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Using Keyboard Shortcuts in the Designer

You can interact with screens and more by using some of the popular keyboard shortcuts in the Designer.


Moves selected component(s) in the direction of the arrow key by the default nudge distance.

←, ↑, →, ↓

Same as Nudge, but uses the “alt-nudge” distance.

Atl + ←, Alt + ↑, Alt + →, Alt + ↓

Resize Right
Moves the right edge of the component left or right. Add Alt to use the alt-nudge distance.

Shift + ←, Shift + →

Resize Bottom
Moves the bottom edge of the component to top or bottom.

Shift + ↑, Shift + ↓

Resize Left
Moves the left edge of the component left or right.

Ctrl + Shift + ←, Ctrl + Shift + →

Resize Top
Moves the top edge of the component to top or bottom.

Ctrl + Shift + ↑, Ctrll + Shift + ↓

Move Forward
Moves the selected components(s) forward in the Z-order


Move Backward

Moves the selected component(s) backwards in the Z-order


Move to Front
Moves the selected component(s) to the front of the Z-order


Move to Back

Moves the selected component(s) to the back of the Z-order


Copies the component when holding Ctrl while doing a mousemove.

Ctrl + drag a component

Restricts to only moving straight up, down, left, or right when holding Shift while doing a mousemove.

Shift + drag a component

Drags the components that are currently selected without having to press the mouse button down on the component first.

Hold Alt + drag a component

Combines copy move with axis move.

Hold Ctrl + Alt + drag a component.

Proportional Resize
Resizes a component while maintaining its aspect ratio.

Hold Ctrl + resize a component

On-Center Resize
Resizes the selection using the center as the anchor point.

Hold Shift+ resize a component

Select All (Vision only)
Selects all components that are siblings of the selected component.

Ctrl + A

Select Same Type (Vision only)
Selects all components that are siblings of the selected component and the same component type.

Ctrl + Shift + A

Select Same Type in Window (Vision only)
Selects all components in a window that are the same type as the selected component.

Ctrl + Alt + Shift + A

Layout (Vision only)
Opens the Layout Constraints window to let you specify layout for the component(s).

Ctrl + L

Size & Position (Vision only)
Opens Size & Position to let you specify exact size and position for selected component or window.

Ctrl + P

Customizer (Vision only)
Opens the Custom Properties window to let you configure complex component properties.

Ctrl + U

Customizer 2 (Vision only)
Some components have a secondary customizer. This command will open that customizer, if available.

Ctrl + 2

Opens Event Configuration page (Perspective) or the Component Scripting page (Vision) to let you configure actions for component or window.

Ctrl + J

Script Configuration
Opens the Script Configuration for the View or Component selected. (Perspective Only)

Ctrl + K

Security (Vision only)
Opens Security Settings to let you set security for Component(s) or window.

Ctrl + E

Saves the project.

Ctrl + S

Opens the Open/Create Project to let you select a different project.

Ctrl + O

Undoes the last action.

Ctrl + Z

Gets rid of the last undo action.

Ctrl +Y

Copies selected component(s) or window.

Ctrl + C

Duplicates selected component(s) or window.

Ctrl + D

Cuts selected component(s) or window.

Ctrl + X

Pastes selected component(s) or window in clipboard. Pasted component(s) wait for position before pasting.

Ctrl + V

Immediately Paste (Vision only)
Places pasted component(s) at the same location where they were copied/cut.

Ctrl + I

Comment/Uncomment Lines of Code
Quickly comment or uncomment lines of a script or query in Designer.

Ctrl + /

Cancels a pending paste operation, deselects the current row of a table, cancels dragging components onto window.


Opens Find/Replace to let you Search and replace the project based on string, pattern, or regex.

Ctrl + F

Deletes the current selection.


Snap to Grid (Vision only)
Toggles whether or not moving and resizing components snaps to the grid.

Ctrl + G

Snap to Guides (Vision only)
Toggles whether or not moving and resizing components snaps to guides.

Ctrl + Shift + G

Opens the Output Console.

Ctrl + Shift + C

Launches the Ignition User Manual in a web browser.


Renames the selected item (Tag, window, transaction group, component, and so on).


Preview Mode
Toggles preview/design mode.


Launch Client/Session (Perspective and Vision only)
When in the Vision workspace, launches a Vision Client in windowed mode.

While in the Perspective workspace, launches a Perspective Session in windowed mode.


Launch Full Screen Client (Perspective and Vision only)
While in the Vision workspace, launches a Vision Client in full screen mode.

While in the Perspective workspace, launchers a Perspective Session in full screen mode.


Update Project
Updates project to server. Receives concurrent edits from other Designers.

Ctrl + Shift + U

Zooms in/out in the Designer.

Ctrl + Mousewheel

Touch Selection (Vision only)
Draws a line while dragging. Every component in the path of the line will be selected when letting go of the mouse button.
To activate, a container must first be selected

Alt + Left Click and Drag

Select Through (Vision only)
Click on a component that is beneath another component. You can do this multiple times if there are several layers of components.

Alt + Click

Code Folding/Unfolding
Select a line of code, and this command will collapse the selection. Press again while the folded code is selected, and the code will unfold. The Script Console has a separate command for code folding.

Ctrl + .

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