Nate Holt's Blog

February 23, 2017

Wish known sooner #02 – Hold SHIFT key down when Surfing

Filed under: Electrical — nateholt @ 11:42 pm

Surfer works like the old AutoCAD SDI mode… a single document at a time display mode rather than the MDI multi-document mode. With this SDI-like behavior, Surfer wants to close your active drawing before it surfs on to the next drawing. A bit frustrating.

Here’s what I wish I’d known sooner… if you hold the SHIFT key down as you pick a new reference to Surf to, Surfer leaves the current drawing open and immediately opens or jumps to the new drawing. So much cleaner. So much smoother. So much better.


I believe that Pat Murnen mentioned this trick to me. Thanks Pat!





  1. I’m glad I stumbled across this.I just started using the surfer and it was driving me nuts.

    Comment by Tisha Lane — March 26, 2017 @ 12:22 pm

  2. So glad you shared this!!!

    Comment by controlsgirl — October 16, 2017 @ 11:44 am

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