Today’s Tool is really more of an “Approach” than it is a Tool. :)
If you are an avid typist when it comes to executing commands within Civil 3D (or any AutoCAD based application) having keyboard shortcuts can really boost productivity. In other words, it is much faster to type HTB than it is to type HatchToBack.
Typically, these shortcuts are defined by our system administrator/CAD manager when our software is installed. Unfortunately, not everyone has access or rights to alter these settings. (Probably a good thing in the long run as it helps reduce anarchy :) )
Knowing this, does that mean we can’t easily create shortcuts of our own? Absolutely not! Not only can we create keyboard shortcuts, we can also make them portable for those days when we might have to work on someone else’s workstation.
We do this by leveraging some very simple AutoLISP programming. I know what you are thinking…. I’m not a programmer so this isn’t for me. You could not be more wrong. In short, if you type any commands at the command line, you are already more than 90% of the way there!
In today’s video, I will walk through the remaining 10%. Essentially, how to build a single line of LISP code for each shortcut you need. Within 20 min. you will be able to quickly create keyboard shortcuts that are capable of accomplishing some pretty remarkable things.
The keyboard shortcut customization I use most often is "ON". Using this 2 character shortcut, Civil 3D will thaw every layer, turn on every layer and unisolate any geometry that has been hidden.
Check out the video below to see how to create some of your own.