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Rotate and Zoom Your Plot in Tecplot 360


Tecplot 360 Basics Getting Started: Rotate and Zoom

You can get your plot looking exactly the way you want by using the Rotate and Zoom tools in Tecplot 360.

Follow along by downloading and extracting the files from the Getting Started Bundle. The 2.4 MB Bundle file contains data used in many of our video tutorials and contains our Tecplot 360 Getting Started Guide.

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Zoom

Once the data is loaded, you can zoom in or out on your plot by pressing the center mouse button and moving the mouse up or down.

Rotate

To rotate your data, press the Ctrl key and press the right mouse button while moving the mouse.

Origin of Rotation

The origin of rotation by default is set to the center of the data. In this case, it is set to the center of the cylinder. Change the origin of rotation by placing your cursor at one end of the cylinder. Press the “o” key on your keyboard. You can see that the origin has changed by rotating your data (press Ctrl key and press the right mouse button.

Position Your Plot Using Translate and 3D Rotation Tools

The translate and 3D rotation tools are located in the top bar under the main menu. Ctrl + Right Mouse Click + Drag will rotate regardless of the current mode. The rotation tool can also be changed by pressing the keyboard key shown in the “Mode” column in the table below.

Tool Icon Mode Shortcut Action
Zoom In Zoom Click Zoom In: Choose the magnifier icon and Click the mouse.
Zoom Out Zoom Cntl-Click Zoom out: Choose the magnifier icon and Cntl-Click the mouse.
Smooth Zoom Middle-Mouse + Drag Smooth zoom in/out
Center of Rotation o Sets the center of rotation to the location of the cursor. The cursor must be over a visible portion of the data.
Translate Translate Right-Mouse + Drag Translate data within a frame or the paper within the workspace.
Spherical Spherical Rotation s Ctrl + Right-Mouse + Drag Drag the mouse horizontally to rotate about the Z-axis. Drag the mouse vertically to control the tilt of the Z-axis.
Rollerball Rollerball Rotation r Ctrl + Right-Mouse + Drag Drag the mouse in a direction to move with respect to the current orientation on the screen. In this mode, your mouse acts much like a rollerball.
Twist Twist Rotation t Ctrl + Right-Mouse + Drag Drag the mouse clockwise around the image to rotate the image clockwise. Drag the mouse counterclockwise around the image to rotate the image counterclockwise.
X-axis X-Axis Rotation x Ctrl + Right-Mouse + Drag Drag the mouse to rotate the image about the X-axis.
Y-axis Y-Axis Rotation x Ctrl + Right-Mouse + Drag Drag the mouse to rotate the image about the Y-axis.
Z-axis Z-Axis Rotation z Ctrl + Right-Mouse + Drag Drag the mouse to rotate the image about the Z-axis.

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