Mysterious shortcuts in ID Editor

Posted by Yuanls on 17 November 2017 in English (English)

I have rediscovered some shortcuts I found a few months ago. I had forgot what they were until now. Here are 3 undocumented tools on the ID editor I found through chance. They seem to be little known and inaccessible without these shortcuts; I have not seen them mentioned elsewhere on OGF, or on the wider internet.

Navigable map

Bring up a small map of your surrounding area on the top left of the screen. It can be used to jump large distances by dragging the map. This can be activated by pressing the forwards slash (/) key.

Wireframe view:

Does what it says on the tin. Press the W key.

Information box:

Select an object and a tab appears in the bottom right of the screen. This gives the object's ID, and its length if it is a line, and the object's perimeter and area if it is an area. Press Ctrl+I.

I hope this makes ID a bit more bearable for its users.

EDIT: All 3 functions are listed on the 'shortcuts' page of the OSM wiki. They are quite easy to miss and are not separated from the standard functions, however.

Comment from Jesus Antonio on 17 November 2017 at 20:41

emm. i already knowed Ctrl+I and W key.

Butm thanks for the Nav Map that really help me (i can't uses JOSM so i use iD)

There are some extra shorcut keys that can help in this diary entry:

Ctrl+X: Delete selected object Ctrl+C: Copy object Ctrl+V: Pastate object

I think that iD is like or best than JOSM (it is more user friendly, minus complex) in my view point.

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Comment from zhenkang on 18 November 2017 at 03:58

I use both JOSM and iD- JOSM for large scale projects and iD for minor edits. Just hope I don't mix the two shortcuts up! Haha.

@Antonio you download JOSM in .exe and see how. I encourage JOSM as it is rather more efficient without clicking too much.

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Comment from Ernestpcosby on 18 November 2017 at 04:19

Those are actually some really helpful points, Yuanls, thanks. I rarely touch iD anymore since I got the hang of Potlatch 2 but these functions might come in handy until I have time to learn JOSM.

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Comment from Jesus Antonio on 18 November 2017 at 14:57

@zhenkang I sayed in some of my diary entries and i cant edit in JOSM because i dont know why, iam doing everything fine but i cant make edits in OGF

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Comment from zhenkang on 19 November 2017 at 01:31

OK. I am not trying to force people to use JOSM, but JOSM have some functions ID does not have.

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Comment from The_Cute_Chick on 10 March 2018 at 09:36


I thank you for sharing these shortcuts! It will help me a great deal in future mapping. Especially the third shortcut; I map bus lines and it is often good to know how long they are, so I do not make relations that are too long and cause technical problems! This will also improve how I scale my buildings!

I hope there are more hidden shortcuts in iD waiting to be discovered by me.


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Comment from The_Cute_Chick on 10 March 2018 at 09:38


You have also helped me realise why I sometimes go into wireframe mode for no reason at all. Now I know to press W.

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