Shortcut Keys

Shortcut Keys

Following table displays the keyboard and/or mouse shortcuts used by the program. Here, context is the part and state of the program within which the shortcut key is valid.

Name
Context
Shortcut Keys
Description
Open Previous Backup
Main Window
CTRL + B
Allow you to open the previous backup
Save
Main Window
CTRL + S
Save project
Plot
Main Window
CTRL + P
Print the current view
Exit
Main Window
CTRL + X
Exit ProtaStructure
Undo 
View Window
CTRL + Z
Reverse one or more than one action
Redo
View Window
CTRL + Y
Reverse one or more than one action that has been undone
Copy
View Window
CTRL + C
Copy the beam wall or member loads Or copy any texts
Zoom Window
View Window
CTRL + W
Zoom into the area defined by the selected rectangle
Zoom Previous
View Window
CTRL + O
Zoom to the previous view
Zoom Extents
View Window + Selected member
CTRL + E
Zoom to the selected entities. If no entities is selected, it will zoom to show all entities
Zoom Limits
View Window
CTRL + L
Zoom to show the limits of the grids
Mirror
View Window + Selected member
CTRL + N
Mirror the selected members
Zoom In (20%)
View Window
CTRL + F11
Closer view to the entities, i.e. entities become bigger
Zoom Out (20%)
View Window
CTRL + F12
Move away from the entities, i.e. entities become smaller
Prota Structure Help
Main Window
F1
Open the online help
Dynamic Input System
View Window + Modelling
F2
Allow you to enter the exact offset/ distance during the modelling of axes, beams and etc
Set Rotation Center to Cursor
View Window
F9
Rotation around view center or cursor location
Display Style
3D view
F11
Cycles through display modes in 3d view, i.e. rendered, wireframe, hidden lines, flat, and shaded
Camera Projection
3D view
F12
Toggles between orthogonal and perspective camera projection in 3d view
Member Selection
View Window + Selected member
CTRL+Left Click
 CTRL+ Draw Window
Multiple selection, adds or removes members from selection set
Member Insertion
View Window + Selected member
CTRL+Mouse Move
If first point is picked and second point is expected, snaps the rubber band to 45 degrees and orthogonal directions based on user coordinate system. Also snaps the rubber band length increment to 100 mms. If extension snap is active, calculates points on the extension line with 100 mm intervals.
Member Insertion 2
View Window + Selected member
CTRL+SHIFT+Mouse Move
Similar to above but this time snaps to half of the length increment. i.e. 50 mms
Member Insertion 3
View Window + Selected member
CTRL+Move Over
Beam/Column/wall/frame
When beam insertion is active, snaps to 100 mm length increments along the member on 3d or plan.
Arc
View Window + Sketch line
A
When a sketch line is being drawn, toggles to arc drawing mode
Line
View Window + Sketch line
L
When a sketch line is being drawn, toggles to line drawing mode
Reverse/ Cancel
View Window + Sketch line/axis
ESC
When a sketch line or cranked axis is being drawn, rolls back the last picked point. If dynamic input system is locked then the lock is removed first, then dynamic input system is closed, then the last point is cancelled then the active command is cancelled
Adjust member eccentricities
View Window + Selected member
Arrow keys
Changes the eccentricities of selected column/beam and wall members
Adjust member eccentricities 2
View Window + Selected member
CTRL+ Arrow Keys
Changes the selected member eccentricities to section extremes like top-left, bottom-right, top-center etc
Anchor adjustment
View Window + Selected member
CTRL+SHIFT+ Arrow Keys
Identical to above but also sets the section anchor points
Property window
View Window
Right Click on a member
if selection set is empty, then selects the member and automatically loads the property window. (We may have disabled this since it is annoying when trying to rotate in 3d)
3D Rotate
3D view
Right click + DRAG
Rotation in 3D View
Pan
View Window
Mouse Button Click + DRAG
Pan in Plan + 3D View
Zoom in
View Window
Plus (+) key
Zoom in
Zoom Out
View Window
Minus (-) key
Zoom out
3D Animation
3D view
CTRL + SHIFT + F8
Toggles on/off animation in 3D View
Confirm data input
View Window + Dynamic Input (F2)
ENTER or SPACE
Confirms the data input when dynamic input is active
Clear Selection
View Window
ESC
Clear the selections
Delete Selected Member
View Window + Selected member
Delete
Delete the selected member(s)
Update Member Properties
Selected Member + Property Dialog
F6
Updates the properties of the selected member
Copy Reinforcement
RC Beam/Column Design Menu
CTRL+C
Copies the reinforcement of selected column/wall or beam line on the list
Paste Reinforcement
RC Beam/Column Design Menu
CTRL+V
Pastes the copied reinforcements to all similar columns/walls and beam lines
Increase Bar Diameter
RC Beam Design Editor + Selected Rebar
F3
Increases the diameter of the selected rebar by one step (bar diameters can be defined in beam settings)
Decrease Bar Diameter
RC Beam Design Editor + Selected Rebar
F4
Decreases the diameter of the selected rebar by one step (bar diameters can be defined in beam settings)
Increase Bar Count
RC Beam Design Editor + Selected Rebar
F1
Increases the selected bar count by one 
Decrease Bar Count
RC Beam Design Editor + Selected Rebar
F2
Decreases the selected bar count by one 
Increase Link Spacing
RC Beam Design Editor + Selected Link
F5
Increases the selected link spacing by one step (spacing step can be defined in beam settings)
Decrease Link Spacing
RC Beam Design Editor + Selected Link
F6
Decreases the selected link spacing by one step (spacing step can be defined in beam settings)

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