ETABS Shortcut keys !! Very Useful For ETABS

ETABS is engineering software used for structural analysis and design of buildings. In the engineering field mostly engineers prefer to work in ETABS because of its flexibility and user friendly. It is created by American based company CSI.

ETABS is very much useful for structural engineers as well as a civil engineer. For structural analysis, we use various standard codes as references that are pre-defined on ETABS. Manually it takes hours even a day or more than that to analyze and do complex calculations.

Why do you need to use ETABS?

  • It saves time as well as you need to put less effort into the structural analysis.
  • Easy and user friendly.
  • Easily you can check the stability of the structure.
  • It calculated the seismic and wind load properly.
  • You can easily find out the required amount of reinforcement.
  • You can see the 3D view of structure, plan, and elevation at the same time.

Now, lets come to the main topic of the article. While working with ETABS software if we prefer the use of shortcut keys instead of going to an individual menu for each time, it will dramatically save our time. ETABS have limited numbers of shortcut keys as compare to AutoCAD among them if we remember 20/30 shortcut keys that will be enough for design and analysis work for structures.

ETABS Shortcut Keys list :

1. File Menu

  • Ctrl+N –New Model
  • Ctrl+O – Open File
  • Ctrl+Shift+E – File Close
  • Ctrl+ S – Save File
  • Ctrl+P – Print Graphics
  • Ctrl+Shift+C – Comments and Log
  • Ctrl+Shift+F -Show Input/Output Text Files
  • Alt+F4 – Exit
  • Ctrl+Shift+5 – Capture Picture > Entire Screen
  • Ctrl+Shift+6 – Capture Picture > Current Window / Titlebar
  • Ctrl+Shift+9 – Capture Picture > Current Window as Enhanced Meta file

2. Edit Menu

  • Ctrl+Z – Undo
  • Ctrl+Y – Redo
  • Ctrl+X – Cut
  • Ctrl+C – Copy
  • Ctrl+V – Paste
  • Ctrl+R – Replicate
  • Ctrl+Shift+M – Align Joints/Frames/Edges
  • Ctrl+M – Move Joints/Frames/Shells
  • Delete – Delete

3. View Menu

  • Ctrl+Shift+F1 – Set Plan View
  • Ctrl+Shift+F2 – Set Elevation View
  • Ctrl+Shift+F3 – Set 3D View
  • Ctrl+D – Set Grid System Visibility
  • Ctrl+W – Set Display Options
  • F2 – Rubber Band Zoom
  • F3 – Restore Full View (Zoom All)
  • Shift+F2 – Zoom In One Step
  • Shift+F3 – Zoom Out One Step
  • F10 – Pan
  • Ctrl+Shift+A – Show All Objects
  • Ctrl+Shift+J – Show Selected Objects Only
  • Ctrl+Shift+W – Refresh Window
  • Ctrl+Shift+V – Refresh View

4. Select Menu

  • Ctrl+A – Select All
  • Ctrl+G – Select Groups
  • Ctrl+J – Get Previous Selection
  • Ctrl+K – Invert Selection
  • Ctrl+Q – Clear Selection
  • Ctrl+Shift+L – Intersecting Line
  • Ctrl+Shift+O – Poly
  • Ctrl+Shift+P – Intersecting Poly

5. Analyze Menu

  • F4 – Undeformed Shape
  • F5 – Run Analysis

6. Display Menu

  • F6 – Deformed Shape
  • F12 – Plot Functions
  • Ctrl+T – Show Tables
  • F7 – Force/Stress Diagrams > Support/Spring Reactions
  • F8 – Force/Stress Diagrams > Frame/Pier/Spandrel/Link Forces
  • F9 – Force/Stress Diagrams > Shell Stresses/Forces

7. Design Menu

  • Shift+F5 – Steel Frame Design > Start Design/Check
  • Ctrl+Shift+F5 – Steel Frame Design > Display Design Info
  • Shift+F6 – Concrete Frame Design > Start Design/Check
  • Ctrl+Shift+F6 – Concrete Frame Design > Display Design Info
  • Shift+F7 – Composite Beam Design > Start Design/Check
  • Ctrl+Shift+F7 – Composite Beam Design > Display Design Info
  • Shift+F8 – Composite Column Design > Start Design/Check
  • Ctrl+Shift+F8 – Composite Column Design > Display Design Info
  • Shift+F9 – Steel Connection Design > Start Design/Check
  • Ctrl+Shift+F9 – Steel Connection Design > Display Design Info
  • Shift+F10 – Shear Wall Design > Start Design/Check
  • Ctrl+Shift+F10 – Shear Wall Design > Display Design Info

8. Other shortcut keys

  • Ctrl+U – Display Unit
  • F1 – ETABS Help
  • Ctrl+L – Change Language to
Etab Shortcut Keys List
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