Keyboard Shortcuts

The use of keyboard shortcuts (and longer commands) can greatly speed drafting. Although you can obtain a list of keyboard shortcuts while using GardenCAD by clicking on the Help menu, here is another list with a brief explanation of what each shortcut does.

tip If you find any undocumented shortcuts when you are using the program, please let us know about them and we will update this list.

A = Arc
Draws a three point arc. If you use this keyboard shortcut, it does allow you to indicate Start Point, Centre and End point of the arc by typing a single character in the command area. Use the Draw drop down menu for more arc options if required.
AA = Draw polygon
Draws a polygon with the number of sides you nominate.
B = Block
Starts the Block command. This enables you to group several entities, name them, set a base point and then efficiently stamp multiple copies of the block (symbol) into the design.
Activates the Blocks dialog box which enables you to browse those blocks present in the current drawing.
C = Circle
Starts the Circle command. You are asked for a the location of the centre point and than the radius of the circle. The 2P option allows a circle to be drawn between two points and the 3P options between 3 points.
Activates the color dialog box.
DA = Insert angular dimension
Draws an angular dimesion betwween two lines.
DI - Distance
Calculates a running (cumulative) distance bewteen points.
E = Erase
Start the ERASE command. Select the objects and use the right mouse button to stop. Remove items from the selection set by holding the SHIFT key down and re-selecting the item.
HA = Hatch
Apply a pattern to an area or closed entity
I = Insert
Use this command to insert a block into the drawings. Use the resultant dialog box to control the spacing, angle and number of instances of the block [rather like a rectangular array].
J = Join
This command can be used to joing two or more entities together. It is especially useful when dealing with contour lines. Surveyors often produce contours which are made up of short line segmenst. If these are joined, the resultant compound line becomes a polyline and curve fitting functions can be used with great effect to smooth the contour.
L = Line
Start the line command. Tip: after drawing a line, right click to repeat the leine command. Remember to set entity snaps correctly while drawing new lines such that you latch onto endpoints, midpoints, tangents etc.
LA = Layer
Starts the layer dialog box. Use this box to create new layers, turn off layers, set the colour of a layer, set the linetype of a layer, set locking on or off etc.
LWEIGHT = Adjust lineweight sttings
Pops up a dialog box which allows adjustment of  lineweight settings and display.
M = Move
This command allows you to shift an object (entity) from one place to another. Use entity snaps to get accurate control over base point (the start point for the move) and destination of the move.
This command creates a resizable box into which the text is placed. As you change the size of the box, the text changes position. However you have no control over what becomes a paragraph. Even though there may be sentences in this paragraph, if you simply type, there is no control over the end of lines and paragraphs.
Activates the Multi linestyle dialog box.
RE = Regen
This shortcut can be used to refresh the view. After a long editing session, moving, copying entities, the screen may become somewhat corrupted, showing lines etc. which are not actually in the drawing database. Use RE to refresh the screen.
T = Text
This command calls the TEXT command which is used to place single lines of text in your drawing. Nominate insertion point, height and rotation angle. The text will be drawn in whatever text style is current. That text style will also interact with the currently selected dimension style.
Starts the trim command. Note that the value for the screen cursor size must not be set to 100% otherwise you will not be able to select the trim entity.
P = Pan
Shifts the drawing when you nominate a starting point and a destination.
PO = Point
Places a point into a drawing. Points are also known as nodes and it is possible to use entity snaps to jump to a point marker.
Enables editing of the point style marker.
X = Explode
Breaks a block (symbol) or polyline into its constituent parts.
F3 = Function key 3
Toggles OSNAP (entity snap) on or off.
F7 = Function key 7
Toggles the grid on or off.
F8 = Function key 8
Toggles tracking (drawing orthogonal [and at other angles] on or off)
F9 = Function key 9
Toggle snap to grid on or off
Viewing controls

Ctrl E = Zoom Extents

Ctrl T = Display lineweights (toggle for on/off)
Pages controls
Ctrl P = Go to Pages List
NEXT = Next Page