ETAP Keyboard Shortcuts

by Thomas Noack27. July 2015 11:49

ETAP, like many other software packages, comes with a set of keyboard shortcuts to streamline and speed your work. Many of the standard Windows can be used with ETAP. There a few special shortcut, the Auto Select options we like to point out as true time saver. We implemented an intelligent and proactive auto select feature that is time saving and intuitive. Use the Alt button and the Left Mouse Click together to select multiple elements in an instant.

Alt + Left Mouse Click on a bus 

If a bus is selected and the ALT key is pressed, then ETAP will automatically select all the loads connected to the bus. All protective devices connected to those loads will be selected. If there are branches connected to the bus, the branch components within a bounding box will be selected as well. In the below example, the text box shows the bounding box for a low voltage bus. There is a breaker and transformer T3 that fall within the bounding box, hence they will be selected. Note: The bounding box is configured to be the same distance around the element as the element ID's adjustable radius.


Alt + Left Mouse Click on a load

When the ALT key is pressed and a load is selected, ETAP will automatically select all devices connected to the load up to the bus.




Alt + Left Mouse Click on a load PD

The Auto select function can also be used on any load protective device. All elements in a straight line with the protective device will be highlighted when Alt + left mouse click is used on the protective device. The picture below shows the Auto Select function used when the devices are not in a straight line. ETAP highlighted the breaker and the contactor after Alt + Click was used on the breaker. This gives the user the ability to quickly select those two elements and drag them in line with the overload heater, cable and motor.




Alt + Left Mouse Click on a branch or branch PD

If the ALT key is pressed and a branch is selected, then ETAP will automatically select all the components connected to the branch in a straight line between the “from bus” and “to bus” of the branch. If the elements are not in a straight line, ETAP will stop the auto select function at the last inline element as done with the load pd shown above. Note: Using the Auto Select function on a branch pd will perform the same results as using the Auto Select function on a branch.





Try these shortcuts next time you open ETAP!

A complete list of keyboard shortcuts can be fund in ETAP by clicking on HELP, then HELP Search, scroll to Chapter 52 and open the Keyboard Shortcut section



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by dexter.galindo@etap.com23. June 2015 11:25

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Power Systems Study Specifications

by dexter.galindo@etap.com23. June 2015 11:21

A well-defined power systems study requirement is critical to the success of any project as it will reduce the challenge of selecting the qualified service provider and the right analysis software.


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