Hot keys vs. Keyboard Shortcuts

This article applies to:

  • Revu 20
  • Revu 2019
  • Revu 2018

The difference between hot keys and keyboard shortcuts

Bluebeam Revu allows you to store your frequently used or custom markups in the Tool Chest, which is organized by different tool sets. Under My Tools, you can assign a numeric hot key to your stored markups. The numeric value of a hot key is determined by the order in which you store the markups. To access a markup quickly, enter the numerical value of its hot key on your keyboard.

While higher values for hot keys are possible, we recommend less than 99 if possible.
The hot keys are visible in the upper-right corner of the markup’s icon.

Revu also includes default keyboard shortcuts, which you can use to quickly access different tools and commands. Unlike hot keys, you can customize keyboard shortcuts.

When customizing keyboard shortcuts, keep in mind that the number row on your keyboard is reserved for hot keys and can’t be reassigned.

Why use hot keys?

Both hot keys and keyboard shortcuts allow you to quickly access markups. However, keyboard shortcuts only allow you to use a markup’s default properties. If you’ve customized a markup’s properties, such as the line color and weight, and you’d like to reuse the markup later, you may want to save the markup to My Tools.

There are three ways to save a custom markup:

  • Drag the tool from Recent Tools to My Tools.
  • Right-click the tool in Recent Tools and select Add Properties to My Tools.
  • Right-click the markup and go to Add to Tool Chest > My Tools.


Revu 20

Revu 2019

Revu 2018


With Revu, you can easily access your most-used or custom markups with hot keys. Get started with these steps.

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