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Thread: 3ds Max Shortcut Keys

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Manchester, Uk

    Arrow 3ds Max Shortcut Keys

    Heres a list of shortcut keys that i typed up and has taken around 30 minutes to do...bleh. But i felt it was needed just incase max users wanted a reference for these.

    General User Interface

    New scene: CTRL+N
    Help: F1
    Shade Selected Faces (Toggle on/off): F2
    Wireframe/Smooth & Highlights (toggle view): F3
    View Edged Faces(toggle on/off): F4
    Selection Lock(toggle on/off): Space
    Select(and cycle through Selection Region types): Q
    Add to Selection: CTRL+LMB
    Remove from Selection: ALT+LMB
    Move: W
    Rotate: E
    Scale(and cycle through scale types): R or CTRL+E
    Top View: T
    Bottom View: B
    Left View: L
    Front View: F
    Isometric User View: U
    Perspective User View: P
    Camera View: C
    Spot/Directional Light View: Shift+4
    color=orange]Hide Grids(toggle on/off): G
    Snaps(toggle on/off): S
    Angle Snap(toggle on/off): A
    Percent Snap(toggle on/off): CTRL+SHIFT+P
    Create Camera From (Perspective) View: CTRL+C
    Restrict Movement Along Specific Axis: F5-F7
    Restrict Plane Cycle: F8
    Render Last: F9
    Quick Render: SHIFT+Q
    Render Scene Dialogue(toggle on/off): F10
    Render To Texture Dialogue(toggle on/off): 0(Zero)
    Material Editor(toggle on/off): M
    Particle View(toggle on/off): 6
    Environmental and Effects Dialogue(toggle on/off): 8
    Open Advanced Lighting Panel: 9
    Open MAXScript Listener: F11
    Open Last Used Explorer: ALT+CTRL+Q
    Isolate Selection: ALT+Q
    Maximise Viewport(toggle on/off): ALT+W
    Place Highlight: CTRL+H
    Select By Name/Select From Scene: H
    Select All: CTRL+A
    Select None: CTRL+D
    Select Invert: CTRL+I
    Select Ancestor: Page Up
    Select Child: Page Down
    Clone: CTRL+V
    Adaptive Degradation(toggle on/off): O(Letter)
    Expert Mode(toggle on/off): CTRL+X
    Zoom Mode: ALT+Z
    Zoom Extents(single Viewport): CTRL+ALT+Z
    Zoom Extents(all Viewports): CTRL+SHIFT+Z
    Zoom Selected(all Viewports): Z
    Pan: Middle Mouse Button
    Pan Viewport: I
    Zoom: Dial MMB(scrolling mouse) or CTRL+ALT+MMB
    Zoom Viewport In: [
    Zoom Viewport Out: ]
    Arc Rotate View Mode: ALT+MMB or CTRL+R
    Undo Scene Operation: CTRL+Z
    Redo Scene Operation: CTL+Y
    Show Safeframes(toggle on/off): SHIFT+F
    Show Statistics(toggle on/off): 7
    Auto Key Mode(toggle on/off): N
    Hide Cameras(toggle on/off): SHIFT+C
    Hide Geometry(toggle on/off): SHIFT+G
    Hide Helpers(toggle on/off): SHIFT+H
    Hide Lights(toggle on/off): SHIFT+L
    Hide Particle Systems(toggle on/off): SHIFT+P
    Hide Shapes(toggle on/off): SHIFT+S
    Hide Space Warps(toggle on/off): SHIFT+W
    Hold: ALT+CTRL+H
    Display As See-Through(toggle on/off): ALT+X
    Play Animation: /
    Sub-Object Level 1-5: 1/2/3/4/5
    Sub-Object Level Cycle: Insert
    Show Main Toolbar(toggle on/off): ALT+6

    Editable Poly

    Vertex Level: 1
    Edge Level: 2
    Boarder Level: 3
    Poly Level: 4
    Element Level: 5
    Cycle Levels: Insert
    Extrude Mode: Shift+E
    Bevel Mode: CTRL+SHIFT+B
    Chamfer Mode: CTRL+SHIFT+C
    Connect: CTRL+SHIFT+E
    Edge Constraint(toggle on/off): SHIFT+X
    Target Weld: CTRL+SHIFT+W
    Cut: ALT+C
    Quickslice: CTRL+SHIFT+Q
    Grow Selection: CTRL+Page Up
    Shrink Selection: CTRL+Page Down
    Hide: CTRL+H
    Hide Unselected: CTRL+I
    Unhide All: ALT+U

    Particle Flow

    Copy Selected In Particle View: CTRL+C
    Paste Selected In Particle View: CTRL+V
    Particle Emission(toggle on/off): ;
    Selected Particle Emission(toggle on/off): SHIFT+;

    Quad Menus

    Animation: ALT+RMB
    Lighting/Render: CTRL+ALT+RMB
    Modelling: CTL+RMB
    Reactor: ALT+SHIFT+RMB
    Snap: SHIFT+RMB
    Viewports: V
    (Customisable Keys): CTRL+ALT+SHIFT+RMB or CTRL+SHIFT+RMB

    Material Editor

    Background: B
    Backlight: L
    Cycle 3x2,5x3,6x4 Sample Slots: X
    Get Material: G
    Go Backward to Sibling: Left Arrow
    Go Forward to Sibling: Right Arrow
    Go tp Parent: Up Arrow
    Make Preview: P
    Options: O(letter)

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    UK - North West


    ah i have card you can print out which aint been transfered over to this forum yet

    Joined Train2game on 15th December 2009 and started the Art and Animation course on the 15th April 2010.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Manchester, Uk


    Quote Originally Posted by Rico3k View Post
    ah i have card you can print out which aint been transfered over to this forum yet

    Lol thats the same one I got from an Autodesk event in Manchester about a year ago or so!!

  4. #4


    I used to work on 3Ds Max back in 2004 when i was doing a wannabe 3D animation course in Greece. I havent looked into it since though and I was looking to get back into it to maintain a bit of connection with my Artworking roots.

    Cheers for the shortcut table its gonna help me loads

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    thanks very much my friend i'm sure i will find these useful
    however i just started using 3ds max this week and when i first used it the rotation tool had handles to rotate the object on stage then all of a sudden the handles disappeared have a turned this off by mistake can you help
    any help would be appreciated thanks chris

  6. #6


    and X in the viewport to toggle the transform gizmo, should help you out there scotiadesigner

  7. #7
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Birkenhead (but i am not scouse)


    I change all mine to personal ones and to to only use certain ones, but nice one dude

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Northampton, England

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    Are these bindings still up to date? If so I'll stick it.
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  10. #10


    Thanks for those! Although I'm not sure I will be able to remember them all..

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