Blender For Dummies
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Blender is designed to be used with one hand on the keyboard and the other on the mouse. Nearly every key on a standard keyboard is assigned to some task within Blender, and sometimes more than one task. For example, the numbers across the top of the keyboard reveal each of the first ten Blender layers. Alt+Any number shows each of the last ten layers. Shift+Any number allows you to show more multiple layers simultaneously. And that’s not all! The following table shows some of the more commonly used hotkeys while working in Blender.

HotkeyDescription
A Toggle select all/none
Alt+A Play animation in view
Shift+A Show Add menu
C Circle (Brush) select
Shift+D Duplicate
Alt+D Linked duplicate
E (edit mode) Extrude
F (edit mode) Create face/edge
G Grab/move
Alt+G Clear location
H Hide selected
Alt+H Reveal all
I Insert keyframe
Ctrl+J Join selected objects
L (edit mode) Select linked vertices
Shift+L (edit mode) Deselect linked vertices
M Move selection to layer
Ctrl+M Mirror selection
N Show Properties region
Ctrl+N New Blender session
Ctrl+N (edit mode) Calculate normals outside
O (edit mode) Enable proportional editing
P (edit mode) Separate to new object
Ctrl+P Make parent
Alt+P Clear parent
R Rotate
Alt+R Clear rotation
S Scale
Alt+S Clear scale
U (edit mode) Unwrap mesh
V Toggle Vertex Paint mode
W (edit mode) Specials menu
Ctrl+S Save file
X Delete selection
Ctrl+Z Undo
Ctrl+Shift+Z Redo
Spacebar Show search menu
Shift+Spacebar Maximize editor area
Ctrl+Spacebar Toggle manipulator
Alt+Spacebar Change manipulator orientation
Tab Toggle Edit mode
Shift+Tab Toggle snapping

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Jason van Gumster, author of all editions of Blender For Dummies, has used Blender in animation, video, and digital design for over 20 years. A Blender Foundation certified trainer, he has taught numerous students and serves as lead moderator on BlenderArtists.org, the largest Blender community website.

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