[texworks] shortcuts with multiple letters

Mark Yagnatinsky markyag at gmail.com
Fri Mar 17 00:53:12 CET 2017

I suggest you learn Ctrl + S.
Benefit #1: it's less typing
Benefit #2: It also works in every program
But even so, it would be nice if this were fixed.

On Thu, Mar 16, 2017 at 8:46 AM, Z Br <breigzach at gmail.com> wrote:

> Thanks Mark appreciate the efforts!
> My hope is to avoid having to learn a new set of shortcuts for just one
> program. Hopefully others can give a suggestion for how to do "Alt+F,S" and
> other similar keystrokes.
> On Thu, Mar 16, 2017 at 1:39 AM, Mark Yagnatinsky <markyag at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> Re: undo: why not just use Ctrl + Z?  You seem to have memorized all the
>> hard-to-use keyboard shortcuts :)
>> I spend a few minutes trying to get a script to work.  The good news is
>> that I got save working.
>> The bad news is that it pops up a dialog box with nothing but the word
>> "true".
>> Something tells me your muscle memory will NOT like this.
>> At this point someone who actually knows something about TeXworks will
>> have to take over, because I'm way out of my depth here.
>> On Thu, Mar 16, 2017 at 12:02 AM, Z Br <breigzach at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> Sorry for the clutter but here are two more threads discussing
>>> accelerators:
>>> I was unable to get the attachment in the second file to work, it seems
>>> perhaps this is aimed for a Mac?
>>> Again perhaps Mark or Alain could help out on this.
>>> https://github.com/TeXworks/texworks/issues/17#issuecomment-80291247
>>> http://tug.org/pipermail/texworks/2010q2/002606.html
>>> On Wed, Mar 15, 2017 at 9:49 PM, Z Br <breigzach at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>> And sorry I need to work on my reading comprehension: one of the
>>>> important items Mark noted is that what I am looking for is an
>>>> "accelerator" (I had not heard of that term before): the Alt key activates
>>>> the pull down menus, and if I had that I would be set.
>>>> I did a google search and a few years ago Alain seems to have discussed
>>>> this:
>>>> http://tug.org/pipermail/texworks/2013q2/005795.html
>>>> Item 1 discusses accelerators! Unfortunately the attachments have been
>>>> stripped off and I cannot find the directory mentioned there,
>>>> c:\users\<your_name>\TeXworks\translations
>>>> So Alain if you are reading this and still have those files, can you
>>>> re-post them?
>>>> Thanks again!
>>>> Zach
>>>> On Wed, Mar 15, 2017 at 9:32 PM, Z Br <breigzach at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>>> Thanks Mark. I have tried reading though that manual but am puzzled as
>>>>> to how to use that to have some key sequence lead the file to be saved:
>>>>> like where would I add in the parameters. Sorry like I said I really have
>>>>> little programming skill :(
>>>>> And as an aside yes you are correct in what I am trying for: in
>>>>> Microsoft Windows, the standard key sequence for:
>>>>> saving files is Alt <and then> F <and then> S;
>>>>> or to undo what was just written is Alt <and then> E <and then> U
>>>>> Essentially the Alt activates the pull down menu and then the other
>>>>> keys navigate the pulldown. So if I can create a shortcut or get a script
>>>>> to do this, it will be like virtually every other program I use and will
>>>>> speed my editing. I am guessing others in the Windows world would also
>>>>> benefit from this, so if I figure out a solution I will be sure to post it
>>>>> here!
>>>>> And finally not sure if there is someone on the mail list who is more
>>>>> familiar with the shortcuts. I am guessing there is a way to do what I want
>>>>> with the shortcuts.ini file but it is not well documented (what I know I
>>>>> pulled from manual, http://formal.korea.ac.kr/~jle
>>>>> e/lectures/cnce150/read/TeXworks-manual.pdf, Section A.2)
>>>>> On Wed, Mar 15, 2017 at 7:28 PM, Mark Yagnatinsky <markyag at gmail.com>
>>>>> wrote:
>>>>>> First off, I never knew about shortcuts.ini before; this is a great
>>>>>> feature and needs to be made more discoverable.  I suggest, at a minimum,
>>>>>> that a fresh TeXworks installation creates an empty shortcuts.ini file so
>>>>>> that someone might wonder what it's for.  Maybe someone should file a
>>>>>> feature request.  (Maybe me??)
>>>>>> Second, it seems a bit silly that the syntax for shortcuts in
>>>>>> shortcuts.ini does not match the syntax for shortcuts for running scripts;
>>>>>> surely those should be identical.  Sounds like another feature request.
>>>>>> Third: in what world is "Alt + F + S" a familiar keyboard shortcut
>>>>>> for saving a file!?!  The only thing I'm aware of that comes even close is
>>>>>> "Alt + F, S", which simply opens the file menu, and then selects the save
>>>>>> option.  Unfortunately, this doesn't seem to work in TeXworks, since it
>>>>>> seems that none of the menus on the menu bar have an accelerator key
>>>>>> defined, so Alt + F fails to open the file menu, and even if it did, "S"
>>>>>> does not activate save.  Yet another missing feature.
>>>>>> Finally, I'm no expert in the TeXworks scripting API, and have
>>>>>> written precisely zero working scripts, but this seems to do what you need:
>>>>>> http://twscript.paulanorman.info/docs/html/TexWorksQtScripti
>>>>>> ng.html?save.html
>>>>>> In other words, the script is a one line: TW.target.save();
>>>>>> Disclaimer: I have not tried it.  I personally just use Ctrl + S, to
>>>>>> save.
>>>>>> (Actually, this is not true.  What I actually do is Ctrl + T to
>>>>>> typeset, and rely on the implicit save just before typesetting.)
>>>>>> Hope some of this helps.
>>>>>> If not, ask again.
>>>>>> On Wed, Mar 15, 2017 at 12:28 AM, Z Br <breigzach at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>>>>> Thanks Alain!
>>>>>>> Unfortunately I am not much of a programmer and so I am unsure how
>>>>>>> to modify the script you posted to get the action I had asked about. Could
>>>>>>> you give a bit more direction, or if someone else knows if this is possible
>>>>>>> with the short cuts file that would be great too.
>>>>>>> ZB
>>>>>>> On Tue, Mar 14, 2017 at 1:32 PM, Alain Delmotte <
>>>>>>> alain.delmotte at leliseron.org> wrote:
>>>>>>>> Hi,
>>>>>>>> I don't think that it is possible with a shortcut*, but you could
>>>>>>>> have a script to do that, like this one:
>>>>>>>> ================================ chapter.lua
>>>>>>>> --[[TeXworksScript
>>>>>>>> Title: d: chapter \c&hapter
>>>>>>>> Description: Encloses the current selection in \chapter{}
>>>>>>>> Author: Alain Delmotte from Stefan Löffler & Jonathan Kew
>>>>>>>> Version: 0.1
>>>>>>>> Date: 2011-11-01
>>>>>>>> Script-Type: standalone
>>>>>>>> Context: TeXDocument
>>>>>>>> Shortcut: Alt+W, Alt+&
>>>>>>>> ]]
>>>>>>>> txt = TW.target.selection
>>>>>>>> if (txt == nil) then txt = "" end
>>>>>>>> TW.target.insertText("\\chapter{" .. txt .. "}")
>>>>>>>> TW.target.selectRange(TW.target.selectionStart - string.len(txt) -
>>>>>>>> 1, string.len(txt))
>>>>>>>> ============================
>>>>>>>> To create a \chapter{xyz} instruction I type "xyz", select this and
>>>>>>>> type Alt+W& (the key where is "1", but on my belgian keyboard it has & as
>>>>>>>> lower case). If I selct nothing I just have \chapter{}.
>>>>>>>> You have to put the script file in the scripts folder.
>>>>>>>> Regards,
>>>>>>>> Alain
>>>>>>>> * to be confirmed by the specialists
>>>>>>>> Le 14/03/2017 à 14:15, Z Br a écrit :
>>>>>>>> Hi:
>>>>>>>> I am using a shortcuts.ini file to create some custom shortcuts. I
>>>>>>>> would like to have shortcuts which involve multiple letters, e.g. the
>>>>>>>> familiar Alt+F+S to save the file. But when I include lines like this in
>>>>>>>> shortcuts.ini,
>>>>>>>> actionSave = Alt+F+S
>>>>>>>> they do not work (literally nothing happens). Shortcuts with just
>>>>>>>> one letter like
>>>>>>>> actionSave = Alt+S
>>>>>>>> do work.
>>>>>>>> Is there a way to create shortcuts with multiple letters?
>>>>>>>> Regards,
>>>>>>>> Zach
>>>>>>>> My setup:
>>>>>>>> Win7 Enterprise x64
>>>>>>>> TexWorks 0.6.1
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