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Friday, 14 April 2017

Revit Dialog Box Shortcut Keys

I was recently doing a very repetitive task on a Revit dialog box - it involved changing the order of many View Filters in the View Template dialog box (Filters tab).  This list of added filters does not sort alphabetically - the dialog box has no means to do so because the filters are applied in order, which means you don't want it to sort automatically.

In the process I decided to check if there are any keyboard shortcuts for the 'Move Up and Down' commands.  Yes, there are indeed some hidden keyboard shortcuts. This can be very useful as you can keep your finger on the key for multiple moves, unlike using the mouse, which requires a click for each move (a sure recipe for RSI):

[Edit] After further testing prompted by comments by 'infeeeee' I have realised it is simpler to use than I first thought.  I knew about the Alt key shortcuts that work on the ribbon (or Keytips as the Autodesk helpfile refers to them) - but I was not aware that they also work on some dialog boxes.  I have amended the instructions below accordingly.

Here is how it works:

View Filter tab View Template dialog box

The command icons will show the keyboard shortcut underlined if you press the Alt key (as shown above).
  • First select the filter in the list
  • Then get the focus onto the icons for up/down by pressing the Tab key, or by clicking on one of the up or down icons
  • Then use the following single key shortcuts:

D = Add

R = Remove

U = Up

O = Down

E = Edit

Esc = Cancel
  • Alternatively, you can press the Alt key + a shortcut key, which negates the need to get the focus onto the command icons in the first place (much easier)

Line Styles Dialog Box

N = New (Subcategory)

D = Delete

R = Rename

I = Invert

Fill Patterns

Although the keyboard shortcuts are programmed, the Tab key does not put the focus onto the icons, so you cannot use the keyboard shortcuts that way. However, the Alt key works like a charm.

N = New

E = Edit

D = Delete

U = Duplicate

R = Drafting

M = Model

Even the Modify and New Pattern dialogs have their own key tips:

Line Patterns 

Line patterns work the same way as the Fill pattern dialog - you have to use the Alt key combination as you can't get the focus to move using the tab key (except at the end of the list)

N = New

E = Edit

D = Delete

R = Rename

Family Editor ‘Family Types’ dialog box.

Some keys are programmed (weirdly) but it is hard to get the focus onto the icons. It is best not to use this because it is too easy to put the focus back into the parameter values and you get into all kinds of trouble changing values and formulas. However, it should be ok to use this with the Alt Key combination.

G = Manage Lookup tables

C = Sort reverse alphabetically

D = New parameter

M = edit

N = New type

R = Rename type

S = Sort alphabetically

U = Up

W = Down

Global Parameter Dialog Box

Yes, the keys are programmed here too - but it is way too dangerous to use, so I won't even list them.  Just as an example, D = Delete (now that is scary because D means new parameter, or Add on other dialog boxes).  In addition to that, it is tricky to get the focus onto the command icons, and to keep it there, so the chances of wiping out a value or a formula are quite high.

[Thanks to 'infeeeee' for the comments that helped me to improve this blog post]


  1. These are the letters underlined in revit 2016, when there were text buttons instead of pictograms. I suspect you don't have to focus on them, just press Alt+the letter, I can't try it only 2016 is installed. This way they should work in the line and fill pattern boxes as well.

    1. I checked them in 2018, they didn't changed to pictogram.
      Pressing with the alt key works in the line and fill pattern dialog as well.

  2. Thanks infeeeee, I knew about the Alt keys on the ribbon but did not know they worked here too. As you can see, I have updated the post accordingly.