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FreeCAD: Mouse operation setting

Update: April 12, 2021
FreeCAD 0.19
  1. Select [Edit]-[Preferences...] from the menu.
  2. In [Display] of Preferences dialog, select [Navigation] tab and select a mouse operation mode from [3D Navigation] combo box.
  3. Click Apply and apply your settings.
Preferences_mouse Preferences dialog - Mouse operation mode

You can also set the mouse mode from the status bar as shown below. If the status bar is not displayed, you can display it by selecting [View]-[Status bar] from the menu.

Preferences_3DNavigation_statusbar
Sets mouse mode from status bar

You can select one of following mouse modes.

  1. OpenInventor mode

    Mouse operation mode that is compliant with Open Inventor. Open Inventor is a 3D-Graphic Toolkit.

    SelectPanZoomRotate View
    CTRL + Mouse left button Mouse middle button Mouse wheel Mouse left button
  2. CAD mode(default)

    Mouse operation mode that is default mode of FreeCAD.

    SelectPanZoomRotate View
    Mouse left button Mouse middle button Mouse wheel Mouse middle button and Mouse right button or Mouse left button and Mouse middle button

    If you use 2-buttons mouse, you can use a operations mode for 2-buttons mouse.

    PanZoomRotate View
    CTRL + Mouse right buttonclick
    1. CTRL + Mouse right buttonclick
    2. CTRL + Mouse left buttonclick
    1. CTRL + Mouse right buttonclick
    2. CTRL + Mouse left button
  3. Revit mode

    Mouse operation mode that is compliant with Autodesk® Revit®. Autodesk® Revit® is a 3D-CAD for building/architecture.

    SelectPanZoomRotate View
    Mouse left button Mouse middle button Mouse wheel SHIFT + Mouse middle button
  4. Blender mode

    Mouse operation mode that is compliant with Blender. Blender is the open source 3D-CG software.

    SelectPanZoomRotate View
    Mouse left button SHIFT + Mouse middle button Mouse wheel Mouse middle button
  5. Maya gesture mode

    Mouse operation mode that is compliant with Autodesk® Maya®. Autodesk® Maya® is a 3D-CG software.

    SelectPanZoomRotate View
    Tap or Mouse left button Drag with 2 fingers or
    ALT + Mouse middle button
    Pinch (drag 2 fingers to close/apart each other) or Mouse wheelor
    ALT + Mouse right button
    or PageDown/PageUp
    Drag with a finger or
    ALT + Mouse left button
  6. Touchpad mode

    Mouse operation mode for the environment that have no 3-button mouse. For example, notebook/laptop etc...

    SelectPanZoomRotate View
    mouse_select_touchpad SHIFT + mouse_pan_touchpad
    SHIFT + CTRL + mouse_zoom_touchpad
    ALT + mouse_rotate_touchpad
  7. Gesture mode

    Mouse operation mode for the touch-screen like tablet etc...

    SelectPanZoomRotate View
    Tap or Mouse left button Drag with 2 fingers or Mouse right button Pinch (drag 2 fingers to close/apart each other) or Mouse wheel or PageDown/PageUp Drag with a finger or Mouse left button
  8. Open Cascade mode

    Mouse operation mode that is compliant with Open Cascade. Open Cascade is a CAD kernel that is used in FreeCAD.

    SelectPanZoomRotate View
    Mouse left button CTRL + Mouse middle button CTRL + Mouse left button CTRL + Mouse right button

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