In SigmaNEST, you can use keyboard shortcuts, called "Quick Keys," to quickly access commonly used features.
A complete list of default quick keys is attached to this article (scroll to the bottom to see it), but you don't have to stick with the defaults. This article covers how to customize quick keys, information about reserved keys, and how to reset quick keys back to the default settings.
Where do I customize quick keys?
To open the Quick Key Customization window, click the Quick Keys button on the Quick Access Toolbar (it looks like a keyboard).
Selecting a keyboard profile
Before you start making changes to the quick keys, you need to choose a keyboard profile. But first, what is a keyboard profile?
A keyboard profile is a set of quick key assignments. The hierarchy of profiles is Current Profile > Local Path > Network Path.
So if you make changes to the Network profile, they will also be applied to both the Local and Current profiles. Similarly, if you make changes to the Local profile, they will also be applied to the Current profile.
(Making changes to the Current profile does not affect either the Local or Network profiles.)
This setup is especially useful if you have multiple systems or users, because you can make general customizations on the network or local level, then let each user make additional changes to their own configurations.
Note: You must have the correct user permissions to customize local and network profiles.
Assigning and unassigning quick keys
After you've chosen a keyboard profile, use the Category list to choose which set of quick keys to modify. Note that only commands that are relevant to the selected category are available for assignment.
For example, something like Auto NC won't be available in the Workspace/CAD/Tools Help category, but a generic function like Auto Scale will be available in all categories.
To assign a quick key, double-click the Quick Key field. Then, press the key(s) you want to use to access this function. Click OK to accept your changes, and you'll see the assignment appear in the Quick Key column.
To delete a quick key, double-click it (in the Quick Key field). Then, press the Delete key to change the assignment to None. Click OK to accept your changes, and you'll see the assignment disappear.
Quick key combinations
You can assign single letters as quick keys, but sometimes, you'll want to assign a more complicated quick key (like Ctrl+Shift+C).
To do this, edit the quick key as usual, and press all keys you want to assign at the same time. Most combinations of Ctrl, Shift, and Alt will work (with the exception of the Alt modifier alone).
Reserved quick keys
The following default SigmaNEST and Windows shortcuts can't be used when customizing quick keys.
- Ctrl+C, Ctrl+I, Ctrl+U, Ctrl+V, Ctrl+Y, Ctrl+Z
- F1, F5, F10, Shift+F10
- Alt+Tab, Alt+Space, Alt+Down, Alt+F4
- Windows Key
- Ctrl+F1 (Help)
- Ctrl+A (Auto Scale)
- Ctrl+D (Double Scale)
- Ctrl+H (Half Scale)
- Ctrl+N (New Workspace)
- Ctrl+O (Open Workspace)
- Ctrl+S (Save Workspace)
- Ctrl+W (Window Scale)
- Ctrl+Alt+B (Back-1)
- Alt+character/number (Alt is used for navigating the toolbar)
Assigning the same shortcut twice
You can't use the same shortcut twice within the same category. If you try to enter a combination that's currently in use, you'll be prompted to cancel the assignment or overwrite the existing assignment.
However, you can assign the same shortcut to an action in a different category. For example, Ctrl+M can be assigned to both the Active Color command in Work-space/CAD/Tools Help and the Active Turret command in Nesting/Nesting NC/Nesting Detail/Tools Help.
Resetting customized quick keys
When resetting a profile, the same hierarchy (Current Profile < Local Path < Network Path) described above is used to determine your new shortcuts.
For example, if you reset the Local Path, SigmaNEST checks for (and uses) customizations on the network level. If none are found, the factory defaults are used instead.
If instead, you reset the Current Profile, SigmaNEST checks for customizations on the local level, then the network level, and finally, resets to factory defaults (if no local or network customizations were found).
You can also reset all profiles to return everything back to the factory defaults.