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If the part that you just added to the scene or snapped is not in the desired orientation, you can use the arrow keys ← and → to quickly rotate it along the Y axis (in the selected space: local or global) with 45° steps. Of course, it also works with groups.

I found this shortcut pretty useful as it goes quicker than switching to the rotation gizmo and pulling the Y handle.
13 Jul 2014, 12:06
Edited 18 Sep 2014, 21:02
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Along these same lines, it would be extremely helpful if the up and down arrows would rotate objects along the X axis in similar increments.
31 Mar 2015, 22:46
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Good point. I will look into that
31 Mar 2015, 23:12
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I added the support of up and down arrows to rotate 45° around the X axis.
It would be great if I could also add keys to rotate around the Y axis, but I'm not too sure which ones to use.

- It is also currently possible to use the R and T keys plus axis key (X, Y or Z) + value for fine transformation with the keyboard.
1 Apr 2015, 04:27
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Nice shoot! I dunno how I've done without X axis rotation till now...extremely usefull!
Please Scrubs, update also the shortcuts topics with this new feature. Thanks
1 Apr 2015, 07:55
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Man, this is fantastic! I can't wait to get home tonight and continue working on my model.

In my excitement with the new functionality, I managed to get my test object into a funky position and thought, "Wouldn't It be nice to have a keyboard shortcut that could quickly reset the X and Y rotation orientation to 0,0?" I couldn't think of a good keyboard shortcut to accomplish this though. Alt+0? Alt+Arrow?
1 Apr 2015, 21:03
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Good idea. Would it just reset the rotation or position as well?

I'm currently coding the undo/redo function which might take a few days. I will have a look at that after.
1 Apr 2015, 21:31
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I was thinking the option would only reset the rotation. I usually place pieces at or near their intended location before I adjust the rotation. Not sure how others do it.
1 Apr 2015, 21:54
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Great Idea! As the Undo and Redo are already well in place, is there any progress on this one since April?
10 Nov 2015, 19:28
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No, not really - it was sort of forgotten...
If you give me a shortcut idea, I will add it so that it reset the orientation (not location) when 1 part only is selected.
10 Nov 2015, 19:51
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I'm also using the arrow keys quite often. My favorite alternatives for rotation about Z would be:
Crtl + up/down arrows
Alt + up/down arrows
21 Dec 2016, 14:05
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Thanks! All these tips are really useful!
12 Jul 2019, 11:02
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whenever i do this it makes my piece in a funky position and it wont "fit on" properly
3 Feb 2021, 01:17
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go to grid and make the size small
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