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Rotate, Pan, and Zoom View

You can rotate, pan, and zoom your model in Mechanics Explorer. To do this, you use three buttons in the Mechanics Explorer toolbar: . Select the button for the task you want to perform. Then, use the mouse to perform that task. You can also use mouse shortcuts to rotate, pan, and zoom.

Rotate, Pan, and Zoom Shortcuts

The following table summarizes the mouse shortcuts that you can use to rotate, pan, and zoom a model.

FunctionMouse Shortcut
RotatePress Scroll Wheel + Move Mouse
PanPress Scroll Wheel + Shift + Move Mouse
ZoomPress Scroll Wheel + Ctrl + Move Mouse

Rotate View

In the Mechanics Explorer tool bar, click the Rotate view button . In the visualization pane, click the mouse to set the rotation pivot point. Then, move the mouse to rotate about that pivot. A rotation icon denotes the position of the mouse.

If you use a mouse with a scroll wheel, you can also use a shortcut to rotate your model. Click and hold the scroll wheel while moving the mouse in the visualization pane. As you move your mouse, the model rotates.

Pan View

In the Mechanics Explorer tool bar, click the Pan view button . In the visualization pane, click and move the mouse to pan the model. A pan icon denotes the position of the mouse.

If you use a mouse with a scroll wheel, you can also use a shortcut to pan your model. In the visualization pane, click and hold the scroll wheel and press Shift while moving the mouse. As you move the mouse, the model pans.

Zoom View

In the Mechanics Explorer tool bar, click the Zoom in/out button . In the visualization pane, click the mouse in the part that you want to zoom. Then, move the mouse to zoom that part. Move the mouse up to zoom in or down to zoom out. A zoom icon denotes the position of the mouse.

If you use a mouse with a scroll wheel, you can also use a shortcut to zoom your model. In the visualization pane, click and hold the scroll wheel and press Ctrl while moving the mouse. As you move the mouse, the model zooms. Move the mouse up to zoom in or down to zoom out.

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