Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Wed, May 13, 2020 @ 08:47 AM

When it comes to marking up and annotating PDF files, there are certainly a wide range of options to consider. Adobe is an obvious choice, but the platform that has skyrocketed in popularity is none other than Bluebeam Revu.

In fact, Bluebeam Revu is the go to software for many Architects, Engineers, Government, and Construction professionals. One of the reasons for this is the incredibly easy to use interface.

It's incredibly intuitive, but learning a few keyboard shortcuts can help speed up your work so that you can crush that looming deadline without breaking a sweat. 

First off, Bluebeam's keyboard shortcuts are displayed on the right side of the menus in the toolbar, next to each command, and on the tool tip – the small popup that displays when the cursor hovers over a button in the toolbar. 

Keyboard shortcuts - Help Menu in Bluebeam Revu

A full list of the Keyboard shortcuts is available by clicking Help > Keyboard Shortcuts Guide in Revu. The shortcuts in these tutorials are grouped together in similar types or tasks.


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Here is a list of the most commonly used default shortcuts available with a new installation of Revu. This is by no means all of the options, so feel free to dig into the software and see which other ones you can utilize.. 

Drawing Markup Shortcuts
Text & Other Markups
Coud Tool  C 
Cloud+  K
Ellipse  E
Snapshot Image  G
Highlight  H
Hyperlink  Shift + H
Insert an Image  I
Line  L
Arc  Shift + C
Arrow (Create)  A
Dimension  Shift + L
Polyline  Shift + N
Lasso  Shift + O
Pen  P
Polygon  Shift + P
Callout  Q
Rectangle   R
Text Box  T
Typewriter  W
Attachment  F
Format Painter   Ctrl + Shift + C
Paste in Place  Ctrl + Shift + V
Group  Ctrl + G
Ungroup  Ctrl + Shift + G
Polylength  Shift + Alt + Q
Measurements  M
Dynamic Fill  J


View & Navigation
Editing Functions
Split View Vertical  Ctrl + 2
Split View Horizontal   Ctrl + H
Unsplit View  Ctrl + Shift + 2
Presentation Mode  Ctrl + Enter
Zoom  Z
Zoom Out  Ctrl + (-)
Zoom In  Ctrl + (+)
Properties Panel  Alt + P 
Thumbnails Tab  Alt + T
Bookmarks  Alt + B
Tool Chest  Alt + X
File Access  Alt + A
Web Tab (Web Access)  Ctrl + T
 Search  Ctrl + F
Select  V
Select Text  Shift + T
Insert Blank Page  Ctrl + Shift + N
Extract Pages Ctrl + Shift + X
Rotate Pages Ctrl + Shift + R
Deskew Ctrl + Alt + D
Crop Pages Shift + Alt + O
3D Editor Ctrl + Alt +3 


Using these easy to learn Bluebeam shortcuts has helped Revu evolve to become the standard for project collaboration and workflow efficiency for AEC worldwide.


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Exciting news! Revu keyboard shortcuts can now be customized. Bluebeam claims that this has been their most requested feature upgrade.

So, now, you can remap existing Revu shortcuts to match similar functions in other programs you already use, or add new shortcuts to create your own personal list of frequently used commands.

Some new customizable shortcuts include batch tools, sketch tools, cut content, erase content and lots more.

How to Create Custom Keyboard Shortcuts  - Select Revu on the Menu bar and click Keyboard Shortcuts. In the Keyboard Shortcuts window, select the tool or command you want to shortcut, enter the keystroke in the Shortcut field, and click Add.

To use a shortcut already assigned to another tool, click Reassign. All shortcuts listed in Revu’s menus system will be automatically updated once a new shortcut has been assigned, making them easier to find and remember.


Launch custom keyboard shortcuts right from the main Revu menu in the toolbar.


Select the shortcut that you want to save (or change), input the new shortcut keys, then press OK. 


More about Bluebeam Revu

Bluebeam software is and end-to-end digital workflow and collaboration solution trusted by over 1 million AEC professionals worldwide.

Offering PDF-based tools that support every phase of design and construction, Revu enables businesses to utilize a single solution from project start to handover.


Working Remotely (COVID-19 Update)

As the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic swept the world in early 2020, many people were mandated to quarantine, at home. This directive had massive impacts to both the economy and our society as a whole. Construction related companies, however, were offer a bit of relief as they were deemed "essential business" and allowed to keep working.


This allowed most construction projects to continue - although with strict modifications and constraints at the jobsite. As social distancing became the norm, the landscape of construction sites changed drastically. Person-to-person distance requirements, wearing of face masks, and mobile hand washing stations became standard practice. 


Besides changing policies and procedures at job sites, construction office and admin staffs  changed completely. Instantly, there are a shift to migrate and conventional office into a new, modern remote office. 


This shift to a home office is a perfect fit for Bluebeam. As a software tool, many users simply either acquired new licenses for their home workstations or simply migrated their Bluebeam license to another computer. Once installed and set up, Bluebeam Revu allowed these users to operate like before. Plus, with Bluebeam's integrated cloud, Bluebeam Studio, collaborating with project partners never missed a beat. 

Learn more about Shortcuts, plus 20 essential tips & tricks in the Ultimate Bluebeam Revu Tool Kit


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Kevin Vaughan

Written by Kevin Vaughan

Kevin Vaughan is the Vice President of TAVCO and heads up Sales, Digital Marketing, and E-Commerce channels. With over two decades of experience, he has received various awards for sales performance and channel growth. Published articles focus on AEC technologies including laser scanning, 3D cameras, CAD software, and large format plotters. When he is not geeking out on new technologies, you can find him hanging with his wife and kids, playing guitar, or Scuba diving.