What is Alt keyboard shortcut for?

This shortcut is used by 155 programs in our database.

There isn't any generic description for this shortcut.

Popular programs using this shortcut

What this shortcut does in different programs?

  1. The Sims 4 - While holding an object, this allows you to position it anywhere as opposed to on the Grid
  2. The Sims 4 - While painting, holding Alt fills a straight wall with the selected wall pattern
  3. SketchUp - Sample paint
  4. Microsoft Excel 2019 - (to move to a different tab, use access keys or the arrow keys) Select the active tab of the ribbon, and activate the access keys.
  5. Microsoft Excel 2019 - Displays the Key Tips (new shortcuts) on the ribbon

All programs

All programs using this shortcut, by category.

General


Mozilla Thunderbird - Toggle menu bar (if hidden)

OBS Studio - Hold Alt and drag the bounding box (edges turn green to indicate they are cropped): Crop a source

Roll20 - (while resizing or moving) Ignore grid snapping

Roll20 - Holding down Alt while performing a multi-select (dragging a box around objects) will select ONLY objects classified as drawings

Vuze - Open menu

Text editing


KompoZer -

Microsoft FrontPage - Select the menu bar (menu bar: The horizontal bar below the title bar that contains the names of menus. A menu bar can be the built-in menu bar or a custom menu bar.), or close an open menu and submenu at the same time.

Microsoft FrontPage - (press underlined letter while holding Alt) Select an option; select or clear a check box.

Microsoft OneNote - Open the ribbon

Microsoft Word 2019 - Select the active tab of the ribbon and activate the access keys

Microsoft Word 2019 - while holding, type character code (on the numeric keypad): Insert the ANSI character for the specified ANSI (decimal) character code. For example, to insert the euro currency symbol, hold down Alt and press 0128 on the numeric keypad

Most used text editing - Activate program's menu bar. You can then use arrow keys to select a menu and press Enter or down arrow key to open the menu

Imaging


Adobe Illustrator - Switch to Smooth tool while using Blob Brush tool

Adobe Illustrator - Switch between Direct Selection tool and Group Selection tool

Adobe Illustrator - Switch Pen tool to Convert Anchor Point tool

Adobe Illustrator - Switch between Add Anchor Point tool and Delete Anchor Point tool

Adobe Illustrator - Switch Scissors tool to Add Anchor Point tool

Adobe Illustrator - Switch Pencil tool to Smooth tool

Adobe Illustrator - Switch between Area Type and Path Type, Vertical Area Type and Vertical Path Type tools

Adobe Photoshop CC - Change Cancel to Reset

Adobe Photoshop CC - Change Cancel button to Reset

Adobe Photoshop CC - (Click on a tool) Reverse direction for Bloat, Pucker, Push Left, and Mirror tools

Adobe Photoshop CC - (Drag in preview with Reconstruct tool, Displace, Amplitwist, or Affine mode selected) Continually sample the distortion

Adobe Photoshop CC - Change Cancel to Reset

Adobe Photoshop CC - Temporarily switch from Add to Erase mode for theAdjustment Brush tool, or from Erase to Add mode

Adobe Photoshop CC - Temporarily switch to Zoom Out tool and change the Open Image button to Open Copy and the Cancel button to Reset

Adobe Photoshop CC - Transform from center or reflect

Adobe Photoshop CC - Switch from Pen tool or Freeform Pen tool to Convert Point tool when pointer is over anchor or direction point

Adobe Photoshop CC - (Any painting tool or any shape tool) Select foreground color from image with Eyedropper tool (except when Paths option is selected)

Adobe Photoshop CC - (Click new button) Set options for new items (except for Actions, Animation, Styles, Brushes, Tool Presets, and Layer Comps panels)

Adobe Photoshop CC - (Click Delete button) Delete without confirmation (except for the Brush panel)

Adobe Photoshop CC - (Use Paste Frames command from the Panel pop‑up menu) Paste using previous settings without displaying the dialog box

Adobe Photoshop CC - (Click New Snapshot) Create a new snapshot

Adobe Photoshop CC - (Click Clear History in History panel pop‑up menu) Permanently clear history (no Undo)

Adobe Photoshop CC - (Use Merge Down command from the Panel pop‑up menu) Copy current layer to layer below

Adobe Photoshop CC - (Use Merge Visible command from the Panel pop‑up menu) Merge all visible layers to a new layer above the currently selected layer

Adobe Photoshop CC - (Click the eye icon) Show/hide all other currently visible layers

Adobe Photoshop CC - (Double-click layer effect/style) Hide layer effect/style

Adobe Photoshop CC - Change Cancel to Reset

Adobe Photoshop CC - (Click Edge Highlighter/Eraser tool) Toggle between Edge Highlighter tool and Eraser tool

Adobe XD (Windows) - Asymmetric Control Point

Adobe XD (Windows) - From Center

Adobe XD (Windows) - (with an object selected) Enable measurements

Affinity Photo - Remove from selection

Autodesk SketchBook (Mac) - Color picker

Autodesk SketchBook (Mac) - Press ‘Alt’ before selection, remove mode

Autodesk SketchBook (Windows) - Color picker

Autodesk SketchBook (Windows) - Press ‘Alt’ before selection, remove mode

Autodesk SketchBook (Windows) - / I Show Color Picker

Autodesk SketchBook (Windows) - Color Picker

Clip Studio Paint Pro - Scale up/down with reference to the center of rotation

Clip Studio Paint Pro - Eyedropper

Clip Studio Paint Pro - (Before operation) Delete from current selection

Clip Studio Paint Pro - (Before operation) Delete from current selection

Clip Studio Paint Pro - (Before operation) Delete from current selection

Clip Studio Paint Pro - (Before operation) Delete from current selection

Clip Studio Paint Pro - (Before operation) Delete from current selection

Clip Studio Paint Pro - (Before operation) Delete from current selection

Clip Studio Paint Pro - Eyedropper

Clip Studio Paint Pro - Eyedropper

Clip Studio Paint Pro - Eyedropper

Clip Studio Paint Pro - (Before operation) Specify reference point

Clip Studio Paint Pro - Eyedropper

Clip Studio Paint Pro - Eyedropper

Clip Studio Paint Pro - Eyedropper

Clip Studio Paint Pro - Eyedropper

Clip Studio Paint Pro - Eyedropper

Clip Studio Paint Pro - Eyedropper

Clip Studio Paint Pro - Eyedropper

Clip Studio Paint Pro - Eyedropper

Clip Studio Paint Pro - Eyedropper

Clip Studio Paint Pro - Eyedropper

Clip Studio Paint Pro - (During creation) Rectangle

Clip Studio Paint Pro - Rectangle

Clip Studio Paint Pro - Rectangle

Clip Studio Paint Pro - Rectangle

Clip Studio Paint Pro - Eyedropper

Clip Studio Paint Pro - Eyedropper

Clip Studio Paint Pro - (During creation) Eyedropper

Clip Studio Paint Pro - (During creation) Rectangle

Clip Studio Paint Pro - Eyedropper

Clip Studio Paint Pro - (During creation) Rectangle

Clip Studio Paint Pro - Eyedropper

Clip Studio Paint Pro - Delete control point

Clip Studio Paint Pro - (Before operation) Eyedropper

Clip Studio Paint Pro - (Before operation) Eyedropper

Clip Studio Paint Pro - (Before operation) Delete from current selection

Clip Studio Paint Pro - (During scale up/scale down/rotate) Scale up/down with reference to the cen­ter of rotation

Clip Studio Paint Pro - (During free transform) Scale up/down with reference to the cen­ter of rotation

Corel Painter - Dropper

Corel Painter - Set clone source

Corel Painter - Dropper

Corel Painter - Subtract from selection

LibreOffice Draw - Press the Alt key and drag with the mouse to draw or resize an object from the center of the object outward

Paint.NET - Show menu. Press underlined letter in menu to use menu hotkey

Pinnacle Studio 22 - Provides the alternate behavior when editing on the timeline (insert / overwrite)

Sketch - Show Only Selected Point

SketchUp - Sample paint

System tools


ZOC 7.23 - Y  View > Clear Screen

Developer tools


SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) - Move to the SQL Server Management Studio menu bar

Unreal Engine - (click transform) Duplicate & transform

Web applications


FastMail - Copy event

File manager


PeaZip - Highlight menu bar

Games


Battlezone 98 Redux - Issue smart reticle command to selected target

Blood - Strafe

DayZ - Free Look

Diablo II - Displays all items currently on the ground

Dota Auto Chess - View current level and experience information

Fallout 76 - (hold) Melee/Power Attack/Grenade

Heroes of the Storm - Hold while clicking ability to target yourself with a spell

Madden NFL 19 - Pitch ball

Madden NFL 19 - Fake snap

Madden NFL 19 - Defensive assist

Madden NFL 19 - Defensive assist

Minesweeper - View the menus

Mordhau - Flip attack side (hold)

Path of Exile - Briefly highlight items on the ground

StarCraft 2 - Show / hide health points bar

Team Fortress 2 - Strafe

The Sims 4 - While holding an object, this allows you to position it anywhere as opposed to on the Grid

The Sims 4 - While painting, holding Alt fills a straight wall with the selected wall pattern

Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege - Walk

Warcraft III - (when held during a command) Override formation movement during an action

Social & Messaging


NewsBin Pro - Activate menu bar

NewsBin Pro - + underlined letter: Display the corresponding menu

Security


Comodo IceDragon - Toggle Menu Bar (when hidden)

Productivity


Ableton Live 10 - The Selected Part of the Envelope

Ableton Live 10 - Create Curved Automation Segment

Ableton Live 10 - Bypass Snapping While Dragging

draw.io - (While connecting) Connect to a fixed point

Figma - (while pointing) Measure to selection

Figma - (while moving) Duplicate selection

Figma - (while resizing) Resize from center

FL Studio 20 - Bypass snap (very useful when combined with other modifiers)

FL Studio 20 - Bypass snap (very useful when combined with other modifiers)

For Honor - Next target

Lacerte - Activate the menu bar. You can press Alt + the highlighted letter in a menu or feature to access that menu or feature quickly

LibreOffice - Open menu by underlined character. After menu opens, the menu items will be also underlined. You can just press this character to activate the feature

LibreOffice - (while creating or scaling a graphic object) The position of the object's center is fixed

LibreOffice Calc - and the underlined character in the word "Row"  Copies or moves the current field into the "Row" area

LibreOffice Calc - and the underlined character in the word "Column" Copies or moves the current field into the "Column" area

LibreOffice Calc - and the underlined character in the word "Data" Copies or moves the current field into the "Data" area

LibreOffice Impress - (with Copy when moving option active) Hold down Alt to draw or resize objects by dragging from the center of the object outward

Microsoft Access 2019 - or F10  Select the active tab of the ribbon and activate KeyTips

Microsoft Access 2019 - Select the active tab of the ribbon and activate KeyTips

Microsoft Access 2019 - or F10  Show KeyTips

Microsoft Access 2019 - Close the visible menu and submenu at the same time

Microsoft Excel 2019 - (to move to a different tab, use access keys or the arrow keys) Select the active tab of the ribbon, and activate the access keys.

Microsoft Excel 2019 - Displays the Key Tips (new shortcuts) on the ribbon

Microsoft PowerPoint 2019 (Creating presentations) - Select the active tab of the ribbon and activate the access keys

QuickBooks Desktop - To suppress or not open the desktop windows (at Open Company window), press Alt while opening a company file.

WavePad - Show Full Menu

Xactimate - Hide Segmentation

Scientific


Alteryx - (then any letter) Activate menu and select menu item

Solidworks 2019 - Mates. Temporarily hides a face when you hover over a face and click Alt.


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