Is there a hotkey or shortcut to change the type of the active transform manipulator?

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This site lists

  • CtrlAltG for translate
  • CtrlAltR for rotation
  • CtrlAltS for scale

none of which work for me. Are these the correct current shortcuts?

  • $\begingroup$ Ok, i swear there used to be a something+space hotkey that popped up a menu which you could then click or hit 1,2,3 to pick from, but all i can find about manipulators at all is the one to toggle it on and off. $\endgroup$
    – Weaver
    Commented Nov 29, 2014 at 23:09

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First what you linked to is for blender version 2.37 not 2.73, so the shortcuts are wrong.

To add a shortcut to switch the manipulator type; open up the user preferences.
Under the Input tab add a new shortcut under 3D View > 3D View (Global). Type view3d.enable_manipulator in to the identifier field, then just check one of the grayed out boxes for Translate, Scale, and Rotate. The only hard part will be finding 3 unused shortcuts to use for the new transform manipulator shortcuts. user preferences

Other transform manipulator shortcuts:
Ctrlspace is the default shortcut to toggle on and of the transform manipulator.
Altspace open a menu to change the orientation type.
When using the buttons in the 3D view header, holding Shift allows for more then one manipulator type to be active at a time.

  • $\begingroup$ Ha, that's a big difference isn't it :P (2.37!=2.73) $\endgroup$
    – gandalf3
    Commented Nov 30, 2014 at 1:26
  • $\begingroup$ Seems a fair bit has changed since then! :D $\endgroup$
    – ajwood
    Commented Nov 30, 2014 at 2:20
  • $\begingroup$ I ended up using ALT+ Numpad 1 for Translate, ALT+ Numpad 2 for Rotate, ALT + Numpad 3 for Scale. Also, ALT+ Numpad 0 to toggle Manipulator (even though default is CTRL + Spacebar) $\endgroup$
    – WillC
    Commented Nov 3, 2015 at 3:12
  • $\begingroup$ Thank you for telling me about the multiple manipulator option with Shift! I find that very useful! $\endgroup$
    – Isti115
    Commented Jan 13, 2016 at 14:59
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    $\begingroup$ How do we do this in 2.79? $\endgroup$ Commented Jun 3, 2019 at 4:16

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