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Navigating in 2D and 3D views with mouse and keyboard

Navigation means that you can use the mouse and key combinations to move around in 2D and 3D planning views of Visual Building. And moving means that you take a viewer position inside these views that allows you to exercise your planning step precisely and effectively.
Navigating is therefore essential for working with any design or drawing software. We would suggest to take a few minutes before starting your project. Load one of our sample projects and familiarize yourself with the navigation functions.

There are only a few operations involved in navigating:
- Zoom: zoom in or out of the scene
- Move the scene left or right
- Move the scene up or down
- Pan: move the scene freely
- Rotate (only in 3D views)

In a 2D / 3D architecture or design software, constant navigation is essential. That means you are constantly moving in and out to new positions.
Example: when you insert a wall zoom in close to the starting point. Start the wall input tool, set the starting point of the wall at your desired position. Now zoom a few steps out to see a bigger part of the floor plan, zoom back in to the point where you want to insert the end point of the wall. The video below shows such an example.
Even in 3D views, you can continuously rotate the building model or zoom close to certain construction details.
So there is no ideal position for several planning steps, but each step probably requires a different position.
To keep things as simple as possible, there are only 4 to 5 different mouse and key combinations in Visual Building that you can use to do all of this very easily. And for the initial phase we have prepared a PDF document with so-called short cuts for you. You can find the PDF document at the bottom of this page or in your Windows Start menu if you have installed Visual Building already.

Mouse and keyboard combinations

In 2D views:

- Mouse wheel = Zoom to Cursor
- SHIFT + Mouse wheel = Move left or right
- CTRL + SHIFT + Mouse wheel = Move up or down
- Pressed Mouse wheel = Pan

In 3D views:

- Mouse wheel = Zoom to Cursor
- SHIFT + Mouse wheel = Move left or right
- CTRL + SHIFT + Mouse wheel = Move up or down
- Left mouse button = Rotate
- Right mouse button = Zoom in or out
- SHIFT + Mouse wheel = Pan

If you ever get lost while navigating through your building model just press your HOME key. This is equal to Show all and resets your view to a centered position showing the entire visible content of both, 2D and 3D views.

See how-to navigate while inserting elements

A short example showing how to zoom in and out while inserting a wall or moving a 3D object.

See how-to navigate in 2D and 3D views

The following video shows the navigation options. Only difference to our current behaviour is that we have switched Zoom to cursor directly on the mouse wheel since this is the most often used variant.

Download our PDF with navigation and shortcut variants

This PDF is automatically added to your Windows Start menu when you install a Visual Building version.

Download Visual Building Shortcut PDF file:

Continue with your floor plan.

Shortcut PDF

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