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Chapter 1. Maya Basics > Keyboard Shortcuts

Keyboard Shortcuts

Any function in Maya can have a keyboard shortcut associated with it. This shortcut is called a hotkey. Hotkeys can be huge time-savers, since you can use them instead of having to go to the menu bar to select a function or command. Maya has many default hotkeys, which we recommend keeping until you become more adept with the interface. Later you may find that you use a particular command often and you want to set up a hotkey for it. You create a new hotkey or view the currently set hotkeys as follows.

To create a new hotkey:

From the Window menu select Settings/Preferences > Hotkeys (Figure 1.76).

Figure 1.76. Hotkeys can be set to add keyboard shortcuts to nearly any command.

The Hotkey Editor opens.

In Categories, click the category name for the command you want to set (Figure 1.77).

Figure 1.77. In the Hotkey Editor, select the name of the menu and the menu item in the Categories and Commands lists, respectively, to add a shortcut.

The category name is the same as the name of the menu the command is under.

Under Commands select the command name you want to create a hotkey for.

If the command already had a hotkey assigned to it, you would see which key it was in the upper-right corner of the window.

In the Hotkey Editor under Assign New Hotkey, choose a Key and a Modifier you would like the command to have (Figure 1.78).

Figure 1.78. In the Assign New Hotkey portion of the Hotkey Editor, choose the key and modifier that you want to be a hotkey for the command selected.

You should remove any current hotkey you don't want the command to have before assigning a new hotkey.

Click Assign.

Close the Hotkey Editor window.



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