Onshape Keyboard Shortcuts – With PDF Cheat Sheet!

PDF of Onshape keyboard shortcuts

In Onshape, like in most CAD software, certain tasks require a lot of actions before they can be executed. If you want to draw a line, for example, you have to click on the sketch tab, click on Line, move your mouse to the drawing area, click on the drawing area, and drag the mouse cursor till you get the size you want. All to draw a line! While these may seem like very short processes, they are repeated numerous times during design. When added up, they account for a lot of design time, and time is very important to designers. Fortunately, many CAD software have keyboard shortcuts that enable you to execute various tasks at the touch of one or two keyboard keys. Onshape is not an exception. There are over 70 Onshape keyboard shortcuts for various tasks in this software. These shortcuts are one of the most efficient ways to hasten design in Onshape.

In this article, we will be going through the various Onshape keyboard shortcuts, how to activate them, and what tasks they execute. However, before we go into the shortcuts themselves, we must learn about the software and its capabilities. This will enable us to understand the importance and purpose of each shortcut.

About Onshape

Onshape is a CAD software platform that is dedicated to product design processes. This software primarily focuses on MCAD, (Mechanical Computer-aided Design) for industries that manufacture mechanical components, consumer electronics, carry out 3D printing, and many more

One of the things that make Onshape stand out is the fact that it is one of the pioneer CAD packages that is delivered over the internet, via a SAAS ( software as a service). As a result of this, download and installation are not required as the software can be easily accessed and utilized through compatible web browsers on the Mac, Windows, IOS, and Android platforms. Also, maintenance and upgrades are not needed as updates to Onshape are immediately affected in the web interface. The software is available in English, Korean, and Chinese languages.

Onshape’s features can be classified into CAD, data management, collaboration, security and audit controls, analytics and reporting, and integration and partners.

Using Onshape’s CAD features, you can model standalone parts and also complex assemblies of several parts. Also, these features enable you to create 2D working drawings that are highly-detailed and contain annotations, dimensions, datum, tables, and part lists. Using these features, you can also import & export various industry file formats. Furthermore, the CAD features include intelligent custom features, configuration options, standard content libraries, and simultaneous sheet metal tools.

3D modeling in Onshape

3D modeling in Onshape (Source)

Data management. The PDM (Product Data Management) features of Onshape ensure that you don’t require a standalone PDM system. These features enable you to carry out release management, advanced workflows, branching/merging, and version control. They also enable you to create and manage bills of materials while simultaneously working on an assembly in real-time. It’s crucial to get the data management part of the design process right in order to save time and effort.

Collaboration. With collaboration tools, multiple users can collaborate with the lead designer in real-time. These tools allow team members to review designs as they are created in real-time. Whether it is with customers, business associates, suppliers, design teams, you can share your project securely for live commenting and review. Also, You can assign tasks in the same project to different people. For even greater control you may limit access to only viewing, commenting, or editing models.

Security and audit controls. Few CAD platforms offer the level of security and audit control that Onshape does. First, all files are securely stored in the cloud. Also, with Onshape, you can prevent unauthorized access to your design, using role-based access controls, two-factor authentication, high-level AES-256 & TLS v 1.2 encryption, and comprehensive audit logs. Any alteration of your design is monitored and recorded for review, and, if the need arises, reversing.

Analytics and reporting. The analytics features enable you to properly monitor projects’ status with the activity overview, project, user, and release dashboards. These dashboards provide in-depth analysis and reports on projects, documents, and users. You also get news-feed-styled activity reports, as well as complete design history and changelogs

Integration and partners. Onshape recognizes its limitations in functionality and allows you to make up for them through integrations and partners. Using PLM (Product lifecycle Management), ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning), CAM, and simulation add-ons from the Onshape App Store, you can increase the functionality of Onshape. These add-ons are provided by Onshape integrated cloud partner apps and have unified purchase, licensing, and sign-on mechanisms. All Onshape partner apps do not require download, installation, or updates.

Onshape Keyboard shortcuts

Onshape has various keyboard shortcuts that make your work easier. To access a full list of these shortcuts in the user interface, click on the help (question mark “?”) icon in the top right corner of Onshape to drop down the help menu. Click on “Keyboard Shortcuts” and a separate window with a list of all keyboard shortcuts will be displayed. A faster way to access this list of Onshape keyboard shortcuts is via a keyboard shortcut! Simply type “Shift” + “?” on your keyboard. As at the time of writing this blog post, Onshape’s keyboard shortcuts cannot be customized. However, the company is working to make this possible.

To activate a shortcut, type the associated key(s) on the keyboard. When two keys are involved, hold down the first then press the second. The following tables contain the Onshape keyboard shortcuts, their titles, and the tasks they execute. For shortcuts involving two buttons in these tables, the buttons are separated by a “+”. Note also that some of these shortcuts are interface-sensitive. A keyboard shortcut that executes a particular action in the part creation interface may execute another in the assembly interface. Also, the same action may require different shortcuts depending on the interface you are in.

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These shortcuts execute general actions such as undo, redo, and toggle command. They are not interface-sensitive and so they apply to all interfaces.




Shift +?

Keyboard shortcuts

Opens a list of all Onshape keyboard shortcuts

Ctrl + Z


Undoes the most recent action

Ctrl + Y


Redoes a recently undone action


Delete selection

Deletes the selected objects

Space bar

Clear selection

Clears the selected object


Cancel command

Cancels the activated command.


Accept command

Confirms and applies  the activated command

Shift + Enter

Accept and repeat a command

Applies the activated command and reactivates it.


Shortcut toolbar

Opens a menu of context-sensitive shortcuts

Shift + Click

Open in new window

Opens a document in a new window

Ctrl + Click

Open in new tab

Opens a document in a new tab

Ctrl + U

Feedback/Report a bug

Reports an error alongside the appropriate feedback

Alt + T

Search tab

Allows you to search for the desired tab among several open tabs


These shortcuts are for creating 2D sketches. All models and designs, no matter how complex, begin with sketches. The sketch shortcuts are usable only when sketching or creating a part.





Suppress inferencing

Reduces the level of inferencing when 



Activates the line command


Corner rectangle

Activates the corner rectangle command


Center point rectangle

Activates the center point rectangle command


Center point circle

Activates the center point circle command


3 point arc

Activates the 3 point arc command

Shift + F


Fillets the selected area



Trims the selected area



Activates the extend command



Activates the offset command



Projects (or convert) a portion(s)  of a part or sketch onto the active sketch plane.



Activates the dimension command



Makes a selection coincident to another



Makes a selection parallel to another



Makes a selection tangent to another



Places a selection in the horizontal position



Places a selection in the vertical position



Makes a selection equal in size to another


Toggle construction

Creates construction geometry

Part studio

These shortcuts are only active in the Part Interface and are dedicated to Part creation. They are shortcuts to many of the clickable commands found in the Part creation interface.




Shift + S


Creates a sketch on an existing part

Shift + E


Extrudes a sketch or a section of a part

Shift + F


Fillets the selected portion of a part

Ctrl + M

Mate connector

Activates the mate connector(s) of a part(s


Lock mate inference

Stops further inference of already mated objects


Flip primary axis

Flips the stipulated primary axis of a part


Reorient secondary axis

Reorients the secondary axis of a part


Hide/show mate connectors

Display or hide mate connectors


These shortcuts are dedicated to assembly creation and work only in the Assembly interface





Lock mate inference

Stops further inference of already mated objects

Ctrl + C


Copies a selection/part

Ctrl + V


Paste a copied selection/part 



Mates two or more parts

Ctrl + M

Mate connector

Activates the mate connectors


Insert dialog

Opens up the insert dialog

Shift + S

Snap mode

Toggles snap mode on or off


Flip primary axis

Flips the stipulated primary axis of an assembly


Reorient secondary axis

Reorients the secondary axis of an assembly


Hide/show mates

Displays or hides mates in an assembly


Hide/show mate connectors

Displays or hides mate connectors in an assembly


The drawing shortcuts help you create highly detailed working drawings with ease. These drawings are active in the Drawing interface




Shift + Z

Zoom in

Zooms in the drawing on the screen


Zoom out

Zooms out the drawing on the  screen


Zoom to fit

Zooms the drawing to fit the screen


Zoom to window

Zooms the drawing  to fit the window


Projected view

Displays the projected view of the drawing


Linear dimension 

Allows you to specify a linear dimension

Shift + R

Radial dimension

Allows you to specify a radial dimension

Shift + D

Diameter dimension

Allows you to specify diameter dimension

Shift + Q

Quad and Mid snap points

Snaps to the mid and quad snap points of arcs and circles



Allows you to add a note to a drawing

Ctrl + Q

Update drawing

Updates a drawing to reflect any modification made in its part or assembly file



Activates the line command in the Drawing interface

Ctrl + S

Display sheet menu

Displays the sheet menu 

Pg dn

Next sheet

Opens the next sheet in a drawing document 

Pg up

Previous sheet

Returns to the previous sheet in a drawing document


First sheet

Opens the first sheet of a drawing document


Last sheet

Opens the last sheet of a drawing document


Like the general shortcuts, the View keyboard shortcuts are not interface-sensitive and are usable in all interfaces




Shift + Z

Zoom In

Zooms in the object on the screen


Zoom out

Zooms out the object on the screen


Zoom to fit

Zoom the object to fit the screen


Zoom to window

Zoom the object to fit the window

← → ↑ ↓


Rotate the object on the screen in the specified direction

Shift + ← → ↑ ↓


Pans the object on the screen in the specified directions

Shift + 1

Front view

Displays the front view of the object on the screen

Shift + 2

Back view

Displays the back view of the object on the screen

Shift + 3

Left view

Displays the left view of the object on the screen

Shift + 4

Right view

Displays the right view of the object on the screen

Shift + 5

Top view

Displays the top view of the object on the screen

Shift + 6

Bottom view

Displays the bottom view of the object on the screen

Shift + 7

Isometric view

Displays the isometric view of the object on the screen

Shift + 8

Section view

Displays the section view of the object on the screen


View normal to

Displays the object on the screen, normal to a sketch plane


Hide/show planes

Displays or hides the different drawing planes


Hide selected part

Hides a selected part

Shift + Y

Show selected part

Displays a previously hidden part

In conclusion

Onshape keyboard shortcuts are very efficient in speeding up design. There are not very much when compared to keyboard shortcuts of some other CAD software. For this reason, they are relatively easy to memorize. If you are not a fan of memorizing on the spot, you have nothing to worry about as you’ll surely memorize all of them as you continue to apply them. We have also created a PDF cheat sheet which you can save on your device or print out and hang somewhere visible

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