Shortcuts for Modo (Windows)

Shortcuts for Modo (Windows)

1. General/System
Ctrl+NNew scene
Ctrl+OOpen saved scene
Ctrl+IOpen saved image
Ctrl+WClose current scene
Ctrl+Shift+WClose all open scenes
Ctrl+SSave current scene
Ctrl+Shift+SSave scene as
Ctrl+QQuit Modo
Alt+F12Config file save
Shift+F5Run script
DeleteDelete (not available in Items mode)
Ctrl+RBrings up the last tool used
Alt+RBrings up the last tool used, ignoring UI interactions and selections
Ctrl+TabLayout switcher, organized by most recent
2. Navigation
Alt+ClickRotate view
Alt+Middle-clickRotate viewport Z axis (bank) view
Alt+Right-clickFlick’ rotate
Shift+Alt+Left-clickPan view
Shift+Alt+Right-clickPan up/down only
Ctrl+Alt+Left-clickZoom to mouse position
Ctrl+Alt+Right-clickBox zoom
. (period)Zoom in (only in component modes)
Shift+. (period)Zoom in x2
, (comma)Zoom out (only in component modes)
Shift+ , (comma)Zoom out x2
GCenter the view on the cursor’s position
/Turntable (only in component modes)
Shift+/When turntable is running, displays upright turntable
Mouse Wheel ScrollZoom view in and out to mouse pointer
AFit (zoom to scene extents/all items)
Shift+AFit selected (zooms to selected elements)
Ctrl+AAlign selected (aligns view to the current selection)
Ctrl+Shift+AFit and align selected (zooms and aligns the view to the current selection)
3. 3D Viewport Options
OOpen the viewport options pop-over
0Maximize/minimize the viewport within the group
. (decimal)Perspective
1Top (press again to toggle top/bottom view)
2Front (press again to toggle front/back view)
3Right (press again to toggle right /left view)
Shift+9Vertex Map
/Wireframe None
Shift+/Wireframe Light
Ctrl+/Wireframe Dark
4. Item List
FIn Items selection mode, locate selected item (layer). In other modes flip polygons
Shift+clickExpand/close all (also in Shader Tree)
‘ (apostrophe)Swap foreground/background layers
Ctrl+DDuplicate selected layer(s) (only in Items mode)
Shift+DInstance selected layer(s) (only in Items mode)
NNew Mesh Item
LNew locator item (only in Items mode)
5. Channel list
ISelect modifier input
OSelect modifier output
CChannel haul on (only in Items mode)
6. Floating Windows
F2Modeling toolbox
F3Sculpt/paint toolbox
F4Setup toolbox
F5Command History viewport
F6Presets viewport
F7Graph Editor
F8Render preview
F11Snapping pop-over
` (backtick)Toggle window visibility
7. Pie Menus
Ctrl+` (backtick)Layout switch favorites
Ctrl+1GL viewport toggles
Ctrl+2GL viewport style
Ctrl+SpaceGL viewport view type
Ctrl+3Open pop-over
Alt+QSelection mode/Transform tools
Alt+ ` (backtick)Open palette
Shift+ ` (backtick)Properties and options
BBrushes pie menu (only when a Brush tool is active)
Alt+SpaceAnimation shortcuts (only in the Animation layout)
8. General Modelling
QDrops active tool
K“Tool properties pop-over
EscEscape current operation/drop active selection
SpaceCycle-through Component modes
Shift+SpaceToggle Component mode to Item Mode (or last mode)
Tool handle smaller
0Toggle tool handle visibility (not on the numeric keypad; only on Mac)
Ctrl+DReset tool attributes
Shift+0-9Select layer 1-10
Alt+SpaceQuick access pop-over
MAssign material tag
TabToggle subdivision surfaces
Shift+TabToggle Catmull-Clark subdivision surfaces
Keypad +/-Increase/decrease subdivision level
9. Action Center/Axis
Alt+DSelection center, auto axis
Alt+QDisplays pie menu
Alt+GPivot center, parent axis
10. Selection (Modelling)
Alt+Shift+ASelect all
Arrow UpMore (select next plausible element in loop)
Shift+Arrow UpSelect expand
Arrow DownLess (de-select last element)
Shift+Arrow DownShrink
Arrow LeftSelect previous loop
Shift+Arrow LeftSelect previous loop add
Arrow RightSelect next loop
Shift+Arrow RightSelect next loop add
LSelect loop
Alt+LSelect ring
[Invert selection
Shift+]Close loop
Shift+GSelect between
Alt+1Convert selection to vertices
Alt+2Convert selection to edges
Alt+3Convert selection to polygons
; (semicolon)Select through toggle
11. Hide/Lock Geometry
HHide selected
Shift+HHide unselected
Ctrl+HHide invert (toggle state)
JLock selected
Shift+JLock unselected
Ctrl+JLock invert (toggle state)
12. Work Plane
HomeAlign to geometry under cursor
Shift+HomeAlign to selection (average of all selected)
Ctrl+HomeAlign to viewport
EndReset the Work Plane
Shift+EndOpen Work Plane pop-over
Page UpWalk +
Page DownWalk –
Keypad * (asterisk)Toggle visibility
Alt+OOffset Work Plane to geometry position under cursor
13. Snapping
XToggle snap state (hold with tool active for temporary snap)
F11Open snapping pop-over
Ctrl+Shift+TElement snap
14. Tools
Alt+Shift+EPlanar rotate
Shift+RUniform scale
TElement move (Tweak)
Ctrl+TSoft drag
Shift+YFlex tool
Shift+SSmooth tool
Shift+LRadial sweep
Shift+QGrow quad row from edge
ZExtend edge
Shift+VMirror tool
Shift+BPolygon bevel
Alt+BSketch extrude
Ctrl+BCreate polygon of given type from vertex selection
CEdge slice
Shift+CPolygon slice
Alt+CLoop slice
DSubdivide selected geometry
Shift+DOpen subdivide options
FFlip polygon normal
Ctrl+LSplit face by selected vertices
PMake polygon
Shift+TTriple polygons (convert to triangles)
VSpin edge
Alt+VSpin quads curves
Shift+OMake open curve
Ctrl+PMake closed curve
Shift+WWeight tool
Shift+MMorph tool
15. Paint And Sculpt
BOpen brush tips pie menu (only when tool is active)
OOpen large color picker pop-over (hover over UI color picker)
SSwap foreground/background colors
E/RImage ink rotate left/right
D/FImage ink scale up/down
Shift+ZAdjust offset amount (sticky key, only while Brush tool is active)
Alt+(numeric pad) +Subdivision level up
Alt+(numeric pad) –Subdivision level down
Ctrl+(numeric pad) +Current level up
Ctrl+(numeric pad) –Current level down
16. Camera
Shift+Alt+Click+DragMove camera item
Shift+Alt+right-click+DragMove up/down direction only
Alt+Click+DragRotate around target distance
Alt+Right-click+DragRotate around Z axis
Ctrl+Middle-click+DragImage ink scale up/down
Ctrl+Alt+Click+dragMove forward/backward only
Ctrl+Alt+Right-click+DragAdjust focal length
Roll Mouse WheelZooms to cursor
Ctrl+AAuto focus camera (only in a viewport defined as Camera and with auto-focus enabled)
Ctrl+FRestart preview (only in the Preview viewport)
17. Animation
Shift+ZSelect all animated items
ZSelect all animated channels
Ctrl+GGroup selected items (under group locator)
PParent in place
Shift+PUnparent in place
Shift+Arrow UpGo to first frame
Ctrl+Arrow UpGo to first keyframe
Ctrl+Arrow LeftGo to previous keyframe
Shift+Arrow LeftGo back one frame
/Start/stop animation playback
Shift+Arrow RightGo forward one frame
Ctrl+Arrow RightGo to next keyframe
Ctrl+Arrow DownGo to last keyframe
Shift+YKey transforms
Shift+EKey rotations
Shift+WKey positions
Shift+RKey scale
SKey selected channels
Shift+SKey selected items
AFit selected
Ctrl+FFit visible
Shift+FFit visible width
Alt+clickPan view
Ctrl+Alt+ClickScale view
Alt+Right-clickScale graph size
Ctrl+Alt+Right-clickBox zoom (drag box to zoom)
Ctrl+Shift+VPaste insert keyframes to selected channels
Ctrl+Alt+VPaste replace keyframes to selected channels
18. Render
Ctrl+F9Render visible
Shift+F9Render selected
F10Render current view
Alt+Shift+F9Open render display window
Ctrl+FFocus under cursor
mouse wheelPreview zoom
middle-click+dragJump the preview out to the original focal length (only when zoomed in)

Logitech Gaming Software – Mouse not Detected

After installing Karabiner Elements for MacOS I found that the Logitech Gaming Software (LGS) was no longer detecting the mouse and was showing the move mouse to wake dialog.

It took a while to figure out that the cause was the recently installed Karabiner Software, exiting the software allowed immediate recognition of the mouse. Not sure what the cause is and the mouse was functional though not under the LGS command.

A useful tool but not if you are using LGS it would appear.

Modo Slowdown after crashes

If a program appears to crash to often Windows may apply a control Shim to monitor the app, this can cause slow operations in Modo such as UV edits.

To check if windows is applying a shim:
1. Press start and in the search type “regedit.exe” and hit enter
2. Go to this folder: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\FTH\State

If modo is listed in there, then a shim is being applied.

To remove the shim
1. Press start and in the search type “cmd.exe“, right click on cmd.exe and choose “run as administrator“, then press yes
2. In the command prompt type: Rundll32.exe fthsvc.dll,FthSysprepSpecialize
3. Log out of windows and back in to see the changes.

Thanks to @funk for this information.

V-Ray License Server Error 200

I recently had a problem with the V-Ray license server on Windows returning and error -200 when I tried to render.

It turns out the error is because the VRL service wasn’t running and no amount of reinstall and reboots helped. 

Thanks to the help of friend I was able to resolve the issue by deleting a folder located at: C:\Program Files\Common Files\ChaosGroup

  1. Uninstall the License Server from the machine
  2. Then delete the folder C:\Program Files\Common Files\ChaosGroup
  3. Reboot the machine to reset the Windows Services
  4. Install the License server, it should ask for log in data now.
  5. Go rendering!

I spend hours on this so I am so happy to have friends that could help me on this, thanks Volker!

Associate .vrimg files with Photoshop

vrimg files are not associated with any program in Windows by default, they may be associated with the Chaos Group PD Player. Also it doesn’t appear that open with creates an association as expected therefore one may have to use the command line function ftype to achieve the desire association.

The general way to associate files using terminal commands is as follows:

  • Open cmd.exe with administrator rights (right-click on the shortcut to get this option)
  • Type ftype extfile="C:\Program Files (x86)\YourProgram.exe" "%1" where you replace the path with the executable of the program you want to use to open by default this extension (make sure to keep the "%1", this will get replaced dynamically to point to the file you’re double-clicking on) and optionally replace extfile with a name of your choice to describe the type of file you’re trying to open. Then press Enter.
  • Finally, type assoc .ext=extfile where you replace ext by the extension you are trying to associate and extfile with the name you chose above, then press Enter.

So for example to associate .vrimg files with Photoshop 2019 use the following command on a single line each in the Windows Administrator Command Prompt:


ftype vrimg="C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CC 2019\Photoshop.exe" "%1"


assoc .vrimg=vrimg

You should now see the .vrimg file have the Photoshop icon associated with them. It may be necessary to reboot or restart File Explorer before the associations show. Note Photoshop can not handle vrimg files natively it requires a third party plugin, I use ProEXR which is now free.

Dell Display Manager Hotkey

With the Dell Display Manager dmm.exe there are command-line parameters to allow some remote control.

They are as follows:

  ddm.exe /IncControl 10  //to increase brightness

ddm.exe /IncControl 12 //to increase contrast

ddm.exe /DecControl 10 //to decrease brightness

ddm.exe /DecControl 12 //to decrease contrast

The default with no second figure set is 1 or 1% – so in my example I use 5 for 5% like so:

ddm.exe /IncControl 10 5

To increase by 5%

I use the excellent Windows program AutoHotKey, which is free, to do this:

Here is my AutoHotKey script snippet:

#F2::Run "C:\Program Files (x86)\Dell\Dell Display Manager\ddm.exe" "/IncControl 10 5"

#F1::Run "C:\Program Files (x86)\Dell\Dell Display Manager\ddm.exe" "/DecControl 10 5"

This would assign WIN+F2 to Brighten by 5% and WIN+F1 to Dim by 5%

You can also do it with Windows natively using the built in shortcut method:

To create a shortcut using Windows native system Right click on the desktop (or where ever you want it) and chose New > Shortcut then enter the following in the Target: dialog field

"C:\Program Files (x86)\Dell\Dell Display Manager\ddm.exe" "/IncControl 10 5"

and choose the Shortcut you would like to use in the Shortcut key: dialog field. You will need to create two shortcuts; one for Inc and one for Dec.

It should be noted that the Dell Display Manager will need to be started and running in the background.