[texworks] shortcuts with multiple letters

Z Br breigzach at gmail.com
Fri Mar 17 02:34:13 CET 2017

Thanks Mark but some of the other shortcuts do not work on any other
program I use:
Undo = Alt+U
Save As = Ctrl+Shift+S
My understanding of the philosophy with TW is to be flexible and allow user
modification, and that is exactly the spirit of my question

On Thu, Mar 16, 2017 at 6:53 PM, Mark Yagnatinsky <markyag at gmail.com> wrote:

> 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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