LightWave 3D keyboard shortcuts

Here is the complete LightWave 3D hotkey cheat-sheet, for those who want to design, edit and work faster.

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↑   Shift + N

New object

Ctrl + O

Load object

S

Save object

Ctrl + S

Save object as

↑   Shift + S

Save incremental

↑   Shift + Q

Quit

Ctrl + X

Cut

Ctrl + C

Copy

Ctrl + V

Paste

Del

Delete

Ctrl + Z

Undo

Z

Redo

Alt + F9

Edit keyboard shortcuts

Alt + F10

Edit menu layout

O

General options

D

Display options

F5

Surface editor

F6

Image editor

F7

Layers panel

F8

Vertex maps panel

F9

Presets panel

Alt + F1

Hide floating windows on / off

Alt + F2

Hide toolbar on / off

F1

Help

Ctrl + G

Points selection mode

Ctrl + H

Polygons selection mode

Ctrl + J

Inclusive volume select mode

↑   Shift + Y

Symmetry mode

N

Numeric panel

W

Statistics panel

I

Point / polygon info panel

Q

Change surface window

0

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↑   Shift + X

Box

↑   Shift + O

Ball

F10

Manage fonts

↑   Shift + W

Text

+

Points

`

Sketch curve

Ctrl + P

Make open curve

T

Move

Ctrl + T

Drag

↑   Shift + G

Snap drag

;

DragNet

:

MagNet

[

Shear

F2

Center

F3

Rest on ground

Y

Rotate

F4

Rotate on ground

R

Rotate selection 90º clockwise

~

Bend

↑   Shift + H

Size

B

Bevel

Ctrl + B

Edge bevel

↑   Shift + E

Extrude

E

Extender plus

↑   Shift + L

Lathe

↑   Shift + F

Smooth shift

Ctrl + R

Rail extrude

↑   Shift + P

Motion path extrude

↑   Shift + V

Mirror

Ctrl + Y

Array

C

Clone

↑   Shift + K

Knife

↑   Shift + D

Subdivide

↑   Shift + T

Triple

↑   Shift + U

Cut-saw

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K

Remove polygons (leave points)

↑   Shift + B

Boolean

↑   Shift + C

Solid drill

↑   Shift + R

Drill

↑   Shift + I

Connect

⭾ Tab

SubPatch activate / deactivate

M

Merge points

↑   Shift + Z

Merge polygons

Ctrl + U

Unweld polygons

Ctrl + W

Weld points

V

Set value

F

Flip

Ctrl + K

Spin quads

↑   Shift + I

Unify polygons

Ctrl + E

Measure

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Clear map from selections

↑   Shift + F9

Guess UV viewport

F11

Add plugins

Alt + F11

Edit plugins

Alt + Mouse left click + Mouse movement

Pan

Ctrl + Alt + Mouse left click + Mouse movement

Magnify

Ctrl + Q

Zoom

A

Fit all

↑   Shift + A

Fit selected

G

Center view around cursor

.

Zoom in

>

Zoom in x2

,

Zoom out

<

Zoom out x2

Insert

Insert layer

Home

Delete layer

End

Object collapser

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Swap layers

Page Up

Next layer bank

Page Down

Previous layer bank

]

Select connected

?

Invert connected

}

Expand selection

{

Contract selection

"

Invert selection

/

Drop selection

-

Hide selected

=

Hide unselected

|

Invert hidden

\

Unhide all

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↑   Shift + N

Clear scene

Ctrl + O

Load scene

+

Load object numeric

S

Save scene

Ctrl + S

Save scene as

↑   Shift + S

Save scene increment

⭾ Tab

Show / hide floating windows

Alt + F2

Show / hide toolbar

Alt + F3

Show / hide SubPatch cages

Alt + F4

Show / hide motion paths

Alt + F5

Show / hide handles

Alt + F6

Show / hide IK chains

F2

Motion mixer

F8

Presets

Ctrl + F5

Backdrop options

Ctrl + F6

Volumetrics and fog options

Ctrl + F7

Compositing options

Ctrl + F8

Image processing

M

Motion options

Ctrl + F1

Scene editor

Ctrl + F2

Graph editor

F5

Surface editor

F6

Image editor

D

Display options

O

General options

↑   Shift + O

Select objects

↑   Shift + B

Select bones

↑   Shift + L

Select lights

↑   Shift + C

Select cameras

P

Selected item properties

↑   Shift + F1

Auto key create

⤶ Enter

Create key

Del

Delete key

Ctrl + Z

Undo

Z

Redo

W

Statistics

F1

Help

Alt + F12

Set content directory

Q

Quit

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Ctrl + O

Load scene

+

Load object numeric

Ctrl + N

Add null

Ctrl + C

Clone selected item

↑   Shift + V

Mirror

-

Clear selected item from scene

T

Move

Y

Rotate

↑   Shift + H

Size

H

Stretch

Ctrl + Y

Path tool

N

Jump to numeric input field

↑   Shift + F5

Coordinate system: World

↑   Shift + F6

Coordinate system: Parent

↑   Shift + F7

Coordinate system: Local

Ctrl + B

IK boost tool

Ctrl + X

IKB calculate

Ctrl + G

Move TCB

Ctrl + D

Sliders

Ctrl + E

Edit tool

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↑   Shift + E

Enter bone edit mode

↑   Shift + D

Exit bone edit mode

↑   Shift + F8

Enable IK

=

Add child bone

Ctrl + J

Joint move

Ctrl + T

Tip move

Ctrl + K

Bone twist

↑   Shift + P

Record pivot rotation

R

Record bone rest rotation

Ctrl + U

UnParent bone

Ctrl + W

Mirror hierarchy

↑   Shift + I

Import rig

↑   Shift + J

Export rig

M

Motion options

{

Record minimum joint angles

}

Record maximum joint angles

Ctrl + R

Selected bone active / inactive

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Alt + F11

Edit plugins

Ctrl + Q

Master plugins

F9

Render frame

F10

Render scene

F11

Render selected object

↑   Shift + F9

Render motion builder preview

.

Zoom in

>

Zoom in x2

,

Zoom out

<

Zoom out x2

1

View mode: Back

2

View mode: Top

3

View mode: Right

4

View mode: Perspective

5

View mode: Light

6

View mode: Camera

7

View mode: Schematic

F3

Previous view layout

F4

Next view layout

]

Increase grid

[

Decrease grid

Ctrl + A

Select all object

Select item by name

Select next item

Select previous item

↑   Shift +

Select first item

↑   Shift +

Select last item

Ctrl +

Select next sibling

Ctrl +

Select previous sibling

Alt + F7

Show / hide safe areas

Alt + F8

Show / hide field chart

Num 0

Toggle fullscreen viewport

Material - Refraction index
  Acetone    1.36
  Air     1.00029
  Alcohol    1.329
  Amorphous Selenium   2.92
  Calspar1    1.66
  Calspar2    1.486
  Carbon Disulfide   1.63
  Chromium Oxide   2.705
  Copper Oxide    2.705
  Crown Glass    1.52
  Crystal     2.00
  Diamond    2.417
  Emerald    1.57
  Ethyl Alcohol    1.36
  Flourite    1.434
  Fused Quartz    1.46
  Glass     1.5
  Heaviest Flint Glass   1.89
  Heavy Flint Glass   1.65
  Ice     1.309
  Iodine Crystal    3.34
  Lapis Lazuli    1.61
  Light Flint Glass    1.575
  Liquid Carbon Dioxide   1.20
  Polystyrene    1.55
  Quartz 1    1.644
  Quartz 2    1.553
  Ruby     1.77
  Sapphire    1.77
  Sodium Chloride (Salt)   1 1.544
  Sodium Chloride (Salt) 2   1.644
  Sugar Solution (30%)   1.38
  Sugar Solution (80%)   1.49
  Topaz     1.61
  Vacuum    1.00000
  Water (20° C)    1.333
  Zinc Crown Glass   1.517

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