Use CATIA shortcuts so you can be faster and avoid mouse moving.
This table is from https://shortcutworld.com/CATIA-V6/win/CATIA-V5_Shortcuts
Certainly, almost every program has some sort of shortcuts. Therefore we can say it is an important thing to use. CATIA has a lot of shortcuts out of the box. But you can also put yours.
|Escape||Abort the current process or exit the current dialog box (when there is one)|
|F3||Structure tree out or insert (Toggle specification tree display on and off)|
|F10||Toggle Swap Visible Space|
|Shift+F1||Context assistance (Get help on toolbar icons)|
|Shift+F2||Toggle the specification tree overview on and off open an overview on specifications tree in a new window.|
|Shift+F3||Structure tree activate around e.g. character size to modify (activate the graph if the model is active and inversely)|
|Shift+Arrow Left/ Shift+Arrow Right||Rotate to the left / rotate to the right|
|Shift+Arrow Up/ Shift+Arrow Down||Rotate upward / rotate downward|
|Alt+F11||Visual basic wordprocessor|
|Home||Display the top of the graph|
|End||Display the bottom of the graph|
|Ctrl+Page Up/Ctrl+Page Down||Zoom in / zoom out the model or tree whichever is active|
|Ctrl+Arrow Right/ Ctrl+Arrow Left||Pan model to the right pan/pan model to the left|
|Ctrl+Arrow Up/ Ctrl+Arrow Down||Pan model to the top/pan model to the bottom|
|CTRL +Shift+Arrow Right / Ctrl+Shift+ Arrow Left||Rotate the model clockwise / rotate model counter-clockwise around Z-axis|
|Ctrl+Tab||Switch between the different windows|
|Ctrl+X/Ctrl+C/Ctrl+V||Cut / Copy / Paste|
|Ctrl+F11||Go to Preselection Navigator|
|Page Up/Page Down||Relocate graph one page up / relocate graph one page down|
|Arrow Up/Arrow Down||Relocate the graph 1/10th of a page to the top / to the bottom|
|Arrow Left/Arrow Right||Relocate the graph 1/10th of a page to the left / to the right|
|Alt+Shift+ Arrow Left||ROTATE the model|
|Ctrl+D||Activate fast multi-instantiation tool in assembly design workbench|
|Ctrl+E||Activate define multi-instantiation tool in assembly design workbench|
Defining own CATIA shortcuts
Above all best practices for making CATIA, shortcuts are to set shortcuts for constantly used tools. I work a lot in Part and Sketcher, so I’ll write mine shortcuts for those environments.
First for the Part environment:
|Alt+S||Change sketch support|
|Alt+V||Fit all in|
|Alt+2||Define in work object|
The best practice is to use just some of CATIA shortcuts at the beginning and learn it. After that, you can add even more. I use the combination with Alt but you can use Ctrl also. During modeling, I always have my left hand on my keyboard using these shortcuts.
You can use the same shortcuts for tools in different environments like Part and Sketch.