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Coming from Rhino for Windows?

Are you coming from Rhino for Windows? Thinking of making the leap to OS X? Or just curious? This is a brief guide to get your bearings…

Where are the toolbars?

By default, Rhino for Mac presumes you are not coming from Rhino for Windows. If you would like to see Windows-esque toolbars, navigate to Rhinoceros > Preferences > Themes and select Rhino for Windows. You will need to start a new modeling window for these changes to take effect. For more details on the Rhino for Mac theme, see the next item…

Toolbars and tool palettes

  • Rhino for Mac has tool buttons that invoke Rhino commands in the standard Macintosh toolbar.
  • Rhino for Mac also has tool palettes that are windows containing a collection of tool buttons.
    A tool palette of frequently-used tool buttons opens at the left of the document window when Rhino for Mac starts.
  • Tool palette buttons can contain one or two commands and a menu.
  • Hover the mouse over a tool palette button to display the button's tooltip.
    If the tooltip has two lines of text, the button contains a primary and an alternate command.
    • Click the tool palette button to invoke the primary command.
    • To invoke the alternate command, hold down the Option key and click the tool button.
  • Tool palette buttons containing a menu have a small triangle in the lower left corner.
    • To open the menu, click and briefly hold the tool palette button.
  • Tool palette menus can also be displayed as floating tool palettes.
    • To display a floating tool palette, hold down the Option key and click and hold down the mouse button.



  • For easy right-mouse navigation, a two‑button mouse with a scroll wheel is recommended, but all operations are possible using a one-button mouse.
  • To duplicate right-mouse actions with a one-button mouse, hold down the Control key and click the mouse button.


  • Right-mouse button drag and Shift+right-mouse button drag operations are the same as in Rhino for Windows. See Rhino Help - Shortcuts.
    Regardless of the view projection style, hold down the Shift key to always pan, hold down the Command key to always zoom, and hold down the Command+Shift keys to always rotate the view.
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    rhino/mac/diff.txt · Last modified: 2015/06/04 by dan