# Hotkey for selecting transform manipulator type

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

This site lists

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

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

• 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. – StarWeaver Nov 29 '14 at 23:09

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.

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.

• Ha, that's a big difference isn't it :P (2.37!=2.73) – gandalf3 Nov 30 '14 at 1:26
• Seems a fair bit has changed since then! :D – ajwood Nov 30 '14 at 2:20
• 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) – WillC Nov 3 '15 at 3:12
• Thank you for telling me about the multiple manipulator option with Shift! I find that very useful! – Isti115 Jan 13 '16 at 14:59
• How do we do this in 2.79? – Kyle Delaney Jun 3 '19 at 4:16