How do I toggle in and out of wireframe mode with my keyboard? Is there a hotkey for this?

I'm a beginner (obviously). I thought I could find this in the "view" menu, but it either doesn't exist or I have horrendous eyesight. Thanks!


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In any mode, if you want to switch between wireframe and solid use Z. You can also use Alt+Z for toggling x-ray.

Alternatively, you can use the viewport header.

Take a look at the manual.

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    $\begingroup$ Also to note that "SHIFT+Z", to switch between rendered and solid, only works since Blender 2.69 (AFAIK) $\endgroup$
    – Polosson
    Commented Nov 4, 2013 at 14:26
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    $\begingroup$ Updated manual link: docs.blender.org/manual/en/dev/editors/3dview/properties/… $\endgroup$ Commented Apr 21, 2017 at 8:26
  • $\begingroup$ How do I show both wireframe and solid at the same time? $\endgroup$ Commented Oct 27, 2018 at 23:12
  • $\begingroup$ @AaronFranke sadly you cannot do that directly in the viewport. But you still can show the wire one object while you're in solide mode: Properties pannel --> Object properties --> Display --> tick 'Wire' $\endgroup$
    – lucblender
    Commented Oct 29, 2018 at 7:12

I was looking for a way to toggle the Object Properties > Viewport Display > (Show) Wireframe checkbox (as seen in a video).
Didn't find the answer here, but I figured out (in Blender 3.2.2): right-click on the property name > Add Shortcut. Later we can Change Shortcut or Remove Shortcut.
The main issue is to find a key not already used by default by Blender… the video used ';' but it is already used in 3.2 for Transform Pivot Point. I chose '<'.


First select the concerned objects and Press 4 to go to wireframe mode. Press 5 to get out of it.

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    $\begingroup$ If you mean 4 on main keyboard, it will move selected object to 4th 3D layer. If you mean Numpad 4 then it will rotate the view around Z axis in the viewport. I don't have an idea where is wireframe mode related here $\endgroup$
    – Mr Zak
    Commented Apr 10, 2018 at 11:49
  • $\begingroup$ The Z key toggles between Wireframe and Solid view in the viewport window. Shift-Z toggles between Render view and Wireframe view. $\endgroup$
    – OroNZ
    Commented Apr 10, 2018 at 20:17

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