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LibreCAD Keyboard Shortcuts – With PDF Cheat Sheet!

LibreCAD keyboard shortcuts

LibreCAD is one of the most commonly used free CAD applications used around the globe because it is a free open source CAD application, it has a sharp learning curve and it is supported by a variety of operating systems including Windows, macOS, and Linux. And to make the most out of it, it is important to learn some LibreCAD keyboard shortcuts to make work easier for you and also enable you to accomplish tasks more quickly.

For this reason, Scan2CAD has prepared a comprehensive LibreCAD keyboard shortcuts list that you can use when using LibreCAD in your engineering design projects.

About LibreCAD

LibreCAD logo

Developers: LibreCAD community

Initial release: 15 December 2011

Operating Systems: Windows, macOS, and Linux

License type: GPLv2

Before we delve into the LibreCAD keyboard shortcuts, it is important to first understand what LibreCAD is and what it is used for.

LibreCAD was developed as a QCAD Community Edition fork and its graphic user interface (GUI) is based on the QT5 libraries, which enables it to run on a variety of platforms in the same way.

It is an open-source computer-aided design (CAD) software that can be freely downloaded rather than downloading costly CAD software like AutoCAD and the like. Besides, if you have some experience with programs like AutoCAD, you will find it very easy to use LibreCAD since its interface is analogous to that of AutoCAD.

LibreCAD is used for drawing 2D and 3D CAD drawings and it is also widely used as a DXF file format viewer.

Besides DXF file format, you can also print your work in DWG and CXF file formats and export SVG, ICO, BMP, and PDF, file formats among others when using LibreCAD.

LibreCAD interface

It is also important to understand the different parts of the LibreCAD interface so that you can have a clue of where to expect a change when you use a certain LibreCAD keyboard shortcut.

The screenshot below shows a LibreCAD interface where the main sections have been highlighted and labeled using numbers from 1 to 9. Each of these sections holds specific functions.

LibreCAD interface

Figure 1. LibreCAD interface (source)

1 – Main menu and file options

2 – Shape options

3 – Main drawing area (Model Space)

4 – Pan wizard area

5 – Layer and blocklist area

6 – Command line

7 – Grid snap options

8 – Enable toolbars

9 – Status bar

LibreCAD keyboard shortcuts

In this guide we shall look at the LibreCAD keyboard shortcuts that you can when drawing, viewing, editing, dimensioning, snapping, modifying drawing, selecting drawings or parts in a drawing, and obtaining information from a drawing.

When using these keyboard shortcuts, it is important to note that there are those shortcuts that require you to press different keys at the same time and those that require you to press one key after the other. The keyboard shortcuts that have two or more keys separated by a ‘+’ sign require you to press the keys together (at the same time), while those that have two or more keys separated by the word ‘then’ require you to press one key after the other in the order they are shown.

File editing keyboard shortcuts

Keyboard Shortcut

Function

Ctrl+N

Create a new file

Ctrl+O

Open an existing file

Ctrl+S

Save your drawing (either as a new file or to the current file)

General keyboard shortcuts

Keyboard shortcut

Function

Ctrl + T

Reload the style sheet

F11

Open full-screen mode

F5

Redraw a shape

Ctrl + G

Insert grid

Ctrl + –

Zoom out

Ctrl + +

Zoom out

Ctrl + D

drafting

Ctrl + A

Select all

Ctrl + K

Deselect all

Ctrl + R

Revert direction

LibreCAD Keyboard shortcuts for drawing

Keyboard shortcut

Function

P then O (Don’t press them together) or type the word ‘point’

Draw a point

L or (L then I)or type the word ‘line’

Draw a line

O or (P then A) or type the word ‘offset’ or ‘parallel’

Draw a parallel line

P then L (Don’t press them together) or type the word ‘polyline’

Draw a polyline

A or (A then R) or type the word ‘arc’

Draw an arc using three points

C then I or type the word ‘circle’

Draw a circle

R then E then C (Don’t press them together) or type ‘rect’ or ‘rectangle’

Draw a rectangle (line rectangle)

T then X then T or type the word ‘text’

Draw (write) text

Type the word ‘mtext’ or ‘mtxt’

To write M (in case of any other text, just replace the ‘m’ before the text or txt

H then A or type the word ‘hatch’

Draw a hatch

F then H then L

Draw a free line

S then T then P or type word ‘spline2’ 

Draw spline points

S then P then L or type the word ‘ spline’

Draw spline

Type the word ‘perp’ or ‘ortho’

Draw line that is perpendicular (orthogonal)

V then E then R or type the word ‘vertical’

Draw a vertical line

H then O then R or type the word ‘horizontal’

Draw a horizontal line

E then I or (I then E)

Draw an ellipse

B then I or type the word ‘bisect’

Draw a line bisector

Type the word ‘tanpc’ or tangentpc’

Draw a tangent

Type the word ‘poly2’ or ‘polygon2v’

Draw a polygon (line polygon)

C then 2 or type the word ‘circle2’

Draw a circle using two points

C then 3 or type the word ‘circle3’

Draw a circle using three points

P then P or (P then T then P)

Draw a parallel line through

C then T then 3 or type the word ‘tan3’

Draw a circle using three tangents

Keyboard shortcuts for viewing

Keyboard shortcut

Function

Z then R or (R then G) or type the word ‘regen’ or ‘redraw’

Zoom redraw

Z then W

Zoom window

Z then A

Auto-zoom

Z then P

Zoom pan

Z then V

Zoom the previous view

Keyboard shortcuts for Editing

Keyboard shortcut

Function

U or (O then O) or type the word ‘undo’

Undo 

R or (U then U) or type the word ‘redo’

redo

K or type the word ‘kill’

Kill or the current actions

Keyboard shortcuts for Dimensioning

Keyboard shortcuts

Function

D then A

Aligned dimensions

D then R 

Linear dimensions

D then H

Linear horizontal dimensions

D then V

Linear vertical dimensions

L then D 

Dimension leader

LibreCAD Keyboard shortcuts for Modifying drawing

Keyboard shortcuts

Functions

T then M or type the word ‘trim’

Trim

T then 2 or (T then M then 2)

Trim 2 points

M then V

Move

M then I

Mirror

C then H or type the word ‘fillet’ or ‘bug’

Bevel

R,

Rotate

S then S

Stretch

S then Z

Scale

E then R

Delete

X then P

Explode Blocks

D then I or (D then I then V) or (C then U then T)

Cut

M then P or type the word ‘prop’

Modify entity

F then I or type the word ‘fillet’

Modify round fillet

M then A or type the word ‘attr’

Modify attributes

Keyboard shortcuts for Snapping

Keyboard shortcut

Function

O then S or (S then F)

Snap free

S then E

Snap endpoint

S then C

Snap center

S then G

Snap grid

S then I

Snap intersection

S then M

Snap middle

N then P or (S then N)

Snap an entity

S then D

Snap dist

R then V

Restrict vertical

R then R

Restrict orthogonally

R then N

Restrict nothing

R then H

Restrict horizontally

R then Z

Set relative to zero

Keyboard shortcuts for selecting

Keyboard shortcut

Function

S then A

Selecting all

T then N

Deselecting all

Keyboard shortcuts for obtaining information

Keyboard shortcut

Function

A then R or type the word ‘area’

Obtain information on area

A then N then G or type the word ‘angle’

Obtain information on the angle

D then P then P or type the word ‘dist’

Obtain the information on distance

Conclusion

Keyboard shortcuts are always a great way of shortening the time taken in performing tasks on computer programs.

With the above LibreCAD keyboard shortcuts, you can increase your speed when using LibreCAD to draw 2D or 3D drawings and also when viewing and modifying drawings since you won’t waste time clicking through the many steps to perform various tasks.

 

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One Response to LibreCAD Keyboard Shortcuts – With PDF Cheat Sheet!

  1. mscwebsolutions Dec 31, 2020 at 5:32 AM #

    Nice. Very informative post. Thank you.

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