Hot keys

A number of shortcut keys enable to work quicker and more efficiently in Diamonds. Below you will find a list of shortcuts available for the most common features.

  • Aid when drawing orthogonal (0°, 90°, 45°) lines
  • Select additional elements
  • Select elements of the same group
  • Select plate borders together with plate
CTRL Select all elements of the same design type
DELETE Delete geometry elements or loads (depending on the configuration) 
ENTER Draw a new line (in drawing function)
SPACE Deactivate intelligent cursor
ESC End the drawing function (in drawing function)
CTRL + A Select all
CTRL + C Copy data from tables
CTRL + N New file 
CTRL + O Open file 
CTRL + P Print screen 
CTRL + Q Close project
CTRL + S Save project 
CTRL + Y Redo 
CTRL + Z Undo 
CTRL + click on one point Select all points
  • When you select a line: will remove the line but not the end points of the line
  • When you select multiple intersecting lines: will remove the lines, but not the intersection point
  • When you select a plate but not the borders: will remove the plate but not the borders
F1 Open Diamonds Help
F2 Calculate concrete reinforcement quantities 
F3 Steel and timber verification 
F8 Export to BIM Expert
F9 Elastic analysis 
F10 Maximize
F11 Minimize
F12 Show everything as large as possible on the screen 
  • Hold scroll down while moving mouse: pan
  • Scroll: zoom in and out
SHIFT + SCROLL Rotate (3D orbit)
Right mouse click in drawing area Open ‘window configuration’ 
Right mouse click on the icon  Centers the model on the screen with a standard configuration of the global coordinate system (= X-axis pointing to the right, Z-axis pointing out of the screen, Y-axis pointing upward). Available in Diamonds 2021 (or newer).
Double click in drawing area Open grid settings 
a Draw a new line 
d Open window to divide lines 
e Open extrude window 
m Open mirror window 
p Open projection window 
r Open rotation window 
t Open translation window 



Can I define hot keys myself?

No, that is not possible.

Is there a hot key to delete a line without deleting the plate?

No. A plate must always have a circumference. If you want to merge plates, read this article.

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