Accessing tools

Shapr3D has an innovative user interface that provides several methods for accessing tools icon-tools.png. You can choose the method that best matches your project workflow or preference below. 

You can find the menus on the sides of your modeling space, floating over the canvas, keeping your project front and center. The main menu is on the left side of the screen and sketch constraints appear on the right side.

Sketching and modeling tools are organized into submenus, and the main menu provides convenient access to the Project Sidebar and Items Manager.


Note for iPadOS: If you're left-handed or simply prefer to have the main menu on the right side, you can change the interface settings in Settings.

Project sidebar

The Project Sidebar is a quick way to navigate between the modeling, Visualization, and 2D Drawings space. Simply select Modeling, Visualization, or Drawing from the main menu to open the Project Sidebar.

Aside from switching between spaces, the Project Sidebar also provides you a shortcut to add, rename, or delete 2D Drawings.



Adaptive user interface

As you make selections in your project, Shapr3D predicts what tools you want to use next and makes them available at the left. Using this adaptive user interface is a fast and efficient way to develop your projects. This method allows you to focus on your model, rather than on browsing through menus.


To use this method for accessing tools, make selections in the modeling space or Items Manager, then make use of the default tool that becomes active or choose a tool from the customized menu at the left. For more information, see Adaptive User Interface.


To access additional tools from the adaptive menu, select More.


You can find modes in the bottom-left corner of the main menu that you can easily turn on or turn off. If you don’t have any selections, Section View and Measurement Mode are readily available by default. As you make selections in your project or access relevant tools, the modes adapt to provide you the tools you need.



Items Manager

The Items Manager is another quick way to trigger tools whenever you select items. For example, selecting a body from the available items triggers the adaptive UI with available tools you can use. To learn more, visit Items Manager.



Keyboard shortcuts and hotkeys

The most frequently used tools can also be selected via keyboard shortcuts. The shortcuts are highlighted next to the name of the tool in the side menu. To learn more about shortcuts, visit Keyboard shortcuts, gestures, and hotkeys.



The Command Search function allows you to access tools by searching for the command name. As you type into the search field, valid commands appear in the list below. You can launch tools directly from the results list. 


Depending on your platform and settings, Search Commands is available via the ‘X’ or Control/Command + F keyboard shortcuts, from the toolbar or the help menu.. For more information, visit Command Search.


You can pre-select elements in your project before searching for commands. When you pre-select items, the search results are customized based on your selection.

Context menus

If you're using a mouse or trackpad, context menus are another quick way to access tools and commands. Simply secondary click (right-click) anywhere in your modeling space to open the pop-up menu containing commands, actions, or options relevant to your workflow.


To learn about the different context menus available, visit Context menus.

For Shapr3D Windows, you can access basic tools and commands from the file menu in the top navigation bar. Simply select File, Edit, View, and Help to find shortcuts to basic commands.


In Shapr3D Mac, you can also access modeling tools from the Mac menu bar. Simply go to the menu bar and select the options for Sketch, Add, Transform, and Tools to access modeling tools, and select File, Edit, View, Window, and Help find shortcuts to basic commands.


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