The Rhino window

The image below illustrates some of the major features of the Rhino window.


The menus group Rhino commands by function.

Application toolbar

The application toolbar contains controls for various parts of the interface.

Left sidebar

Shows or hides the left sidebar.

Grid Snap

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.

Show object snaps

Displays the object snap popover.

Show object properties

Displays the Properties popover.

Current layer

Click the Layer pane to access quick controls for setting the selected object's layer or to change layer visibility and status.

Right sidebar

Shows or hides the right sidebar.

Left sidebar

The Left sidebar contains the command box, command toolbars and the object snap list.

Command box

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

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.

Choose a command option

  1. Type Circle
    As soon as you have typed enough letters to uniquely identify the command, the Circle command automatically completes at the prompt. Press the Enter key or click the command name in the list.
  2. The options for the Circle command appear:
  3. Center of circle:



    2 Point

    3 Point


    Around Curve

    Fit Points

  4. To draw a circle vertical to the active construction plane, use the Vertical option.
    Click Vertical, or type V.

Repeat the last command

Many tasks in Rhino are repetitive. You might want to move or copy several objects, for example. Methods for repeating commands are provided.

To repeat the last command


Commands tool palette

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.

To access the command on the first line

  • Click the icon with the left mouse button.

To access the command on the second line

  • Click the button with the right mouse button.
    Or hold the Alt key and click.

Object snaps

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...

Viewport context menu

When no object is selected


Show Selected Objects

Unlock Selected Objects

Show Hidden Points

Points Off

Object Properties

Object Information

Grid Options

Viewport Properties








When objects are selected


Hide Objects

Lock Objects

Control Points On

Object Properties

Object Information

History panel

History panel contains the command history. One line with the last command appears on the status bar.

Viewport control bar

The Viewport control bar contains options for setting the viewport layout.

Four viewports

Sets up a four-viewport layout with a top, right, front, and perspective view.

One viewport

Sets up a single-viewport layout by maximizing the current viewport.

Perspective | Top | Front | Right

Click to make a viewport current. This is especially useful in a one-viewport layout.


Opens the layouts for the model.

Right sidebar

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.

Status bar

The status bar panes display the coordinates of the cursor in construction plane or world coordinates.

CPlane / World

The construction plane/world coordinates toggle.


The mouse cursor x location.


The mouse cursor y location.


The mouse cursor z location.

Related commands


Toolbar Menu

Not on toolbars.

Not on menus.

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.




Toolbar Menu

Not on toolbars.

Not on menus.

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.

See also

Rhino Wiki: Mac User Interface Features




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