor several times a day. Instead of navigating through the Start menu each time, I assigned the shortcut Ctrl + Alt + I to open Autodesk Inventor. Now all I have to do is press those three keys on my keyboard (at the same time) to get my Autodesk Inventor started.
Here’s how to set up your own keyboard shortcut for Autodesk Inventor. First, right-click on the shortcut icon to make a keyboard shortcut and choose Properties from the menu.
Next, look for the text field next to Shortcut Key (it probably says “None” at the moment) in the Properties window,. Click inside this text field and simply type the letter of the alphabet you want to associate with this shortcut. Try to use a letter that you will easily remember, like W for Word or A for Acrobat. Now Type Ctrl + Alt + I. You’ll see the text box change to Ctrl + Alt + I. Click OK when you’re ready to try it out.
Now, to invoke the keyboard shortcut, simply press all three of the assigned keys at the same time. The easiest way for me to do this is to press and hold the Ctrl and Alt keys (the ones on the left side of the keyboard) with my left hand and then tap the assigned letter with my other hand. However, if you want to be super efficient, you can assign a letter that is close enough to reach with your left hand “Ctrl + Alt + A as in Autodesk Inventor.
This way you don’t even need to take your hand off the mouse! (Of course, if you’re left handed, just reverse this).
I hope you find this helpful. Remember, you don’t have to limit this to program shortcut. This can be used for shortcuts to folders as well. And one last trick, you can quadruple the number of possible shortcuts by holding some combination of the Shift, Ctrl, and Alt keys when assigning the shortcut letter!
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