I have used these so much that I often use them without thinking. It is easy to forget that other people might not know them:
G: Creates a temporary datum
U: Changes the modes on the Tool Bar
X: Selection tool
J + Click: Select coincident objects (select objects whose edges are touching)
B: X-ray mode (makes everything see-through)
Z: Snap Loupe (temporary zoom)
CTRL + ALT (control + option on Mac): Create Similar Object
Some users like to use keyboard shortcuts to access parts of Vectorworks. I recently found out that you can change the panes on the Object Info palette by using keyboard shortcuts. I have noticed recently that I have been using the data pane a lot more often, so it is quite convenient to have a keyboard shortcut to make the change.
I found this web site by Tom Pearce that has a Filemaker template that will import your workspace text file and convert it into a printable keyboard format. If you look at the image you can see that it shows all the hot keys, with the correct modifier keys, and all of the keyboard shortcuts. Continue reading →
If you need to write in different languages you can set your device to use different keyboards. There is a huge selection of keyboards that you can use, and it is easy to jump between the different keyboards.
If you write in other languages, other than English, you might have to access international punctuation. Even if you said your keyboard to be English, you can still access some of the international punctuation symbols that you need.
When you are typing and you need to access punctuation marks, they can be a bit slow to tap on the 123 button to access your punctuation, then you have to tap on the ABC button to get back to your regular keyboard. I found the trick to make this easier.