Most used (by me) Blender user interface controls and shortcuts

This are the Blender interface controls and shortcuts that, so far, I have been using the most. I will update this list as soon as I find useful shortcuts for my tasks. Please, you should refer to the official blender manual for details. Useful direct links:

Mouse legend:

  • LMB: left mouse button.
  • MMB: middle mouse button.
  • RMB: right mouse button.
  • MW: mouse wheel.
  • MM: mouse motion.

General

  • A: select/unselect all.
  • R: rotate. +X, +Y or +Z rotation on the respective axis. The rotation degrees may be typed and accepted with ENTER.
  • S: scale. +X, +Y or +Z scale on the respective axis. The scaling factor may be typed and accepted with ENTER.
  • G: translate.
  • CTRL+L: invert selection.

3D View > Edit mode

  • CTRL+E: edge menu.
  • U: unwrap menu.
  • ALT+M: merge vertices menu.

These controls depend on the active selection mode (vertices, edges or faces).

  • ALT+RMB: loop selection.
  • SHIFT+RMB: add/remove an element to the current selection.
  • CTRL+LMB+MM: selection based on the shape created with the mouse motion.

3D View > Object mode

  • MMB+MM: scene rotation.
  • SHIFT + MMB: pan scene.
  • MW: discrete zoom in/out.
  • CTRL+MMB+MM: continuous zoom in/out.
  • CTRL+A: apply transformations to the geometry.

UV/Image Editor

  • MMB+MM: pan image.
  • MW: discrete zoom in/out.
  • CTRL+MMB+MM: continuous zoom in/out.

Camera/Lights

  • RMB: Move camera/light.
  • ALT+A: Add light.
  • Trick: First click on the camera/light, then on the object holding SHIFT (the order is very important). Do a CTRL+T and select TrackTo Constraint.
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