Basic features user guide

3D viewer navigation

The following keystrokes control navigation in the 3D viewer. For more information about navigating in the 3D viewer, see Using the Navigation Controls.

Note - The focus must be in the 3D viewer in order for these controls to take effect. Simply click anywhere in the 3D viewer to change focus.

 
Command

Windows/Linux
Keystroke(s)

Mac
Keystroke(s)

Result

Move left Left arrow Left arrow Moves the viewer in the direction of the arrow.
Move right Right arrow Right arrow Moves the viewer in the direction of the arrow.
Move up Up arrow Up arrow Moves the viewer in the direction of the arrow.
Move down Down arrow Down arrow Moves the viewer in the direction of the arrow.
Rotate clockwise Shift + left arrow Shift + left arrow Rotates the view clockwise. The earth spins counter-clockwise.
Rotate counter-clockwise Shift + right arrow Shift + right arrow Rotates the view counter-clockwise.
Show/hide Overview window CTRL + M Command/Open Apple Key + M Displays or closes overview window.
Tilt up Shift + left mouse button + drag down, Shift + down arrow Shift + down arrow Tilts the viewer toward "horizon" view.
Tilt down Shift + left mouse button + drag up, Shift + up arrow Shift + up arrow Tilts the viewer toward "top-down" view.
Look CTRL + left mouse button + drag Command/Open Apple Key + mouse button + drag Perspective points in another direction, as if you are turning your head up, down, left or right.
Zoom in Scroll wheel, + key, PgUp key Scroll wheel, + key Zooms the viewer in. Tip: to use the 'Page Up' key, make sure 'Num Lock' on your keyboard is off.
Zoom out Scroll wheel, - key (both keyboard and numpad), PgDn key Scroll wheel, - key (both keyboard and numpad) Zooms the viewer out. Tip: to use the 'Page Down' key, make sure 'Num Lock' on your keyboard is off.
Zoom + automatic tilt Right mouse button + drag up or down CTRL + click + drag up or down Zooms the viewer in and automatically tilts your view as you approach ground level.
Stop current motion Spacebar Spacebar When the viewer is in motion, stops movement
Reset view to "north - up" n n Rotates view so that view is 'n'orth-up.
Reset tilt to "top-down" view u u Resets angle to view scene in "top-down" or "'u'p" mode.
Reset tilt and compass view to default r r 'R'esets angle to view "top-down" and rotates to "north-up" view. Use this feature to orient the earth in the center of the viewer.

Tip - Use the ALT key in combination with most of these keystrokes to move more slowly in the indicated direction.