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blender keyboard shortcuts

Blender Keyboard Shortcuts are the most essential ways to speed up your workflow. Blenders have shortcuts for basic navigation of the 3d viewport, object selection, and manipulation including scaling, rotating, and moving objects. Blender has different shortcuts for Modeling, texturing, animation, and Geometry Nodes. By practicing continuously you will be able to remember these shortcuts.
With more than 1 year of experience in blender 3d software, I have listed the most useful blender keyboard shortcuts to maximize your work efforts.

Blender Keyboard Shortcuts

Shortcut Function
G Grab (move) selected object
R Rotate selected object
S Scale selected object
E Extrude selected vertices, edges, or faces
Ctrl + R Add loop cut to selected object
Ctrl + B Bevel selected edges
Ctrl + Shift + Alt + C Set origin point of selected object
Tab Switch between Object and Edit mode
A Select or deselect all objects
Shift + D Duplicate selected object
Alt + D Create linked duplicate
Ctrl + J Join selected objects
Ctrl + Z Undo previous action
Ctrl + Shift + Z Redo previous action
Shift + A Add new object to scene
Shift + C Move 3D cursor to center of scene
Shift + S Open snap menu for precise positioning
Ctrl + M Mirror selected object or mesh
P Separate selected object or mesh
F Create face between selected vertices or edges
Alt + M Merge selected vertices
Ctrl + Shift + Alt + S Set smooth shading for selected object
N Open side panel for object properties and settings
T Open tool shelf for editing tools and options
Spacebar Open search menu for commands and tools
Shift + Spacebar Play or pause animation playback
Ctrl + Alt + U Open user preferences and settings

Blender Keyboard Shortcuts for Modeling

Shortcut/Technique Function
Tab Switch between Object and Edit mode
A Select or deselect all vertices, edges, or faces
B Box select vertices, edges, or faces
C Circle select vertices, edges, or faces
Ctrl + Tab Open mesh select mode menu for selecting edges or vertices
Ctrl + R Add loop cut to mesh
E Extrude selected vertices, edges, or faces
F Fill selected vertices or edges
G Grab (move) selected vertices, edges, or faces
K Add knife cut to mesh
Shift + A Add new object to scene
Shift + D Duplicate selected object
Alt + D Create linked duplicate
Ctrl + J Join selected objects
Ctrl + Shift + Alt + C Set origin point of mesh
Shift + Ctrl + Alt + C Set origin to geometry of mesh
Ctrl + L Select linked vertices, edges, or faces
Ctrl + N Recalculate normals of selected faces
Shift + Ctrl + N Flip normals of selected faces
Alt + Right-click Select edge loop or ring
Shift + Right-click Add or subtract from selection
X or Del Delete selected vertices, edges, or faces
Z Toggle between wireframe and solid view in viewport
Shift + Z Toggle between rendered and solid view in viewport
Alt + H Unhide all hidden vertices, edges, or faces
Ctrl + Z Undo previous action
Ctrl + Shift + Z Redo previous action
Spacebar Open search menu for commands and tools
Shift + Spacebar Open view navigation menu

 

Blender Keyboard Shortcuts for Texturing

Shortcut/Technique Function
U Unwrap selected mesh for UV mapping
Ctrl + E Mark seams for UV mapping
Ctrl + Tab Open mesh select mode menu for selecting edges or vertices
Alt + Right-click Select edge loop or ring
Shift + Right-click Add or subtract from selection
B Box select vertices
Ctrl + Shift + Alt + C Set origin point of mesh
Shift + Ctrl + Alt + C Set origin to geometry of mesh
Shift + S Open snap menu for precise positioning
G + Z or G + X or G + Y Move selected UVs along Z, X, or Y axis
R + Z or R + X or R + Y Rotate selected UVs along Z, X, or Y axis
S + Z or S + X or S + Y Scale selected UVs along Z, X, or Y axis
Alt + H Unhide all hidden UVs
Alt + B Clip view to selected UVs
Ctrl + L Select linked UVs
A Select or deselect all UVs
Shift + A Add new image texture to material
Shift + Ctrl + T Add texture coordinate node to material
Ctrl + T Add mapping node to material
Ctrl + Shift + T Add texture node to material
F3 Save image texture
Alt + Z Toggle textured or solid view in viewport
Tab Switch between Object and Edit mode

Blender Keyboard Shortcuts for Animation

Shortcut/Technique Function
I Insert keyframe
Shift + A Add new object to scene
Shift + D Duplicate selected object
Alt + D Create linked duplicate
Ctrl + J Join selected objects
Alt + G Clear location keyframe
Alt + R Clear rotation keyframe
Alt + S Clear scale keyframe
Alt + I Clear all keyframes
Ctrl + A Apply object transforms
Shift + Ctrl + C Add parent to object
Shift + Ctrl + Alt + C Clear parent from object
Ctrl + P Set parent to object
Ctrl + Alt + P Clear parent inverse from object
Shift + Ctrl + Alt + C Set origin point of selected object
Ctrl + Z Undo previous action
Ctrl + Shift + Z Redo previous action
Spacebar Open search menu for commands and tools
Shift + Spacebar Play or pause animation playback
Alt + A Start or stop animation playback from current frame
Shift + E Set animation end frame
Alt + F12 Render animation to file
Ctrl + Shift + Alt + S Open render settings
Shift + F12 Render current frame to file
G Grab (move) selected object or bone
R Rotate selected object or bone
S Scale selected object or bone
E Extrude selected bone
Alt + G Clear location keyframe for bone
Alt + R Clear rotation keyframe for bone
Alt + S Clear scale keyframe for bone
Alt + I Clear all keyframes for bone
Tab Switch between Object and Edit mode

Blender Keyboard Shortcuts for Geometry Nodes

Shortcut/Technique Function
Shift + A Add new node to the node editor
Tab Switch between node editor and 3D viewport
Ctrl + Shift + Left-click Add node viewer to view output of selected node
Ctrl + T Add image texture node
Ctrl + Shift + T Add procedural texture node
Ctrl + Shift + D Duplicate selected node
Ctrl + X Cut selected node
Ctrl + C Copy selected node
Ctrl + V Paste copied or cut node
Shift + D Copy selected node and link to new node
F Create frame around selected nodes
Ctrl + G Group selected nodes into new node group
Ctrl + Alt + G Ungroup selected node group
H Hide selected nodes
Shift + H Hide all unselected nodes
Alt + H Unhide all hidden nodes
G Move selected node
R Rotate selected node
S Scale selected node
A Select or deselect all nodes
X or Del Delete selected node