Inventor 2023: Orbit randomly slow

May 29, 2023 Joanna Gryszka


In Inventor 2023 some users report that starting the 3D Orbit command using SHIFT+ middle-mouse button can briefly lock up the program.


Pivot point changes made to the 3D Orbit command in Inventor 2023 can randomly cause this to occur based on the model and position in the graphics window.

It’s not possible to change this new model rotation behavior:


  • To prevent this you can try starting the Orbit command from the Navigation bar instead of SHIFT+ middle-mouse button:

  • Or center the model in the graphics windows before starting the Orbit command.

See Autodesk's reference article on the reported issue:

Update Sept 12th-Inventor 2023.4 includes the option to disable the new pivot point

The Inventor 2023.4 update includes the option to disable the new pivot point ; a Windows registry key can be added to allow the use of legacy orbit behavior:

Added a registry key to restore the legacy MMB Orbit behavior. INVGEN-70681

How to add a Windows registry key to disable closest pivot point:

Warning! Problems caused by improperly editing the Windows registry could render your computer/operating system unusable. Microsoft provides a wealth of critical information that you need to know about the registry in the Microsoft Knowledge Base.  Use the Microsoft® Registry Editor only at your own risk and only after backing up the registry as well as the system.dat and user.dat files as outlined for your operating system in the Microsoft Knowledge Base.  Additional information about the registry is also contained in the Help topics in the Microsoft Registry Editor.

Also see: Inventor 2024.1 update includes setting to toggle 'nearest model point for orbit'

About the Author

Joanna Gryszka

Manufacturing Technical Support Specialist<br><br>Joanna has over eight years of experience working with Autodesk products. She started supporting core AutoCAD and network installations of all Autodesk products. She now has five years of experience with Inventor. <br> She graduated from Mechanical Engineering and has been providing solutions to clients and dedicating her knowledge to the Solution Center since then.

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