Hidden Unity Shortcuts To Make Level Design Easier!

Placing an entire level precisely by eye is extremely difficult and inefficient. However, Unity has many useful built-in shortcuts for this purpose!

Convenient Unity Shortcuts:

Today I wanted to highlight a few useful Unity shortcuts which I often use to make Unity development just that little bit faster.

Shortcut 1 - Q/W/E/R/T/Y:

  • “Q”: Switch to Hand Tool.
  • “W”: Switch to Move Tool.
  • “E”: Switch to Rotation Tool.
  • “R”: Switch to Scale Tool.
  • “T”: Switch to Rect Tool.
  • “Y”: Switch to Transform Tool.

Shortcut 2- 2D Switch:

While the Scene View is the active window, pressing the “2” number key switches between 2D and 3D perspective for the Scene View.

Shortcut 3 - Grid Snap:

With the Move Tool selected, holding Control while dragging one of the axis arrows moves the object along the grid in steps.

Shortcut 4 - Vertex Snap:

By holding the “V” key while the Move Tool is selected, you can enter Vertex Snap mode. By hovering the mouse over any vertex point in an object model, you can then drag and snap the object to another vertex point of a 2nd object using the first point.

Shortcut 5 - Lock to object perspective:

With any scene object selected, press “Shift + F” to zoom and center the object in your scene view. This also works in Play Mode with moving objects.

Works for both manually-moved objects AND objects moved by live gameplay components. The object is continuously centered until you manually fly away.

Shortcut 6 - Duplication:

With any scene object selected, you can press “Control + D” to duplicate the object, creating a replica at the exact same position/orientation.

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Unity game developer / C# Programmer / Gamer. Australian (Tasmanian) indie games developer for 10+ years. Currently looking for games industry employment.

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Vincent Taylor

Vincent Taylor

Unity game developer / C# Programmer / Gamer. Australian (Tasmanian) indie games developer for 10+ years. Currently looking for games industry employment.

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