How to access and use keyboard shortcuts in Revu

Applies to:

  • Revu 21
  • Revu 20
  • Revu 2019
  • Revu 2018

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Revu has a number of keyboard commands that can help you work more efficiently. Keyboard shortcuts are displayed on the right side of the menus, next to each command, and on the tool tip – the small popup that displays when the cursor hovers over a button in the toolbar. The full list of keyboard shortcuts is available by clicking Help > Keyboard Shortcuts Guide in Revu. The shortcuts in these tutorials are grouped together in similar types or tasks.

You can also edit and define your own keyboard shortcuts by going to Revu > Keyboard Shortcuts.

General navigation

The mouse wheel is useful for quickly navigating around document pages:

  • Rotate the mouse wheel to scroll or zoom (depending on the pointer selected in the Navigation Bar).
  • Hold the Ctrl key to toggle the mouse wheel between scroll and zoom.
  • Press and hold the mouse wheel to pan.
  • Double-click the mouse wheel to change the display to Fit Width (Ctrl+0) or Fit Page (Ctrl+9).
  • Another way of panning, without grabbing markups, is to hold down the Spacebar and then click and drag the page.
Click here to find out how to personalize the mouse wheel behavior.

Previous View and Next View buttons

Revu keeps track of each time you change your current view. The Previous (Alt+Left key) and Next view (Alt+Right key) and cycle through the view history – just like the Back and Forward buttons in your web browser.

These round Previous View and Next View buttons are in the Navigation Bar, just under the Main Workspace :

Drag to copy markups

  • Hold Ctrl and drag a markup to create and move a copy of the markup.
  • Hold Ctrl+Shift and drag a markup to copy it and move the copy in a straight line.

Rotating markups

You can rotate markups by dragging the top, blue control point. Markups will snap to 15-degree increments when rotated this way. For finer adjustments, hold Shift to rotate in 1-degree increments.

Drawing accurate shapes

  • Hold Shift while using line tools to constrain them to straight horizontal, vertical or 45-degree lines.
  • Hold Shift while using the Rectangle or Ellipse tool to create a square or a circle.
  • Hold Shift while using the Pen or Highlight tools to draw straight lines horizontally or vertically.

Temporarily disable Snap to Content and Markup

  • Hold Ctrl while dragging to temporarily disable markup snapping. Snapping is re-enabled when the key is released.

Hiding panels

If open panels are crowding your workspace, you can hide them all at once rather than closing each panel one by one by pressing Shift+F4.

Alternatively, you can go to Window > Hide Panels.

Switching tabs

Hold Ctrl, then press Tab to switch to the next tab to the right. Ctrl+Shift+Tab changes your active tab one to the left.

Closing tabs

Press Ctrl+W to close the current tab.


Revu 2019

Interface & Navigation

Getting Started

Revu 20

Revu 21

Other versions of this article

Revu 2017 and older

To help you speed up your workflows, we’ll focus on keyboard shortcuts related to navigating the Revu interface. If you’d like to see more, we have also covered Modifier Keys, Alignment Tools, and Selecting Markups.

But why use keyboard shortcuts? The simple answer is speed and convenience. Keyboard shortcuts allow you to instantly call up the functions you need, without using menus or moving your mouse. This makes them particularly useful for keyboard-intensive work, or any workflow involving many different functions.

You don’t need to memorize every shortcut you come across. But if you have a few important ones under your belt, you’ll find that your work will go a lot more smoothly.

The Command Bar

The Command bar is an easy way to find the tools you need—and you can use keyboard shortcuts to get to them faster. They are also fairly easy to remember, because Revu underlines the appropriate keys after you press Alt.

Once you have selected a group, take a look at the options below it. You can activate these options by pressing their underlined letter key, as you did before. For example, if you want to jump to the Profiles dialog box, press Alt > V > F.

You can continue to navigate with keys even when you are in a dropdown menu or dialog box. Dropdown menus like the Toolbars menu may be navigated with the Arrow keys. Tab, Shift+Tab, and Enter will cycle through and confirm options in a dialog box.



You have probably noticed all of the tabs available within Revu’s three main panels, but have you ever tried using shortcuts to access them?

The tabs are arranged below according to their default placement, but they can be freely moved into either a separate section within a panel, or to a panel on any side of the Revu interface.
Left Panel Bottom Panel Right Panel
File Access: Alt+A Markups List: Alt+L Properties: Alt+P
Bookmarks: Alt+B 3D Model Tree: Alt+3 Search: Alt+1 / Ctrl+F
Thumbnails: Alt+T JavaScript Console: Alt+J Measurements: Alt+U
Tool Chest: Alt+X   Studio: Alt+C
Sets: Alt+2   Links: Alt+N
Layers: Alt+Y    
Forms: Alt+Q    
Signatures: Alt+4    
Spaces: Alt+S    

If you ever forget these shortcuts, you can always refer to the Tab Access menu. This is also a useful way to reveal panels you decided to hide (right-click > Hide a panel icon).

Closing Panels

Most Revu users are familiar with this issue: you clicked on each of Revu’s panel tabs to use certain functions, but never got around to closing them. Now, you’re ready to edit or read the document, but you can barely see the page. Rather than close each panel one by one, simply press Shift+F4 to hide all open panels.

Revu remembers which panels were closed when you last used the shortcut. For example, if your left and right panels closed when you pressed Shift+F4, then those two panels will open when you press Shift+F4 again. (The bottom panel will be left alone.)


Document Tab Shortcuts

Switching Tabs

Hold Ctrl, then press Tab to shift focus to the right of your current tab. You can also hold Ctrl, then repeatedly press Tab to cycle through every tab open in Revu. Ctrl+Shift+Tab works the same way, but in the opposite direction. (These are actually standard shortcuts available in every web browser.)

Closing Tabs

To close the current tab, use Ctrl+W.

Or, if you need to work on a different project, use Ctrl+Shift+W to close all of your open document tabs.

This will not work when you are in a PDF Package tab.



If you are doing precise measurements on your document, you can press Ctrl+R to display (or hide) rulers on the sides of the document workspace.

If you are interested in learning more about the Revu interface, be sure to read our feature on Customizing Revu’s Interface.



Revu 2017 & Below

Interface & Navigation

Getting Started

Revu has a number of keyboard commands that can help you work more efficiently.

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