Short-cut Keys

The most frequently used functions can be accessed with short-cut keys. Below list contains all short-cuts available in Studio.

CTRL
When depressed, forces new lines and curves to precise horizontal, vertical or diagonal direction in edit/create mode. If used with Shapes, creates precise circle instead of ellipse and square instead of rectangle.

CTRL key has other meaning in lettering mode.

CTRL+1
Zoom to selected object(s)
CTRL+2
Zoom to selected object(s) and switch to the nodes editing mode.
CTRL+A
Select all objects (in transformations mode)
CTRL+Shift+A
Deselect (in transformations mode)
CTRL+B
Create backward path to selected outline objects.
CTRL+C
Copy selected objects into clipboard
CTRL+D
Duplicates selected objects
CTRL+E
Edit. Switch selected object(s) to the nodes editing mode.
CTRL+F
Compile design and send it to the Embird Editor for further processing.
CTRL+G
Generate stitches for selected objects.
CTRL+I
Import image
CTRL+M
Merge File
CTRL+N
New file
CTRL+P
Display parameters window
CTRL+S
Save design
CTRL+U
Text (Embird Alphabets)
CTRL+V
Paste objects from clipboard
CTRL+Y
Redo
CTRL+Z
Undo
CTRL+INSERT
Create connection to previous object
CTRL+F1
Align beginning of object to end of previous object (in editing mode)
CTRL+F2
Align end of object to beginning of next object (in editing mode)
CTRL+F3
Align beginning of outline object to beginning of previous outline object (in editing mode)
CTRL+ALT+B
Background Filters (Image colors)
CTRL+ALT+C
"Bring to Center". Moves selected objects to center of the Work Area.
CTRL+ALT+E
Delete second edge parallel to first edge (in editing mode)
CTRL+ALT+I
Display Edit Image window
CTRL+ALT+O
Convert fill to outline
CTRL+ALT+T
Display Transformations window
CTRL+ALT+U
User Editors
CTRL+Shift+U
Insert text from Embird Font Engine. Inserts lettering converted from TrueType fonts to embroidery design.
2
Snap selected node to nearest node
3
Place beginning of object to end of previous object
4
Place second beginning point (for columns-type objects) to end of previous object
b
When creating outline object, pressing this key performs these three operations at once: 1. outline object is finished, 2. backward path is created to the outline object, 3. outline object and its backward path are joined into single object.
e
Add new line part to edge
r
Add new line part to second edge (for columns- type objects)
d
Add new curve part to edge
f
Add new curve part to second edge (for columns- type objects)
i
Changes first zigzag underlay angle of fill object in the edit/create mode.
o
Changes second zigzag underlay angle of fill object in the edit/create mode.
p
Changes cover stitches angle of fill object in the edit/create mode.
x
Works like right mouse button. It is intended for use with tablet.
space
Finish object creation/editing, if possible
esc
Cancel object creation/editing
arrow keys
Scrolls Working Area
arrow keys +ALT+CTRL
Moves selected objects in transform mode and selected node in edit/create mode.
-
Zoom out
+
Zoom in
Page Up
Zoom out
Page Down
Zoom in
SHIFT+Page Up
To Front (order of objects)
SHIFT+Page Down
To Back (order of objects)
Delete
Deletes selected objects (in transformations mode). Deletes an element that ends with selected square (in edit/create mode).
INSERT
Inserts a new element before selected square node in edit/create mode.
END
Inserts a Segment End at selected square node in edit/create mode.
ALT
Description of ALT key use in lettering mode is available in Interactive Lettering chapter.
ALT+1
Normal View
ALT+2
Enhanced View
ALT + mouse cursor move
Pan work area without having to switch tools. Cursor must move near edges of the work area.
ALT+B
Hide / Show boundaries of objects
ALT+C
Snap node to nearest node (editing mode)
ALT+D
Hide / Show grid
ALT+F
Hide / Show fill objects
ALT+G
Hide / Show guide lines
ALT+J
Hide / Show jumps
ALT+L
Hide / Show columns
ALT+M
Hide / Show manual stitches
ALT+N
Hide / Show columns with pattern
ALT+O
Hide / Show outline objects
ALT+Q
Hide / Show appliqués
ALT+R
Hide / Show rulers
ALT+S
Hide / Show stitches
ALT+T
Hide / Show button bar
ALT+U
Hide / Show sfumato objects
ALT+V
Hide / Show carvings
ALT+W
Hide / Show one-way outline objects
ALT+X
Hide / Show connections
ALT+Z
Hide / Show zoom window
ALT+F1
Activate Transform tool
ALT+F2
Activate Edit tool
ALT+F3
Activate Zoom tool
ALT+F4
Activate Pan tool
F1
Opens help files
F2
Create Fill object
F3
Create Sfumato object
F4
Create Opening object
F5
Create Carving objects
F6
Create Column object
F7
Create Column with Pattern object
F8
Create Outline object
F9
Create Manual Stitch object
F10
Create Connection object
F11
Create Appliqué object
F12
Create Appliqué Opening object
Double click on Working Area
Starts creation of new object without need to select any tool. The new object is of the same type as the previous object. This short-cut helps to create series of object of the same type faster.
Right mouse button depressed + dragging cursor over Work Area
This action temporarily switches on the pan tool instead of actual working mode. When button is released, program returns to previous mode. This helps to scroll the work area quickly, without using any control (scroll bars) or tool (Pan Tool button)
Double click on Object Inspector window
If double clicked on object icon, stitches are generated for this object
HOME
In nodes creation/editing mode - selects first node on the edge. Helps to locate first node on complex edge with many nodes.
END
In nodes creation/editing mode - selects last node on the edge. Helps to locate last node on complex edge with many nodes.
CTRL+HOME
In nodes creation/editing mode - selects previous node.
CTRL+END
In nodes creation/editing mode - selects next node.
a + left mouse click
In nodes creation/editing mode - activates Fast Node Insertion mode to allow insertion of new nodes after any selected node, not just the last one. Helps to speed-up nodes insertion and helps to avoid undesired selection of existing nodes.
TAB
When creating new object, TAB key can be used to quick adjustment of  the curve elements. Create new curve element with TAB key instead of left mouse button. Then move the mouse with TAB key depressed to adjust the curve. Then release the TAB key. Please note: to use the TAB key for curves adjustment, the edge mode must be set to 'curve'. Embird Studio - Short-cut Keys