Version: 2.0

Keyboard shortcuts

#hotkeys #bindings #keybindings

Keyboard shortcuts are the fastest way to get around in PureRef. Make them yours by customizing them.

Find a list of all the default shortcuts here.



Actions are the function that is triggered when a shortcut is pressed, and they come in 2 types:

Trigger actions are actions that executes as soon as its shortcut is pressed, for example closing the program or deleting an image.

Continuous actions require mouse movement and are actions that continue until you release its shortcut, for example moving an image or dragging a selection rectangle.

Whether a shortcut is trigger or continuous depends on the action and cannot be changed.

Mouse buttons

Mouse buttons can be used for both continuous and trigger actions. If your mouse has extra buttons, those can be bound too.


Continuous actions don't require a mouse button. Leave the mouse buttons field empty and the continuous action will start as soon as you press its keyboard keys!

Trackpad support


PureRef supports a few trackpad gestures such as pinch to zoom and 2 finger pan. Trackpads are automatically detected by PureRef, if this detection incorrectly identifies a mouse as a trackpad the setting Trackpad gestures can be used to disable this behavior.


If your trackpad is not detected and 2 finger pan zooms the scene, the setting Scroll wheel functionality can be set to "Pan canvas"

Pen support

Most pens and tablets should be supported. In Windows some people have experienced issues with Windows Ink that have been alleviated by setting "Let me use my pen as a mouse when it's available" under Pen & Windows Ink settings.

Touch screen support

Limited touch controls are supported such as pinch to zoom and 2 finger pan.

3D Input support

PureRef has support for the 3DConnexion SpaceMouse for navigating in the scene.

Keyboard keys

Specifies which keyboard keys that need to be pressed to trigger the action.

For non-english letter keys PureRef will try to figure out if it is a standard shortcut key or, if not, allow you to use that letter key when binding your shortcuts.


If you're using a non-english keyboard and a shortcut doesn't seem to work you can try to re-bind it.

System global shortcuts

Every trigger action shortcut can be set to work even if PureRef is not the active window. Check the "System global" check box when rebinding a shortcut.

PureRef does not block the global shortcut so make sure you select one that isn't used by the other applications you have in focus.

On MacOS this feature requires Accessibility permissions. You will be asked to enable it the first time you set a shortcut to system global.


If you don't see the "System global" check box on an action it means it is a continuous action.

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