That’s right! If you have a keyboard that has number keys on the side, it is important to note that they are a bit different than the numbers at the top of your keyboard. To be exact, they are different when it comes to the SOLIDWORKS keyboard shortcuts.
A SOLIDWORKS keyboard shortcut assigned with something like “Alt + 1” will not work if you use the number 1 key on the Numeric Keypad.
Why are they different?
The number keys are different because they are captured as a different keystroke within the shortcuts (see below).
We can see that the number 1 key from the Numeric Keypad is captured as “Num 1” while the top of the keyboard number one is captured as “1”. So now we might be asking ourselves a very important question…
Is this Good or Bad?
It’s definitely a good thing! Since the numbers are captured as different keys with the shortcuts, it means we can have that many more shortcuts we can assign!
More Keys = More Shortcuts!
What if we want a shortcut to work with the number key regardless of where pressed?
Although we can set a vast amount of shortcuts, I like to keep my number shortcuts the same regardless of where I click the number key. To achieve this we are simply going to add both variations of the shortcut for a command. One using number key at the top of your keyboard and one using the numeric keypad.
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