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Common Shortcuts

Conventions Used in This Manual


Hotkey letters are shown in this manual like they appear on a keyboard; for example:


refers to the lowercase g.

Shift, Ctrl, Alt

are specified as modifier keys.

Ctrl-W, Shift-Alt-A, …

indicates that these keys should be pressed simultaneously.

Numpad0 to Numpad9, NumpadPlus

refer to the keys on the separate numeric keypad.

Other keys are referred to by their names, such as Esc, Tab, F1 to F12. Of special note are the arrow keys, Left, Right and so on.


This manual refers to mouse buttons as:


Left Mouse Button


Right Mouse Button


Middle Mouse Button

Wheel, WheelUp & WheelDown

Scrolling the wheel.


Blender has two main selection modes: left-click select and right-click select. See the Select with Mouse Button preference.

While left-click select is the default as its the most common in other applications, right-click select does have its advantages. See: Learn the benefits of right-click select.


While hovering (when the cursor is held over a button).


  • Ctrl-C Copy the (single) value of the button.

  • Ctrl-V Paste the (single) value of the button.

  • Ctrl-Alt-C Copy the entire vector or color of the field.

  • Ctrl-Alt-V Paste the entire vector or color of the field.

  • RMB Open the context menu.

  • Backspace Clear the value (sets to zero or clears a text field).

  • Minus Negate number values (multiply by -1.0).

  • Ctrl-Wheel Change the value incremental steps.

    For pop-up option menus buttons, this cycles the value.

  • Return Activates menus or toggles the value.

  • Alt Hold while editing values to apply the change to all selected items (objects, bones, sequence-strips).

    This can be used for number fields and toggles.


  • I Insert a keyframe.

  • Alt-I Clear the keyframe.

  • Shift-Alt-I Clear all keyframes (removing all F-Curves).

  • Ctrl-D Assign a driver.

  • Ctrl-Alt-D Clear the driver.

  • K Add a Keying Set.

  • Alt-K Clear the Keying Set.

Python Scripting

  • Ctrl-C over any Ui operator buttons copies their Python command into the clipboard.

    This can be used in the Python Console or in the Text editor when writing scripts.

  • Shift-Ctrl-C over property buttons copies their data path for this property (also available from the context menu).

    Useful when writing drivers or scripts.

  • Shift-Ctrl-Alt-C over property buttons copies their full data path for the data-block and property.

    Note that in most cases it is best to access values based on the context, instead of by name.


  • Ctrl While dragging, snap to discrete steps.

  • Shift Gives precision control over the value.

  • Shift-Ctrl Precise snap will move the object with high precision along with the snapping constraint.

Text Editing

  • Home Go to the start of the line.

  • End Go to the end of the line.

  • Left, Right Move the cursor a single character.

  • Ctrl-Left, Ctrl-Right Move the cursor an entire word.

  • Backspace, Delete Delete characters.

  • Ctrl-Backspace, Ctrl-Delete Delete words.

  • Shift Select while holding the key and moving the cursor.

  • Ctrl-A Select all text.

  • Ctrl-C Copy the selected text.

  • Ctrl-X Cut the selected text.

  • Ctrl-V Paste text at the cursor position.

Confirm & Cancel

  • Esc, RMB Cancel.

  • Return, LMB Confirm.