Maya keyboard shortcuts

This list of keyboard shortcuts will help you to use the large range of Maya tools in a much faster and easier way. Try to remember as many of these key combinations as you can :-)

Tool Windows shortcut  Mac shortcut
Select tool q  q
Move tool w  w
Rotate tool e  e
Scale tool r  r
Manipulator tool t  t
Last used tool (that is not select, move, rotate, or scale) y  y
Move/rotate/scale snapping  Hold down j  Hold down j
Shading > Wireframe  4  4
Shaded display  5  5
Shaded and textured display  6  6
Lighting > Use all lights  7  7
Quality 0 (default quality), 1 (rough quality), 2 (medium quality), 3 (smooth quality)  0 (default quality), 1 (rough quality), 2 (medium quality), 3 (smooth quality)
Set keyframe (animation)  s  s
Set key for rotate Shift + E Shift + E
Set key for scale Shift + R Shift + R
Set key for translate Shift + W Shift + W
Tumble (orbit) Alt + left mouse button  Alt (option) + left mouse button
Track Alt + middle mouse button Alt (option) + Command + left mouse button
Dolly Alt + right mouse button Control + Alt (option) + left mouse click
Zoom Mouse scroll (middle mouse button) Two fingers scroll on touchpad
Snap to curves Hold c while clicking and dragging Hold c while clicking and dragging
Snap to grids Hold x while clicking and dragging Hold x while clicking and dragging
Undo z (also Cmd + z)  z (also Cmd + z)
Redo Shift + Z  Shift + Z
Repeat g  g
Duplicate Ctrl + d Cmd + d
Duplicate and remember distance Shift + d and drag-click Shift + d and drag-click
Group Ctrl + g  Ctrl + g
Cut Ctrl + x Ctrl + x
Copy Ctrl + c Ctrl + c
Paste Ctrl + v Ctrl + v
Move left one pixel Alt + left key Alt (option) + left key
Move right one pixel Alt + right key Alt (option) + right key
Move down one pixel Alt + down key Alt (option) + down key
Move up one pixel Alt + up key Alt (option) + up key
Switch between views Space key and mouse hover over view panel Space key and mouse hover over view panel
Show the hot box Hold the Space key down Hold the Space key down

Hopefully these shortcuts make Maya easier to use for you. There are many more shortcuts available but these are the ones which will be used the most.