Keyboard Shortcuts

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Keyboard shortcuts can make using FX Draw a quicker experience.

 

Overriding GAD

Shift                        Ignores Geometrically Important Points and instead jumps to the grid.

Ctrl                        Ignores grid and any Geometrically Important Points.

Alt                        Ignores grid and jumps to any Geometrically Important Points.

 

Returning to Word

Ctrl + R                        Returns to Word and updates diagram.

 

Editing

Ctrl + A                        Selects all figures.

Ctrl + X                        Cuts selected figures and places them on the clipboard.

Ctrl + C                        Copies the selected figures to the clipboard

Ctrl + V                        Pastes figures from the clipboard

Ctrl + D                        Copies and pastes selected figures

Ctrl + Z                        Undo last action

Ctrl + Y                        Redo last undone action

 

Rotating

Ctrl + Pg Up                Rotates selected figures 15° anti-clockwise

Ctrl + Pg Dn                Rotates selected figures 15° clockwise

Shift + Ctrl + Pg Up        Rotates selected figures 1° anti-clockwise

Shift + Ctrl + Pg Dn        Rotates selected figures 1° clockwise

 

Grouping

Ctrl + G                        Collects all selected figures into a group figure

Ctrl + H                        Ungroups the selected figure

 

Drawing Order (Layout)

F6                                Brings selection to the front

Shift + F6                        Sends selection to the back

 

Nudging

Up Arrow                        Nudges selected figures upward

Down Arrow                        Nudges selected figures downward

Left Arrow                        Nudges selected figures to the left

Right Arrow                        Nudges selected figures to the right

 

Holding the Shift key decreases the amount the figures are nudged.  Holding the Ctrl key increases the amount the figures are nudged.

 

Resizing Groups

Holding the Shift key whilst resizing a group forces the group to maintain its aspect ratio (ratio of width to height) so that the group is not distorted.

 

Drawing Gallery Images

Holding the Shift key whilst drawing a gallery image forces the gallery image to maintain the aspect ratio it was created with.  This again ensures that the gallery image is not distorted.

 

Drawing Figures Based on Rectangles

Many of the figures which are based on rectangles (rectangles, rounded rectangles, Venn diagrams, graphs, grids etc) can be forced to a square by holding the Shift key when creating them.