Is there a button or a shortcut that will align the view to the nearest global axis?

For example: You use the shortcut that will the align view so that you're looking down the X axis. Then you rotate the view slightly (say 10 degrees, for example). Is there a shortcut that will snap the view back to the X axis because it's the closest one?

If I had manually rotated the view more than 45 degrees away from the X axis and then used the shortcut that I'm seeking, I would like it to snap to the closest of the other two global axes.

In Unity there's a control in the top right-hand corner of the view that lets you quickly align the view to a specific axis. The control rotates with the view, meaning that if you keep clicking on the handle on the right-hand side of the control, the view will keep rotating around the pivot in the same direction.

If I have to install a plugin to enable this, I'm willing to do so.

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  • $\begingroup$ If you use Shift+Numpad 1, 3 or 7 to align view to selected face and then press Numpad 4 or 6 it will rotate around current viewport camera location, so viewport will continue being aligned with the axis specified above $\endgroup$ – Mr Zak Feb 3 '18 at 12:52
  • $\begingroup$ Thank you for your suggestion, but it would not align the view to the nearest global axis, unless I've misunderstood you. Aligning the view to a selected face when you're trying to align the view to the global axis would require that the face is already aligned to the global axis. Besides, before pressing Shift+Numpad 1, 3 or 7, I would have to first check which axis I'm looking down and then decide whether to press 1, 3 or 7. $\endgroup$ – Ady M Feb 6 '18 at 7:00
  • $\begingroup$ I don't believe there is a built-in shortcut that does what you want but if you hold the Alt key down while tumbling, the view will snap to orthographic views. $\endgroup$ – Xtremity Apr 29 '20 at 3:48

If you have a number pad it is quite easy otherwise it is under view


  • $\begingroup$ Thank you for your answer, but I don't think it answers the question. Which button would you press to align the view to the nearest axis? $\endgroup$ – Ady M Feb 6 '18 at 6:51
  • $\begingroup$ Did you even check the link? I don't think there is a shortcut to align the view to the nearest axis, probably because it would need extra logic but the number pad is used for the view. $\endgroup$ – Alfons Marklén Feb 6 '18 at 17:31
  • $\begingroup$ if you really need to set the view to weird angles you can use the camera for it. $\endgroup$ – Alfons Marklén Feb 6 '18 at 17:32
  • $\begingroup$ Yes, I did check the link. This isn't the first time I've looked through that cheat sheet. I'm confused. Why would you say "If you have a number pad it is quite easy" if you don't think there is a shortcut to align the view to the nearest axis? Were you talking about rotating the view around the object when you wrote that? $\endgroup$ – Ady M Feb 7 '18 at 18:18

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