Getting Numpad Section of Hotkeys to default Blender

FORUMS FORUMS General Help Getting Numpad Section of Hotkeys to default Blender

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    • #11779

      uasuria
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      Hi,
      I’ve been using Blender for a few months, and just a few days ago I found a Blender Forums Tutorial, and after seeing that, I decided to install Sensei Format. Overall it is a great addon which simplifies lots of things.

      However I was wondering if there is a way to change just the numpad hotkeys for views to default blender settings.

      In the time I have used blender, I’ve grown quite accustomed to these keys in particular due to its frequent use.

      Moreover as and engineering student the default mapping of NUM1, NUM3, and NUM7 makes much more sense to me as it kind of represents the “3rd Angle Orthographic Projections” (see attachment). And the NUM2, NUM8, NUM4, and NUM6 represent rotation in their respective directions and NUM9 would toggle between Front/Back, Top/Bottom, and Righr/Left. Finally the NUM5 would toggle Perspective view.

      I tried to change the inputs in user preferences, but I got confused and messed up the whole thing, and I had to reset the preferences. NUM1 to NUM9 were assigned twice to “SFK Custom Nav” and “View Orbit”.

      I was hoping if someone could help me configure the keys as described above and save it as another preset.

      Thanks
      Uzair

    • #11784

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      Having to remove your hand from your mouse to change your view is inefficient. Or, having to migrate your other hand all the way across the keyboard to change your view is also super inefficient considering how commonly its needed. There is no good justification for using the numpad keys for view selection at all. That being the case, it then makes sense to organize the top 1-0 keys to adjust your view in a way that is mnemonically useful. That’s what Sensei Format does 1-2 Front/Back 3-4 Right/Left 5-6 Top/Bottom. You can press File > Sensei Format to download the user manual or Sensei Format hotkeys for more on this.

      Sensei Format’s keys are dynamically generated at startup. This accomplishes two things, 1. It does not prevent new versions of Blender from using updated keymaps which may contain new tools (that otherwise, if Sensei Format used its own keymap, could not include until manually updated by me to do so) 2. If a Sensei Format key doesn’t have to overwrite a default Blender key, it won’t leaving as much of the default keymap available for people who are still used to the default Blender keymap.

      Because I can’t be sure to what extent you mean when you say “I messed the whole thing up” you may want to deactivate Sensei Format > File > Sensei Format > Deactivate Sensei. Then open File > User Preferences > Add-ons > Open up Sensei Format and press “Remove” to completely remove it. Then download the latest version here blenderforums.org/store and reinstall. If you plan on uninstalling Sensei Format be sure and follow the directions I just layed down, otherwise continue…

      Finally go to File > User Preferences > (select Input tab) and where you can search make sure this is set to “Name” enter SFK to see most Sensei Format dynamically generated hotkeys… here you can change these or uncheck them to deactivate the ones you need to deactivate. Also type in “view numpad” in the search area to adjust all the default Blender navigation hotkeys. Make sure and press “Save User Settings” in the bottom left corner before you exit user preferences.

    • #11786

      uasuria
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      Thanks for the reply.

      I’ve used your advice and directions to configure the hotkeys. But now I am facing another issue which is not really related to the Sensei format addon, but I would really appreciate your input in that regard.

      Now that I know how to configure the new hotkeys, I decided to save it in another preset named “Sensei Modified”, so that original Sensei Format remains unchanged. But I noticed that If I change anything in newly created preset, it is also reflected to “Blender (default)” preset.

      What am I missing?

    • #11787

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      You’re welcome. I should mention, the numpad keys are mapped by default in Sensei Format to allow you to use the arrow keys on them to rotate the view in the direction of the arrow keys, leaving 7 and 9 which are adjacent to one another to perform similar tasks as 1-2, since pressing them feels the same as the top keyboard number key scheme 1-2 Front/Back in Sensei Format (which you become accustomed to). Same goes for 1 and 3 numpad keys. Anyway…

      Ok so, the presets, the one you’re talking about, those only refer to the input options under that column… buttons you can press and settings you can change like Orbit and Zoom style. The actual keymaps are located to the right of this section and there is no default Sensei Format keymap as I mentioned above (not sure if that was clear or not, sorry if I misread you).

      The keys are generated dynamically though, so it doesn’t matter what keymap you’re using or create here, whatever changes you make to the Sensei Format hotkeys “SFK” those settings aren’t going to store with any keymap, they are connected via Sensei Format addons… like I said you can of course change them or shut certain keys off and save those changes so they’ll be the same each time you open Blender, but you won’t be able to make a preset of these various options for SFK keys… just decide how you want to use them. The reasons for this I already explained above so I won’t do it again here. Beyond the SFK keys, you can of course use any keymap and change things all you want.

    • #11790

      uasuria
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      Thanks again for the detailed answers. I am really grateful for the help.

      Regards
      Uzair

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