The image below illustrates some of the major features of the Rhino window.
The menus group Rhino commands by function.
The application toolbar contains controls for various parts of the interface.
Shows or hides the left sidebar.
Turns on grid snap.
Turns on ortho mode.
Turns on planar mode.
Enable SmartTrack object snaps.
Enable the gumball object manipulator.
Start recording command history.
Displays the object snap popover.
Displays the Properties popover.
Click the Layer pane to access quick controls for setting the selected object's layer or to change layer visibility and status.
Shows or hides the right sidebar.
The Left sidebar contains the command box, command toolbars and the object snap list.
The command box displays a typed command. Once the command is accepted, the prompts, options and a value box appear in this space.
Command options change how a command acts. For example, when you draw a circle, the circle is normally drawn on the active construction plane. The Circle command has several options including Vertical and AroundCurve.
To use a command option, click the option name, or type the underlined letter of the option or the whole option name.
Many tasks in Rhino are repetitive. You might want to move or copy several objects, for example. Methods for repeating commands are provided.
Commands tool palettes contain graphical icons for initiating commands. Many icons have a second command that you can access by right-clicking or pressing the Option while clicking the icon. The tooltip that appears when you hover over the icon tells you what the left and right mouse button do.
If you are using a one-button mouse or a track pad, to access the second command, hold the Option key and click.
Contains persistent object snap toggles. More...
Viewports display the Rhino working environment including object display, viewport title, background, construction plane grid, world axis icon. More...
History panel contains the command history. One line with the last command appears on the status bar.
The Viewport control bar contains options for setting the viewport layout.
Sets up a four-viewport layout with a top, right, front, and perspective view.
Sets up a single-viewport layout by maximizing the current viewport.
Click to make a viewport current. This is especially useful in a one-viewport layout.
Opens the layouts for the model.
The Right sidebar contains the panels for layers, properties, and other settings.
The icons determine which panel appears in the sidebar inspector.
Right-click the inspector toolbar to select which icons to display.
When only one item is left, its name appears in the toolbar instead of the icon list.
Displays the Layers panel.
Displays the Properties panel.
Displays the Notes panel.
Displays the Block Manager panel.
Displays the Named Views panel.
Displays the Named CPlanes panel.
Displays the Command History panel.
Displays the Viewport Properties panel.
Displays the Display Properties panel.
Displays the Command Help panel.
The status bar panes display the coordinates of the cursor in construction plane or world coordinates.
The construction plane/world coordinates toggle.
The mouse cursor x location.
The mouse cursor y location.
The mouse cursor z location.
The ToggleLeftSidebar command shows or hides the left sidebar of the main modeling window.
This is the same as clicking the leftmost icon in the toolbar. This is especially useful as a Screen Edge command.
The ToggleRightSidebar command shows or hides the right sidebar of the main modeling window.
This is the same as clicking the rightmost icon in the toolbar. This is especially useful as a Screen Edge command.