Locking Aligns - Remapping

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#1

We can use the arrows keys to lock axis, can we remap these keys?


#2

How would you like to remap them, … to do what?

You can change their ‘lock to axis’ functionality to something else like most any other key in Window > Preferences > Shortcut > Add Shortcut …and Assign. You can but I wouldn’t advice you to do so.


#3

I just want to map them to different key presses (e.g. ‘a’, ‘w’, ‘d’ & ‘s’), but I cannot found them listed in the ‘Function’ list.


#4

How would you use these keyboard shortcuts if you could map them?


#5

I have a gaming keyboard which has 5 programmable keys on the left side of the keyboard. The keyboard drivers do not work with Win10 so I unable to re-programme the keys. I want to set 4 of the programmable keys to the arrows keys as this would save me reaching across my keyboard.


#6

I see. So you don’t need to change the assignment of the cursor keys, you want to assign other keys to do the same job.


#7

Yes, only want to change the assignment of the cursor keys. It starting to hurt my shoulder reaching across my keyboard all the time.


#8

Call me weird but I never use the cursor keys, what I do is move the cursor in the blue direction for example, then when I get the blue line I hold the shift key to lock to that axis.
I’m not sure if you can remap the cursor keys function to other keys.


#9

You could use the Shift key for most locking. I do that rather than reach across my keyboard.


#10

If the drivers do not work, then it’s unlikely SketchUp would respond to the keys anyway.

Do you know what the keycodes are for these programmable keys?


#11

[quote=“Thorleyian, post:8, topic:38600”]
Call me weird but I never use the cursor keys, what I do is move the cursor in the blue direction for example, then when I get the blue line I hold the shift key to lock to that axis. …[/quote]
Certainly a good option.
But if SketchUp fails to pick up an axis, then you cannot use [Shift] to lock to this axis.
See this thread at SketchUcation: http://sketchucation.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=15&t=66878
Read about the blind spot on screen that I noticed and maybe download the model to see if you experience the same. I’m curious about the result.


#12

Thanks, I’ll have a look later when I get chance. Like the questioner I feel the cursor keys to be in a weird position (sort of between left and right hand).


#13

I agree. I’ve very rarely run into the blind spot issue. It would be cool if the cursor keys could be pulled out and moved to the left end.

I use shift so often for locking direction and other functions that the left hand shift key is worn shiny and half the paint is gone. :smiley:


#14

The reason I prefer the ‘Lock’ over the ‘Shift’ key is I use the 3D Connexion Mouse in my left hand to move around my model (i.e. zooming in/ out or panning left/ right) while the axis is lock.

I wonder if the cursor keys are on the right-hand side of the keyboard is a throwback to the time before the mouse?


#15

That’s probably it.


#16

I have a 3D mouse but don’t use it as I’m so use to keyboard shortcuts and makes me feel like I need three hands.
Can see a new invention here somewhere!


#17

Reminds me. In the closet, I have this very old serial (DB9) joystick, that is small (handle the size of a dime-sized marble) and will stick to the side of a keyboard anywhere with velcro.
It’s called the Suncom ICONtroller.

Still have the retail box (just like in this video,) and it has a nice vinyl zipper carrying case.
Problem is likely no drivers for late model computers.

Anyway, something like this might still be handy for 3D Modeling.


#18

@NZSnowman When you are in the shortcut dialog, and press one of these function keys, what displays in the dialog in lieu of the keypress ?


#19

Many years I reprogrammed the keys for another I program used. The keycode must be store in Bubble memory as it still remembers what I program them to do.

Key L1 = "qw"
Key L2 = "as"
Key L3 = ,
Key L4 = Not programmed
Key L5 = Not programmed


#20

I still rememeber playing Flight Simulator 4.0 :floppy_disk: