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





Case Study Presentation Videos - ETAP User Conference 2015

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

Sign in / Register to gain unlimited access to selected user case studies and video presentations including topics debuted at the ETAP User Conference 2015.


Highlighted case study presentations:

  • Protective Coordination and Arc Flash Analysis in Mission Critical FacilitiesEYP Mission Critical Facilities
  • Revisiting Intelligent Load Shedding benefits at PT Newmont after a decade in service - PT Newmont
  • Integrated System Modeling for Traction Power SystemsNetwork Rail
  • ETAP GRID™ - Linking government, industry, and academia - UC Irvine

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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.


The system study specification document should describe the scope of the project, analyses types, and the required deliverables.  The study specification must be tailored for a particular industry and will vary based on the type of analysis for existing or new facilities.


Fortunately, you don't have to start from scratch.  We have put together a sample power systems analysis study spec to help you in preparing a detailed requirement for Short Circuit, Protective Device Coordination, and Arc Flash Analysis studies.

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Arc Flash Analyzer Program - Subscribe at 30% of the Price

by dexter.galindo@etap.com23. June 2015 11:19

ETAP Arc Flash Analyzer Program is offered as a subscription license, making it available at a fraction of the purchase (perpetual license) price.


ETAP Arc Flash Analyzer Program is a dedicated package for the assessment of arc flash hazards and arc flash incident analysis. This subscription-based licensed package gives the user access to ETAP at minimal cost. Order a subscription today at 30% of the purchase price.

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Renewable Module - Special Limited Time Offer!

by dexter.galindo@etap.com23. June 2015 11:04

ETAP offers comprehensive renewable energy models combined with full spectrum power system analysis calculations for accurate simulation, predictive analysis, equipment sizing, and field verification of wind and solar farms.

For a limited time, get 25% off the purchase of ETAP Renewable module. Offer ends August 1, 2015.

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Schneider Electric Standardizes on ETAP

by dexter.galindo@etap.com23. June 2015 10:49

Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management and automation has chosen ETAP’s power system engineering and operation solution for its services business.


ETAP provides Schneider Electric higher design reliability and quality, rule-based analysis, and automation capabilities that will help to optimize and fast track project engineering design and analysis processes.

“ETAP is a proven technology leader and it is a strategic decision for Schneider Electric to standardize on ETAP.  ETAP is helping us to create a highly efficient environment for power system modeling, design, analysis, and operation.  Our deployment is already reducing costs and improving productivity across our business.  We look forward to expanding the use of ETAP across all our projects and enhance our partnership with ETAP.” Said  Udaya Devineni, senior vice president of Schneider Electric US services.

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Auto-Build and Short Circuit Analyzer Webinar

by dexter.galindo@etap.com23. June 2015 10:33

Auto-Build is a new powerful feature in the ETAP 14 release that provides rule-based automated designs that enable engineers to significantly reduce the amount of hours spent on creating a one-line diagram.


Short Circuit Analyzer is a time-saving software tool that compares and filters various short circuit analysis reports coming from different scenarios in a single display.

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ETAP Powering Success video

by dexter.galindo@etap.com1. May 2015 12:20

ETAP has been "Powering Success" for nearly 30 years by providing the most comprehensive and widely-used enterprise solution for the design, simulation, operation, control, optimization, and automation of generation, transmission, distribution, and industrial power systems.

Watch the video


User Conference

ETAP 2015 User Conference User Conference 2015 - Great Success!

by dexter.galindo@etap.com1. May 2015 12:11

ETAP would like to thank our customers, partners and colleagues for a remarkable User Conference 2015.

This event marked a milestone for ETAP as this was our first global user conference bringing together over 300 electrical power system engineers, users, partners, and industry leaders from more than 180 companies from around the world to Irvine, California.  The featured conference presentations will be made available soon.

And don’t forget to SAVE the date for 2016
April 18 – 20 in Irvine, California

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Preview of the upcoming ETAP 14 release!

by dexter.galindo@etap.com1. May 2015 12:03

Gain a competitive edge and accelerate system design and analysis with ETAP 14.  The new graphical foundations deliver unmatched speed, intelligence and reliability to increase productivity by at least 50 percent.  ETAP 14 offers powerful rule-books, result analyzers, sizing, and automated evaluation tools to reduce engineering time, enforce standards, ensure design integrity, and optimize system operation. ETAP 14 is scheduled to be released in June of this year.

If you are an existing user and would like to participate in the ETAP 14  Beta release program, login or register at ETAP Help Desk and submit your request today - Contact support for assistance at

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