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Autodesk Inventor what’s new 2022: Map middle mouse button

Paul Munford
April 16, 2021

There are lots of ways to navigate your models and drawings in Autodesk Inventor.

You can use the F2 key to pan, and the F4 key to orbit. You can use the Navigation menu, or the Steering wheel. You can use the View cube – or you can use your mouse…

Tip: My favourite is to use a Spacenavigator!

  • MMB (Scroll wheel) down to pan
  • MMB (scroll wheel) to zoom in or out
  • MMB (scroll wheel) +SHIFT to orbit

Just like AutoCAD! Great!

Autodesk Inventor 2022 mouse scroll wheel navigation mapping

Autodesk Inventor 2022 now allows you to map your middle mouse button navigation to Zoom, Pan or Orbit.

Click here to learn what else is new in Autodesk Inventor 2022

Mapping Mouse wheel orbit settings in Inventor

Unless – you are coming to Inventor from software with different center mouse button 3D orbit and navigation settings…

Or you are in the process of moving from another CAD software to Inventor, and you need to use both CAD systems side by side.

Rotating the model with your middle mouse button might be programmed into your muscle memory, making it hard to switch back and forth….

Autodesk Inventor 2022 now allows you to map the MMB (Middle mouse button or Scroll wheel), and the CTRL+MMB and SHIFT+MMB overrides to ‘PAN’, ‘ZOOM’, or ‘ORBIT’.

How to change MMB navigation

To change your Middle mouse button navigation settings, go to:

Tools (Tab) > Options (Panel) > Application options (Button)

In the Application options go to:

Display (Tab) > Middle Mouse Button (Area – at the bottom of the dialog!)

For each Middle Mouse button and override, pick your preference from Pan, Orbit and Zoom.

Autodesk Inventor 2022 middle mouse button navigation mapping

Let us know how this works for you!

This change was instigated by a post in the Inventor ideas forum. Thank you all very much for your participation.

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Paul Munford

Paul Munford is a laugher, dreamer, raconteur, CAD geek and Technical Marketing Manager for Autodesk in the UK. Paul 's background in manufacturing items for the construction industry gives him a foot in digital prototyping and a foot in Building Information Modeling (BIM). Paul was a speaker at Autodesk University for the first time in 2012, and he says it's the most fun anyone can have with 250 other people in the room.

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