Customize the keyboard shortcuts

Last updated September 10, 2019 by Tekla User Assistance

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Customize the keyboard shortcuts

Customize the keyboard shortcuts

In the Keyboard shortcuts dialog box, you can view a list of all shortcuts available in Tekla Structures. You can define new keyboard shortcuts and remove existing ones. After customization, you can export the keyboard shortcuts and share them with your co-workers.

Define new keyboard shortcuts

You can assign keyboard shortcuts to any command, macrosaved series of actions that includes instructions for a program

Macros are located in the applications and components catalog. They are recorded or created manually and stored as .cs file in a folder defined with the advanced option XS_MACRO_DIRECTORY.

Macros can, for example, be used for creating drawings or reports.

Macros are sometimes used to run an application.

, or component. You can even change the default keyboard shortcuts, if needed.

  1. On the File menu, click Settings > Keyboard shortcuts .

    The Keyboard shortcuts dialog box opens.

  2. In the Group list, select the shortcut group you want to modify.

    A list of commands and shortcuts appears.

  3. If you want to search for a particular command or keyboard shortcut, enter some text in the Filter box.

    For example:

    • Type gridmodeling aid that represents a three-dimensional complex of intersecting grid planes or intersecting grid planes and curved grid surfaces

      The grid is defined by coordinates in 3D space. It is shown two-dimensionally on the view plane by dash-and-dot lines. A grid can be rectangular or radial.

      It is possible to have more than one grid in a model. For example, a large-scale grid for the entire structure, and smaller grids for some detailed sections.

      It is also possible to show grids and grid line labels in drawings, and to modify how they are shown in the drawings.

      to only see the commands whose name contains the word "grid".

    • Type " + " to get a list of shortcuts that consist of two parts (such as Ctrl+S ).

    • Type "," to get a list of shortcuts that consist of two consecutive keys (such as M, N ).

  4. Select a command from the list.
  5. Click Enter shortcut.
  6. On the keyboard, enter the combination of keys you would like to use as the shortcut.
  7. Check the Conflicts box to see if the keyboard shortcut is already assigned to another command.

    If the shortcut is already in use, enter a different combination of keys.


    If you reassign a keyboard shortcut that is already used, it will no longer be associated with the command it was originally assigned to.

  8. Click Assign to save the keyboard shortcut.

Clear and reset shortcuts

You can remove any existing shortcut. You can also reset all shortcuts back to the defaults.

  1. On the File menu, click Settings > Keyboard shortcuts.
  2. To remove a keyboard shortcut, select the command from the list and click Clear.
  3. To reset all the keyboard shortcuts to the defaults , click the Restore button.

Export keyboard shortcuts

You can export your customized keyboard shortcuts and share them with your co-workers.

  1. On the File menu, click Settings > Keyboard shortcuts.
  2. Click Export.
  3. Enter a file name and location.
  4. Click Save to export the keyboard shortcuts.
  5. To share your keyboard shortcuts with other users, send them the exported file.

Import keyboard shortcuts

You can import keyboard shortcuts from a file. Use this method to import keyboard shortcuts from Tekla Structures 2016 or newer.

  1. On the File menu, click Settings > Keyboard shortcuts.
  2. Click Import.
  3. Browse for the shortcuts file you want to import. For example, ..\Users\<user>\AppData\Local\Trimble\Tekla Structures\<version>\Settings\KeyboardShortcuts_4.xml.
  4. Click Open to import the keyboard shortcuts.

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