Ever watch a seasoned Creo user work? Their hands dance between keyboard and mouse, using combinations of clicks and quick shortcuts, to shave seconds off rote tasks. On big projects, that adds up to minutes or even hours.
Yet the use of keyboard shortcuts and customizations are still thought of as an arcane art. As if the innovation in GUI widgets requires our non-mouse hand to do nothing more than occasionally retrieve our coffee mug. (Coffee is important, of course, but so is that deadline!)
Not to worry. Creo 4.0 makes it easier than ever to incorporate some new tricks into your workflows. They only take a few minutes to learn and a bit of practice to perfect. And even more of them are included out of the box than in previous Creo versions.
Not long ago, we teamed up with Mike Smith, PTC Technical Support Engineer, to bring you a list of useful Creo 3.0 shortcuts. Now that more and more of you are using the new platform, we asked Mike to compile a list of his favorite Creo 4.0 shortcuts and suggestions for new and experienced users.
First, a few basics:
Of course, customized keyboard shortcuts aren’t a free-for-all. If you run into difficulties, reference this list to see if you accidentally broke a rule.
Another exciting new feature in Creo 4.0 is the intelligent mini toolbar. It makes context-sensitive commands available when and where you need them. Make it even more productive for your projects by customizing it. For example, if you frequently take measurements, you can add the Measurements command to the mini toolbar for easy selection contexts like geometry and datums.
Want to see more tips and tricks? You’ll find a more complete list of shortcuts and other out-of-the-box Creo 4.0 features in the Quick Reference Guide in the PTC Community. Then head over to the support site to read Customizing the User Interface and Customizing Keyboard Shortcuts.
Illustration from Quick Reference Guide
Spend a few minutes every day on these techniques, and you’ll be a Creo power user in no time!
You'll find Creo 4.0 packed with breakthrough capabilities—on top of hundreds of core enhancements. Download The Best of Creo 4 today to make sure you discover “best of the best,” then link to some quick “how-to” articles and videos, so you can make the most of Creo 4.0 and start designing smarter.