Save valuable project time, increase productivity, and streamline your workflow with MicroStation’s default shortcuts! Shortcuts provide easy and quick access to specific ribbon groups or tools – and these default shortcuts can be customized to fit your specific needs.
The Function Key menu contains all the definitions – assignments of actions – for your keyboard’s Function Keys. Function key definitions contain action strings that enable your function keys to perform as you need them to.
The default Function Key menu is funckey.mnu, which is installed in \Default\Data\ folder of MicroStation's program directory.
The Function Keys dialog (File > Settings > User > Function Keys) is used to modify or customize Function Key definitions. You also can define new Function Keys — using the <F1> through <F12> Function Keys along with the <Ctrl>, <Alt>, and <Shift> keys — and add them to your Function Key menus.
To modify a Function Key definition:
Keytips are small keyboard tips that indicate which key to press to access a tab or a tool in the ribbon. Here are four easy steps to get started using keytips:
Keyboard shortcuts are shortcuts to specific groups or tools in the ribbon. MicroStation supports multi-level keyboard shortcuts. Depending on the key-ins assigned, the tools, ribbon group pop-ups, or pop-up menus are displayed. The keyboard shortcuts can be created, modified, or deleted in the keyboard shortcut s dialog (File > Settings > User > Keyboard Shortcuts).
The default keyboard shortcut for <Space> key contains tools as well as shortcuts for different ribbon groups.
As you can see above, the first row contains ribbon group shortcuts. These are shortcuts for frequently used ribbon groups in the Home tab. Clicking or activating any of them opens the respective ribbon group pop-up. The second row contains frequently used tools. The third row contains shortcuts to frequently used ribbon groups. Each of the icons in the ribbon group have a shortcut key. This shortcut key is displayed when you hover the pointer over the icon. With the ribbon group pop-up displayed, if you press the shortcut key, the respective tool or group activates.
Existing keyboard shortcuts can be modified or deleted, and new keyboard shortcuts can be created in the keyboard shortcuts dialog. Changes to keyboard shortcuts are saved on an XML file. If you want to configure custom keyboard shortcuts and distribute them across a team, then you can do so by configuring them on one machine and then copying the file to other machines.
Although AccuDraw tries to anticipate your next move it cannot always predict your intentions. AccuDraw therefore includes a wide variety of single- and double-character command directives known as the shortcut key-ins. By pressing the appropriate key, you can direct AccuDraw to perform a specific task. In operation, AccuDraw is the default input focus in most cases, thus letting you just type in the shortcut without having to consider where the input focus is.
Shortcut key-ins are defined as keyboard shortcuts in the keyboard shortcuts dialog. Single letter keyboard shortcuts activate the respective command, while multi-level keyboard shortcuts display a pop-up menu when the first level of keyboard shortcut is pressed. You may then click the desired option from the pop-up menu or press the desired next level keyboard shortcut. You can create, edit, or delete the keyboards shortcuts in the Keyboard Shortcuts dialog.
MicroStation accommodates previous AutoCAD users by supporting AutoCAD commands as Key-ins. This makes users feel at home with MicroStation and ensures a seamless migration for users upgrading their workflows to Bentley.