Mouse Commands and Keyboard Shortcuts

  1. Mouse-Driven Commands
  2. Keyboard Shortcuts
  3. Shortcut Table


Mouse-Driven Commands


Some commands are accessed through the left button of your mouse. For example, to select a row on a table or a well on the Canvas tab, simply click it. To edit a row on a table, double-click it. Double-clicking also opens items such as documents on the Explorer and items in search results.



Most commands are available through right-clicking. For example, you have right-clicked the Samples folder on the Explorer, and a list of all commands related to that item have displayed. To select a command, simply click it. Commands that appear dimmed are not available for selection.



Some commands are only available through a drag-and-drop operation. This means that you click an item, and while holding down the mouse button, drag the item to an area of the document, and release the mouse button to drop it into that area. For example, to add an ingredient to a condition, you would drag the ingredient from the Ingredients tab to the Conditions table on the Layer tab.


Keyboard Shortcuts

A quick way to access many commands is to use keyboard shortcuts, which typically consist of one or two keystrokes. When a command has a keyboard shortcut, the shortcut appears to the right of the command on one of the right-click menus. For example, you will see Ctrl+X to the right of Cut. That means that holding down the Ctrl key while pressing the X key has the same effect as selecting Cut from the right-click menu.


Shortcut Table

The following are explanations of the most common shortcuts available in ROCK MAKER:

  General Shortcuts
This command allows you to copy items such as the following things:
  • items on the Explorer
  • selected text in text fields
  • ingredients of a protein formulation
  • conditions
  • wells
You can use the Paste command to paste the copied item into another location.
This command copies and removes a layer from the canvas, an item from the Explorer, or text from a text box. You can use the Paste command to paste the cut item or text into another location.
This command pastes a copied or cut item or text.
This command saves changes made to the current document.
This command reverses the last action you performed in the current document.
This command re-performs an action previously undone.
This key is used to insert new items into a table.
This key is used to remove items from a table.
Ctrl and click and dragCopy
This command is used on the Explorer. Hold down the Ctrl key while dragging an item from one Explorer folder to another, and that item is copied instead of moved.
Ctrl and clickMulti-select
This command selects non-consecutive items on the Explorer. Press and hold down the Ctrl key, and then click each item that you want to select.
Shift and clickSelect consecutive items
This command selects consecutive items on the Explorer. Press and hold down the Shift key, and then click the last consecutive item.
Arrow keysThe arrow keys move you up and down through table rows, and left and right through table columns.
TabThe Tab key moves you from field to field when editing items in a document.
F1Opens the ROCK MAKER University.
F2Rename the name of an experiment, a project, a screen, or a protein.
F5Refresh the Explorer.

*The undo and redo functions are currently available for select actions performed in Canvas mode only.


  Plate View Shortcuts
Arrow keysThe left, right, up, and down arrow keys move between wells.
SpacebarNext unscored well.
Ctrl+Right ArrowNext inspection.
Ctrl+Left ArrowPrevious inspection.
  • Ctrl+Up Arrow
  • F11
Next focus level.
  • Ctrl+Down Arrow
  • F12
Previous focus level.

Ctrl+Plus Sign

Zoom in.
Ctrl+Minus SignZoom out.
Ctrl+0Best fit view.
Page UpNext drop number.
Page DownPrevious drop number.
Alt+Right ArrowNext imaging setting.
Alt+Left ArrowPrevious imaging setting.
Ctrl+TabNext plate.
Ctrl+Shift+TabPrevious plate.
Shift+Right ArrowPrevious region of interest.
Shift+Left ArrowNext region of interest.
Right ArrowNext well.
Left ArrowPrevious well.
Up ArrowNext well row.
Down ArrowPrevious well row.
HomeFirst well of this plate.
Ctrl+HomeFirst well of this experiment.
EndLast well of this plate.
Ctrl+EndLast well of this experiment.
Alt and mouse clickHighlights all the wells which have the ingredient currently selected by the user.
DeleteDeletes the selected annotation, scribble, or measurement.
Ctrl+QZoom in on the selected plate.
F4Switch between Design View, Image View, Ingredients View, and Score View.
Ctrl+F4Close current active tab.
F5Refresh the Plate view.
Press mouse wheel and dragPressing the mouse wheel and dragging the mouse across the canvas will drag the canvas.
Right-click and DragIf you select an area on the Canvas, then right-click and drag, you will zoom in on that area.


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