Std AxisCross

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Std AxisCross

Menu location
View → Toggle axis cross
Default shortcut
Introduced in version
See also


The Std AxisCross command toggles the axis cross in the active 3D view. The related setting also affects all new 3D views, including those belonging to new documents, but not the initial 3D view of existing documents.

The axis cross consists of three arrows representing the positive X, Y and Z axis of the global coordinate system. Their common start point is the origin of the global coordinate system.

Std AxisCross example.svg

The axis cross (the letters are not part of the axis cross)


  1. There are several ways to invoke the command:
    • Select the View → Toggle axis cross option from the menu.
    • Use the keyboard shortcut: A then C.


  • FreeCAD can display a smaller coordinate system indicator in the bottom right corner of 3D views: Edit → Preferences... → Display → 3D View → Show coordinate system in the corner. See Preferences Editor.
  • The Navigation Cube also includes a coordinate system indicator.


  • The axis cross setting is stored: Tools → Edit parameters... → BaseApp → Preferences → View → ShowAxisCross.


See also: FreeCAD Scripting Basics.

To toggle the axis cross use the setAxisCross method of the ActiveView object. This method is not available if FreeCAD is in console mode.

import FreeCADGui