When marking up and annotating PDF files, there are many options to consider. Adobe is an obvious choice, but the platform that has skyrocketed in popularity is Bluebeam Revu.

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 to crush that looming deadline without breaking a sweat. 

First, Bluebeam's keyboard shortcuts are displayed on the right side of the menus in the toolbar, next to each command, and on the tooltip – 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 in similar types or tasks.




Here is a list of the most commonly used default shortcuts available with a new installation of Revu. This is not 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.

  Download the PDF version of this cheat sheet.

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 list of frequently used commands.

New customizable shortcuts include batch tools, sketch tools, cut content, and erase content.


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


More about Bluebeam Revu

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

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


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


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Kevin Vaughan
Post by Kevin Vaughan
May 13, 2020
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.