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Shortcut Keys Changed in 2.8x
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This task is to track changes in the keymap for Blender 2.8,

Note this not a task for discussion (see: T55162). This is only to keep track of changes made in 2.8x.


Here is a list of the main changes to know when moving to 2.8.

  • Tab: Edit-mode toggle.
  • Ctrl-Tab: mode switching pie menu (toggles pose mode for armatures).
  • F1: Help (context sensitive)
  • F2: File Context menu.
  • F3: Search (Cmd-f on macOS)
  • F4: Window Context menu.
  • F5..F10 are reserved for user actions.
  • 1..3, Shift-1..3 (expend), Ctrl-1..3 (expand): Edit mesh vertex/edge/face toggle.
  • A: Select All
  • Alt-A: Select None
  • DoubleClick-A Select Toggle
  • Ctrl-Shift-Space: Playback animation (reverse).
  • Ctrl-Space: Toggle Maximize Area
  • Ctrl-Alt-Space: Toggle Fullscreen Area
  • Ctrl-PageUp/Down: Next/Prev workspace
  • AccentGrave: 3D view pie menu.
  • Ctrl-AccentGrave: Toggle manipulator.
  • Shift-AccentGrave: Fly-mode.
  • Shift-N: Recalculate Normals/Curve-Handles
  • Space: User configurable.
    • Play: Toggle animation playback.
    • Tools: Tool switching with hotkeys (Shift-Space for play).
    • Search: Search for actions (Shift-Space for play).

Screen Keymaps


  • Global
    • Q: Quick Favorites Menu T55027
    • F1: Help (Context sensitive)
    • F2: File Context Menu.
    • F3: Operator Search (also Cmd-F on macos).
    • F4: Window Context Menu.
  • 3D View
    • AccentGrave: View axis pie menu.
    • Alt-MMB(Drag): Relative view axis switching
    • Alt-MMB(Click): Center on the mouse cursor.

      Note: this is a productivity feature for experienced users, intended as a fast alternative to the view manipulator or num-pad.
    • Z: Shading modes pie menu.
    • Alt-Z: Toggle x-ray.
    • Shift-Z: Toggle wire-frame.
    • Alt-Shift-Z: Toggle overlay.
  • Graph Editor
    • Ctrl-Tab: switch to FCurve editor.
  • Graph Editor
    • Ctrl-Tab: switch to Graph editor.


  • Global
    • Ctrl-Up (Toggle fullscreen), Use Ctrl-Space.
    • Ctrl-Down (Toggle fullscreen), Use Ctrl-Space.
    • Alt-Wheel (Frame offset), use Left/Right.
  • Grease Pencil
    • D-* (All keys that use the D-Key as a modifier) NO REPLACEMENT.

      (updated to use tool-system, full grease pencil support has it's own modes).
  • 3D View
    • Global Keys
      • Shift-Wheel (VIEW3D_OT_view_pan) NO REPLACEMENT.
      • Ctrl-Wheel (VIEW3D_OT_view_pan) NO REPLACEMENT.
      • Alt-Shift-Wheel (VIEW3D_OT_view_orbit) NO REPLACEMENT.
      • Ctrl-Shift-Wheel (VIEW3D_OT_view_orbit) NO REPLACEMENT.
      • Shift-Z (VIEW3D_OT_toggle_shading, RENDER), use Z pie menu.
      • Alt-Z (VIEW3D_OT_toggle_shading, MATERIAL), use Z pie menu.
    • Object Mode
      • Ctrl-T Make Track NO REPLACEMENT (use Object menu).
      • Alt-T Clear Track NO REPLACEMENT (use Object menu).
    • Grease Pencil Editing
      • 0..9 (GPENCIL_OT_brush_select) NO REPLACEMENT.
    • Sculpt Mode
      • 0..9 (BRUSH_OT_active_index_set) NO REPLACEMENT.
    • Vertex Paint
      • 0..9 (BRUSH_OT_active_index_set) NO REPLACEMENT.
    • Weight Paint
      • 0..9 (BRUSH_OT_active_index_set) NO REPLACEMENT.
    • Texture Paint
      • 0..9 (BRUSH_OT_active_index_set) NO REPLACEMENT.


  • Global
    • Spacebar (operator search menu toolbar popup). Use F3.
    • Alt-F10 (toggle fullscreen area). Use Ctrl-Alt-Space.
    • Alt-A: (toggle animation playback). Use Shift-Spacebar
    • Alt-F (VIEW3D_OT_view_center_pick). See Alt-MMB shortcuts.
  • 3D View
    • General
      • Shift-F: Fly/Walk Mode (Use Shift-AccentGrave)
      • Ctrl-Space: Toggle Manipulator, (Use Ctrl-AccentGrave)
      • , and . are now orientation and pivot pie menus.
      • Z: Toggle wire-frame shading (Use Shift-Z).
    • Object Mode
      • Ctrl-Tab (Pose Mode / Weight Paint). Use Ctrl-Tab (Opens pie-menu or toggles pose mode for armatures).
      • V (Vertex Paint Mode). Use Ctrl-Tab (pie menu).
    • Edit Mode: Mesh
      • Ctrl-Tab (Select Mode), Use 1..3 (new edit-mode key).
      • Ctrl-N: Recalculate normals (Use Shift-N)
  • Image Space
    • UV Edit
      • W (Weld), Use Shift-W (make room for W-key context menu).
      • F3 (Save As), Use Shift-S (make room for F3 search).



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Campbell Barton (campbellbarton) triaged this task as Normal priority.

Yo @Campbell Barton (campbellbarton) it seems like Blender User pref is hidden, we cannot access it. Has the key-combo changed, or?

Yo @Campbell Barton (campbellbarton) it seems like Blender User pref is hidden, we cannot access it. Has the key-combo changed, or?

It's available from the edit-menu.

@Campbell Barton (campbellbarton) please consider adding a fast acess global checkbox to change all select-all keymaps to toggle, I really love the toggle mode but there are too many keymaps on the input settings and I could't get to revert the changes by myself.

I feel really weird modeling in blender because I use “A” a lot to DESELECT things, when was the last time you needed to select ALL, most of the time we DE-select All

Thats why I think we need to invert the Alt+A and A functions. A should be for deselection and Alt+A for selection.even if weird using Alt for a kind of opposite purpose it is at least for me the best… for our finger joints.

@Campbell Barton (campbellbarton)

@Campbell Barton (campbellbarton) I think Ctrl-Shift-Tab (Snap Element Menu) is actually back. And "toggle fullscreen area). Use Ctrl-Alt-Space" I think is not yet implemented

@Tomas (Rusculleda), Corrected first issue, Ctrl-Alt-Space works here.

Tomas (Rusculleda) added a comment.EditedWed, Nov 21, 11:36 AM

Were the view orbit shortcuts (shift+alt+mmb up/down and ctrl+alt+mmb up/down) changed or eliminated? They're not working here and I can't find them in input preferences.

Hope I'm not being annoying but in case it helps, I also noticed Alt + Wheel is no longer assigned to frame offset.

@Tomas (Rusculleda) not at all, thanks for the pointing this out, updated.

Hi Campbell,

Control + ` (Accent Grave) doesn't seem to work in Blender macOS. Pressing the Accent Grave key without Control for view selection does work.



I can confirm the above comment, the key combo is good but actually I think the problem might be the manipulator is missing ing macOS - its been missing for a while in 2.8 (kind of assumed it was by design) - even changing the toggle to something simple e.g shift+h there is still no toggling of a manipulator.

AccentGrave: 3D view pie menu. works correctly
Ctrl-AccentGrave: Toggle manipulator. nothing happens
Shift-AccentGrave: Fly-mode. works correctly

macOS 10.14.1 here.

Could you try this with the 'Transform' tool active? (This should toggle on/off).

Toggles 3d view option: Overlay -> Active Tool

Yes, that works. I didn't know that the gizmo is only visible when the Transform tool is activated. Is there also a direct keyboard shortcut for the Transform tool, in stead of Spacebar and then the T key?


@Metin Seven (MetinSeven), no, but you can press Space-T in the same way you'd press Ctrl-T or similar bindings.

Good to know, thanks, and keep up the good work. 👍

Could you try this with the 'Transform' tool active? (This should toggle on/off).

Toggles 3d view option: Overlay -> Active Tool

Yup that does work so yup - so there will be no 'Select' Manipulator anymore? just the free grabbing - pretty sure I can get used to it quite fast.

please dont use accents and tildes as shortcuts because in some languages this are dead keys.

please dont use accents and tildes as shortcuts because in some languages this are dead keys.

Though at some point I asked for something similar, now I don't belive not using those keys is the best solution, as some of those keys are positioned quite handily, and using only keys available in every keyboard layout would be limiting. I'm thinking maybe a better solution would be to have community maintained keboard presets which adapt the oficial keymap to the different layouts. For example, with spanish keyboards, blender takes the ñ key for the tilde shortcuts, and the question marks keys for the square brakets shortcuts. When I install blender on a new computer I usually change those shortcuts for more accesible keys (if posible, to the keys that lie on the position the oirginal shortcut key is suposed to be). If this kinds of adaptations were shared and made easily available I think we would be fine.

hi Tomas, that would be pretty cool, i also have some custom shortcuts on the 2.79 version, but i'm trying out the defaults in this one and i'm adapting faster than i thought (muscle memory still plays some tricks on me), i've only alter the spacebar behavior, because F3 is too far away (i wouldn't change it if i had an equivalent to mac users with their cmd-f, lucky bastards!). My point about the keys is that, they should just work out of the box, i know i can remap them, but not everyone will manage to get there (the input preferences is massive) and i understand your point about handy position on the keyboard layout, but we are trading handy position of shortcuts by broken shortcuts (if you use the defaults).