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Keyboard shortcuts for navigation

Keyboard shortcuts for navigation provide fingertip access to many functions, minimizing the need to change tools. This increases the ability to adjust the experience without the mouse leaving the view or the task. Some shortcuts are only relevant in a 3D view and these will be distinguished below.

Shortcut keys to enhance the Explore tool

One of the primary tools you will use when interacting with your view is the Explore tool Explore Tool. The following keys are assigned to work specifically in conjunction with the Explore tool only. Press the key to perform the action and release it when you're done. Shortcuts like P and N are just a one-time press to automatically adjust the view. This is different from rotating the camera and zooming, which are actions that require you to hold the keys down while using the Explore tool together to update the view.

Shortcut keys to use with the Explore tool

UseIf you want to2D3DComments
P

Move the camera to look perpendicular to the data displayed in the view.

No

Yes

Press the key once and the view automatically shifts so it is looking straight down on top of your data.

N

Adjust the view to point north.

Yes

Yes

If you have rotated your view, press N to reset the orientation to face north.

Shift + press left mouse button

Zoom in by drawing a rectangle.

Yes

Yes

Drag a box to zoom in to a particular geographic window area you define.

Shift + click left mouse button

Center and zoom in where you click the display with the pointer.

Yes

Yes

Click the view with the left mouse button while pressing Shift to center and zoom in on that location.

Ctrl

Center the view to look at where you click the display with the pointer.

Yes

Yes

Click the view with the left mouse button while pressing Ctrl to look at the location you clicked. In 2D this centers the view, in 3D the camera turns to center and look at the location.

W

Tilt the camera up in a scene.

No

Yes

This is like tilting the camera up from a fixed point.

S

Tilt the camera down in a scene.

No

Yes

This is like tilting the camera down from a fixed point.

A

Rotate counterclockwise.

Yes

Yes

The behavior is a camera tilt or a view rotation.

D

Rotate clockwise.

Yes

Yes

The behavior is a camera tilt or a view rotation.

Keyboard shortcuts to access navigation regardless of the active tool

The following keyboard shortcuts are always available, regardless of the active tool. Whether you are navigating and want to return to a previous extent or are performing a selection, edit, or measure task and need to modify your perspective, use these shortcuts for fingertip access to navigation.

Keyboard shortcuts that are always available regardless of the active tool

UseIf you want to2D3DComments
Insert

Zoom to full extent.

Yes

Yes

Zoom to the full extent of the layers in the map or scene.

-

Zoom out.

Yes

Yes

Incrementally zoom out.

+

Zoom in.

Yes

Yes

Incrementally zoom in.

C

Navigate when using another tool.

Yes

Yes

Press and hold C to use the Explore tool when you are in the middle of another task using another tool.

  • Left button drag—Pan
  • Left button click—Pop-up
  • Wheel button scroll—Zoom
  • Wheel button click and drag—Tilt and rotate in 3D
  • Right button drag—Continuous zoom in and out

Hold down C and press Shift or Ctrl while using another tool also allows you to center and zoom in, or just center, respectively.

Alt + click one or more layers in the Contents pane

Zoom to layer's extent.

Yes

Yes

Zoom to the extent of the data for a layer or set of selected layers from the Contents pane.

Z

Zoom continuously.

Yes

Yes

Pressing and holding Z changes the active tool to a continuous zoom in or zoom out mode when dragging the left mouse button.

X

Zoom out incrementally.

Yes

Yes

Click to zoom out incrementally away from your data.

V

Rotate.

Yes

Yes

Rotate around a pivot point where you click on the view.

V + arrow keys

Rotate about the center of view using arrow keys instead of the pointer.

Yes

Yes

Press V and the Up Arrow, Down Arrow, Left Arrow, or Right Arrow keys to rotate around the center of the view.

B

Look around.

No

Yes

The camera turns to look around from the place that you click.

B + arrow keys

Look around using only the keyboard.

No

Yes

Press B and the Up Arrow, Down Arrow, Left Arrow, or Right Arrow keys to manipulate the camera in a 3D view to look around its current location.

<

Go back to the previous extent.

Yes

Yes

Go back to the previous extent, if it exists.

>

Go forward to the next extent.

Yes

Yes

Go forward to the next extent, if it exists.

Q

Roam.

Yes

Yes

In 2D, the view is panned in the direction indicated. The farther the pointer is from the center of the view, the faster panning occurs.

In 3D, the camera's attitude and altitude are maintained as the view is panned in the direction indicated by the pointer away from the center of the view.

Q+Shift

Adjust the roam speed to make it slower.

Yes

Yes

While pressing Q to roam, you can press Shift at the same time to slow down the roam speed.

Q+Ctrl

Adjust the roam speed to make it faster.

Yes

Yes

While pressing Q to roam, you can press Ctrl at the same time to speed up the roam speed.

Arrow keys

Nudge the view left, right, up, or down.

Yes

Yes

Use the arrow keys to move the camera up, down, left, or right. In 2D, this is like panning the view in increments.

You can repeatedly press the arrow key you need for fine-tuned panning adjustments, or press and hold to keep moving in one particular direction.

U

Move up, higher from the view.

Yes

Yes

In 2D, this behaves the same as continuous zoom out.

In 3D, pressing U will lift the camera up vertically.

J

Move down, closer to the view.

Yes

Yes

In 2D, this behaves the same as continuous zoom in.

In 3D, press J to move the camera down vertically.

Page Up

Jump one screen size up.

Yes

Yes

In 2D, pan jumps forward one screen width.

In 3D, the camera jumps forward one screen width.

Page Down

Jump one screen size down.

Yes

Yes

In 2D, pan jumps one screen down.

In 3D, the camera jumps one screen down.

Home

Jump one screen size to the left.

Yes

Yes

The view will jump to the left one screen size.

In 3D, the camera altitude and angle are maintained.

End

Jump one screen size to the right.

Yes

Yes

The view will jump to the right one screen size.

In 3D, the camera altitude and angle are maintained.

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