blender-3d-shortcutsBlender 3D Commands – Keyboard Shortcuts Cheat Sheet. Blender 3D is a free and open-source 3D creation application popularly used in animation, modelling, videogames and more. Blender can give any paid 3D app a run for its money.

However, the keyboard shortcuts are massive and sometimes easy to forget. The following Cheat Sheet will help you remember all the useful mouse commands, keyboard shortcuts or hotkeys whenever you use Blender.blender-3d-shortcuts

Blender 3D Commands – Keyboard Shortcuts Quick Links

Common Blender Mouse Actions

This contains all the common Blender 3D Mouse actions. The combination of the Mouse buttons and certain shortcut keys makes Blender an easy 3D program to navigate.

Blender Function

Mouse Command

Place 3D cursor

LMB Click

Freestyle Selector

Ctrl + LMB Click + Drag

Quick extrude (Edit Mode)

Ctrl + LMB

Select

RMB Click

Add to Selection (Multiple Selection)

Shift + RMB Click

Edge/Face Loop Select (Edit Mode)

Alt + RMB Click

Global Rotate View

MMB Click-Hold + Drag

Zoom View

MMB Scroll

Pan Vertical View

Shift + MMB Scroll

Pan Horizontal View

Ctrl + MMB Scroll

Camera Numeric Keypad Hotkeys in Blender

This contains all the Numpad keys in Blender 3D. The Numpad is your Camera central keypad. Blender makes it easy for you to change from different views and perspectives by staying in the Numpad

Blender Function

Keyboard Shortcut

Front View

Num 1

Back View

Ctrl + Num 1

Rotate View Up

Num 2

Pan View Up

Ctrl + Num 2

Left Side View

Num 3

Right Side View

Ctrl + Num 3

Rotate View Left

Num 4

Pan View Left

Ctrl + Num 4

Toggle Perspective / Orthographic View

Num 5

Rotate View Right

Num 6

Pan View Right

Ctrl + Num 6

Top View

Num 7

Bottom View

Ctrl + Num 7

Rotate View Down

Num 8

Pan View Down

Ctrl + Num 8

Redraw Screen

Num 9

Camera View

Num 0

Set Camera to Viewport

Shift + Num 0

Toggle Local View

Num / (Slash)

Zoom on Selection

Num . (Dot or Period)

Zoom into View

Num + (Plus)

Universal 3D Object Manipulation Keys in Blender

This contains the three basic manipulation keys in Blender 3D.

Blender Function

Keyboard Shortcut

Move (use X, Y, Z to reference axis)

G

Resize/Scale (use X, Y, Z to reference axis)

S

Rotate (use X, Y, Z to reference axis)

R

Common Keyboard Hotkeys in 3D Object Mode View in Blender

This contains all the common Keyboard Shortcuts for Blender 3D in Object Mode. These hotkeys help you manipulate any object in 3D. Common keys include Select, View, Rotate, Scale and Zoom

Blender Function

Keyboard Shortcut

Apply Rotation

Ctrl + A

Add Menu

Shift + A

Toggle Select All/None

A

Play Animation in View

Alt + A

Border Select

B

Toggles Clip Select

Alt + B

Zoom to Selected

Shift + B

Paint (Circle) Select

C

Additive election

C + LMB Click

Subtractive deselection

C + MMB Click

Center the 3D Cursor

Shift + C

Geometry to Center Origin

Shift + Alt + Ctrl + C

Switch Draw (DEPRECATED 2.49 Version)

D

Duplicate

Shift + D

Linked Duplicate

Alt + D

Toggle UV Edit (DEPRECATED 2.46 Version)

F

Beauty Fill

Alt + F

Fill Selected

Shift + F

Flip Faces

Ctrl + F

Grab/Move

G

Group

Ctrl + G

Remove Selected from Active Group

Ctrl + Alt + G

Add Selected to Active Group

Ctrl + Shift + G

Remove from All Groups

Shift + Ctrl + Alt + G

Select Grouped

Shift + G

Clear Location

Alt + G

Hide Selected

H

Reveal All

Alt + H

Insert Keyframe

I

Join Selected Objects

Ctrl + J

Make Local

L

Move Selection to Layer

M

Show Floating Panel (Properties View)

N

New Blender Session

Ctrl + N

Toggle Proportional Editing

O

Run Game Engine

P

Make Parent

Ctrl + P

Clear Parent

Alt + P

Rotate

R

Clear Rotation

Alt + R

Scale

S

Clear Scale

Alt + S

Toggle Toolshelf

T

Make Single User

U

Toggle Vertex Paint mode

V

Save File

Ctrl + W

Delete Selection

X

Wireframe Display Toggle

Z

Undo

Ctrl + Z

Redo

Ctrl + Shift + Z

Show Toolbox

Spacebar

Maximize Window

Shift + Spacebar

Toggle Manipulator

Ctrl + Spacebar

Change Manipulator Orientation

Alt + Spacebar

Toggle Edit and Object Mode

Tab

Toggle Weight Paint mode

Ctrl + Tab

Toggle Snapping

Shift + Tab

Cancel

Esc or RMB Click

Axis keys as Reference during Manipulation

X, Y, Z

Recenter 3D View

Home

Select All/Deselect All Layers

‘ (Single Quote)

Pivot/Rotation Point at 3D Cursor

. (Dot or Period

Pivot/Rotation Point at Object Median

, (Comma)

Toggle Blender Layers using a number

1 – 0

Shows the last ten Layers.

Alt + 1 – 0

Toggle Multiple Top Row Layers

Shift + 1 – 0

Toggle Multiple Top Bottom Layers

Shift + 1 – 0

Subdivision levels 1x through 5x

Ctrl + 1 – 5

Common Keyboard Hotkeys in 3D Edit Mode View in Blender

This contains all the common Keyboard Shortcuts for Blender 3D in Edit Mode. Blender users must distinguish the difference between Object and Edit modes. The Edit Mode provides a slightly different shortcuts layout and assists you in editting Faces, Edges, Vertices. It also gives you the option to Extrude, Mirror and Merge for example.

Blender Function

Keyboard Shortcut

Bevel (Scroll for Subdivisions) (Edit Mode)

B

Extrude (Edit Mode)

E

Extrude Region(Edit Mode)

Alt + E

Fill/Connect (Edit Mode)

F

Faces Menu(Edit Mode)

Ctrl + F

Create Face/Edge (Edit Mode)

F

Slide Face/Edge/Vertex (Edit Mode)

G + G

Inset

I

Invert Selection (Edit Mode)

Ctrl + I

Diagonal Surface Split (Edit Mode)

J

Convert Tris to Quads (Edit Mode)

Alt + J

Knife (Edit Mode)

K

Select linked vertices (Edit Mode)

L

Deselect linked vertices (Edit Mode)

Shift + L

Merge (Edit Mode)

Alt + M

Mirror/Flip Selection (Edit Mode)

Ctrl + M

Proportional edit mode (Edit Mode)

O

Separate (to Object) (Edit Mode)

P

Poke Face (Edit Mode)

Alt + P

Make Vertex Parent (Edit Mode)

Ctrl + P

Loopcut (Scroll for Subdivisions) (Edit Mode)

Ctrl + R

Tessellation (triangulation) (Edit Mode)

Ctrl + T

Unwrap mesh (Edit Mode)

U

Specials or Booleans Menu (Edit Mode)

W

Mesh Select Mode (Face, Edge) (Edit Mode)

Ctrl + Tab

Toggle Grid-snap on/off (Edit Mode)

Shift + Tab

UV Mapping (Edit Mode)

U

Rip (Tear) (Edit Mode)

V

Rip Fill (Edit Mode)

Alt + V

Delete Selected (Edit Mode)

X

Dissolve Selected (Edit Mode)

Ctrl + X

Split Face/Edge/Vertex (Edit Mode)

Y

Wireframe Display Toggle (Edit Mode)

Z

Cancel (Edit Mode)

Esc or RMB Click

General Editor Shortcuts in Blender

This contains all the General Keyboard Shortcuts for Blender 3D from versions 2.50 and onwards.

Blender Function

Keyboard Shortcut

Link/Append

Shift + F1

Logic Editor

Shift + F2

Node Editor

Shift + F3

Console

Shift + F4

3D View

Shift + F5

Graph Editor

Shift + F6

Properties

Shift + F7

Video Sequence Editor

Shift + F8

Outliner

Shift + F9

UV/Image Editor

Shift + F10

Text Editor

Shift + F11

Dope Sheet

Shift + F12

General Editor Shortcuts in Blender

This contains all the General Keyboard Shortcuts for Blender 3D from versions 2.49 and before.

Blender Function

Keyboard Shortcut

Load Library (Append – File Browser)

Shift + F1

Export (File Browser)

Shift + F2

Node Editor

Shift + F3

Data Select

Shift + F4

3D View

Shift + F5

IPO Curve Editor

Shift + F6

Buttons

Shift + F7

Video Sequence Editor

Shift + F8

Outliner

Shift + F9

UV/Image Editor

Shift + F10

Text Editor

Shift + F11

Action Editor

Shift + F12

Layout Shortcuts in Blender

This contains all the Layout Shortcuts for Blender 3D.

Blender Function

Keyboard Shortcut

Toggle Layout View Schemes

Ctrl + Left Arrow Key

Toggle Layout View Schemes

Ctrl + Right Arrow Key

Toggle Maximize-Minimize active view

Ctrl + Up Arrow Key

Toggle Maximize-Minimize active view

Ctrl + Down Arrow Key

Miscelleanous Interface Shortcuts in Blender

This contains all the Miscelleanous Interface shortcuts for Blender 3D.

Blender Function

Keyboard Shortcut

New Session

Ctrl + N

Open

Ctrl + O

Open Recent

Shift + Ctrl + O

Quit Blender

Ctrl + Q

Save

Ctrl + S

Save a Copy

Ctrl + Alt + S

Save As

Shift + Ctrl + S

User Preferences

Ctrl + Alt + U

Open (DEPRECATED 2.49 Version)

F1

Save As (DEPRECATED 2.49 Version)

F2

Save (DEPRECATED 2.49 Version)

Ctrl + W

New (DEPRECATED 2.49 Version)

Ctrl + X

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