Most of the time I use the "hold alt + drag middle mouse button in a direction" to rotate the view. There are often times when I want to see the top or bottom view and then rotate the top/bottom view by 180 degrees along the Z axis.

I know I can rotate the view 180 degrees by pressing the Numpad_4 or Numpad_6 keys twelve times but I rather have a shortcut I can press once or ideally, a way to do it with the middle mouse drag gestures since using the numpad is a bit cumbersome when my right hand mostly sits on the mouse.

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    $\begingroup$ You can do it with three, by pressing 4, 9, 6 on the Numpad from top/bottom view. Its a bit of a hack but it works. It takes you off orthographic mode, though. $\endgroup$
    – impresso
    May 9, 2020 at 15:06
  • $\begingroup$ I see, so it really is 4, 9, 6, 5. Thanks, that's definitely an improvement from 12 presses. Still hoping someone knows an instant way to do it though. $\endgroup$ May 9, 2020 at 15:24
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    $\begingroup$ @impresso It only takes you out of orthographic if you have 'Auto Perspective' enabled in the preferences. $\endgroup$ May 9, 2020 at 15:33
  • $\begingroup$ @RayMairlot OH I didn't know that! Autoperspective off with the setting to rotate by 90 degress is great for me, thanks! $\endgroup$ May 9, 2020 at 21:05

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Method 1

You can go into the reverse of an orthographic view (i.e. the view is rotated by 180 degrees) by adding Ctrl to the numpad number. For example Numpad 1 goes into front view but Ctrl+Numpad 1 goes into back view. This works for Numpad 1, Numpad 3 and Numpad 7.

So you can either press Numpad 1 to go into front view and then press Ctrl+Numpad 1 to reverse that view or you can press Ctrl+Numpad 1 to go directly into that view.

Method 2

It is currently taking you 12 presses to rotate the view using the number pad keys because the 'Rotation Angle' is set to 15 (degrees). Luckily, there is a user preference option to set this to a custom angle (the maximum value it can be set to is 90 degrees).

In 2.8 you can go to Edit> Preferences> Navigation> Orbit & Pan and change the 'Rotation Angle' from there:

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  • $\begingroup$ awesome! that's two taps and its the same key, dont think it gets any better than that. Thanks! $\endgroup$ May 9, 2020 at 21:06
  • $\begingroup$ Do you know if there might be a way to rotating by 90 degrees with the mouse instead? $\endgroup$ May 9, 2020 at 21:09

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