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503 Appendix A. Keyboard Shortcuts

This appendix lists many of Nisus Writer’s built-in keyboard shortcuts (some of which also involve the mouse). Shortcuts that directly correspond to a menu command are listed on the menus themselves, and so are not duplicated here. If you’d like to create a complete list of all keyboard shortcuts assigned to menu commands (even ones you’ve assigned yourself), choose Keyboard Shortcuts… from the Preferences submenu of the File menu. Click Create to create a sorted list of shortcuts.

There are two unusual things to be noted concerning keyboard shortcuts for menu commands:

  1. The shortcuts for Undo and Redo are context-dependent. Normally, pressing Command-Z is equivalent to Undo; after undoing something, pressing Command-Z again will Redo the action. However, if after undoing something you want to perform another Undo, press Command-Shift-Z. Successive application of Command-Shift-Z will perform successive Undos. Then, to perform a Redo, press Command-Z. To perform additional Redos after the first one, press Command-Shift-Z. If you get confused as to which is the appropriate keystroke at any time, refer to the Edit menu.
  2. 504 Many menu commands can be modified by one or more of the Shift, Option, or Command keys. After pulling down a menu, you can try various combinations of modifier keys to see how the menu choices change. However, submenus do not change dynamically when modifier keys are pressed. To see changes on a submenu, you must press the modifier key before choosing the submenu name.

Here, as elsewhere in this book, when I refer to the Command key, I mean the one with the “cloverleaf” () symbol (and sometimes an apple as well).

Navigation Shortcuts

To move your insertion point…

Press…

forward or backward one character

or

forward or backward one word

Option + or

505 to the beginning or end of the current paragraph

Command + or

to the beginning of the previous paragraph

Command + Enter

to the beginning of the next paragraph

Command + Return

up or down one line

or

to the top or bottom of your screen

Command + or

to the top or bottom of your document

Option + or

If your insertion point is not currently visible (i.e., you’ve scrolled to another part of your document), you can jump directly to the insertion point simply by pressing Enter.

Standard Selection Shortcuts

To extend the current selection…

Press…

one character to the left or right

Shift + or

to include the previous or next word

Shift + Option + or

to the beginning or end of the current sentence

Shift + triple-click to the left or right of the insertion point in the sentence

to the beginning or end of the current paragraph

Shift + Command + or

to the beginning of the current paragraph

Shift + Command + Enter

up or down one line

Shift + or

to the top or bottom of the screen

Shift + Command + or

to the top or bottom of the document

Shift + Option + or

to a marker, page number, or line number

Shift + choose any command on the Jump To submenu of the Tools menu

Noncontiguous Selection Shortcuts

To select this noncontiguously…

Press…

any range of text

Command + Option + click and drag

a word

Command + Option + double-click

a sentence

Command + Option + triple-click

a paragraph

Command + Option + click four times

a vertical column of text

Option + click and drag

506 Deletion Shortcuts

To delete…

Press…

one character to the left

Delete

one character to the right

Delete Forward (extended keyboards only)

left to next word start

Option + Delete

right to next word ending

Option + Delete Forward (extended keyboards only)

a marker (bookmark)

Option + select the marker from the Jump To submenu of the Tools menu

Catalog Shortcuts

To do this…

Press…

move up or down by one file or folder

or

jump to a particular file name

type the first few letters of the name

open the selected folder or file

Return or Enter or Command +

open the folder enclosing the current file

Command +

open a read-only copy of an open file

Shift + double-click file name

extend the selection up or down

Shift + or

select files or folders noncontiguously

Command + click with mouse

change volumes

Tab

set the Catalog to the folder containing the active document

Command + Shift + double-click the title bar of the document window

507 Window Shortcuts

To do this…

Press…

display the Windows submenu

Command + click the title bar of any window

display the Macros submenu

Option + click the title bar of any document window

open a macro for editing

Command + choose the macro from the Macros submenu

display the Clipboard menu

Option + click the title bar of the Clipboard window

tile all open windows

Option + click zoom box of active window

tile top two windows (side-by-side)

Shift + click zoom box of active window

stack all open windows

Option + Shift + click zoom box of active window

scroll by a full screen

Shift + click in the vertical scroll bar

close an inactive window

Command + Option + click either window’s close box

move an inactive window

Command + click and drag the title bar of the inactive window

scroll in an inactive window

Command + click any scroll control

select in an inactive window

Command + click and drag

scroll backwards

Option + click any scroll control

temporarily turn on synchronized scrolling

Shift + scroll in active window or Command + Shift + scroll in either window

508 Affecting All Open Documents

Many commands can be applied simultaneously to all open documents. To do this, press the Option key while choosing a command from a menu (or clicking a button). This works with Select All, Close (and the Close box on the title bar), Save, and Revert to Saved (changes only modified documents), plus:

In addition, any dialog box that appears repeatedly for each open document can be answered the same way for all the documents at once by holding the Option key while clicking a button. For example, if you choose Option-Close to close all open files, a dialog box will appear prompting you to save any files in which changes have been made. Option-click the Yes button to save changes in all documents, or option-click No to discard changes in all documents.

Header/Footer and Footnote/Endnote Shortcuts

To do this…

Press…

change the footnote symbol, placement, or other attributes

Shift + double-click the footnote or footnote reference number in document window

jump to the spot where a header/footer or footnote/endnote was inserted

Shift + click the close box of the header/footer or footnote/endnote window

509 Ruler and Style Shortcuts

To do this…

Press…

give the same name to all identical (unnamed)rulers

Command + Enter or Command + Return after typing in new ruler name

apply ruler changes to all paragraphs governed by the current ruler (or an identical ruler)

Command or Option + make ruler changes

jump to the next occurrence of a named ruler

Shift + choose ruler name from Ruler Name menu

change the indent of all selected paragraphs by a relative (not fixed) amount

Shift + move indent marker

open a style definition for editing

Option + choose style name from Style menu

Special Characters

The key combinations used to enter most special characters can be found by using your Key Caps desk accessory. Here are some of the most commonly used ones (not all of which appear in every font):

The Character Table… command on the Editing Tools submenu of the Tools menu will also display a list of all the characters in a font, along with their ASCII codes (in decimal and hex).

To type this character…

press this key combination…

non-breaking (“hard” or “sticky”) space

Option + Space

soft (“discretionary”) hyphen

Command + hyphen (-)

soft return (or “linefeed”)

Shift + Enter (not Shift + Return!)

Trademark

Option + 2

®

Registered Trademark

Option + r

510 ©

Copyright

Option + g

Bullet

Option + 8

en dash

Option + hyphen (-)

em dash

Option + Shift + hyphen (-)

ellipsis

Option + semicolon (;)

Table Tool Shortcuts

The shortcuts listed here for the Table Tool are the ones that differ from those in Nisus Writer (shortcuts for standard commands like Copy and Print are not listed).

Menu Commands

Command

Keyboard Shortcut(s)

Apply Settings

Command + Option + A or F5

Autosize by Columns

F9

Autosize by Rows

Command + Option + R or F11

Autosize Off

F10

Bold

Command + Shift + B

Bottom vertical alignment

Command + Shift + F

Center horizontally

Command + Shift + C

Clear

Command + B

Delete

Command + K

Entry…

Command + E

Fill Down

Command + D

Fill Right

Command + R

Find

Command + F

Find Next

Command + [

511 Group

Command + G

Headers/Both…

Command + H

Insert

Command + I

Italic

Command + Shift + I

Leading…

Command + L

Left horizontal alignment

Command + Shift + L

Lock/Unlock Headers

F14

Margins…

Command + M

Middle (center) vertical alignment

Command + Shift + M

New Footnote

Command + Option + F

Note…

Command + J

Outline

Command + Shift + O

Plain

Command + Shift + P

Print

F13

Redisplay table

Escape

Replace Next

Command + ]

Report Settings

F7

Resize Now

Command + = or F8

Right horizontal alignment

Command + Shift + R

Save Settings

F6

Scroll down one screen

Page Down

Scroll to bottom right corner of table

End

Scroll to top left corner of table

Home

Scroll up one screen

Page Up

Shadow

Command + Shift + S

Swap

Command + Option + S or F12

Title…

Command + T

Top vertical alignment

Command + Shift + T

Underline

Command + Shift + U

Ungroup

Command + U

Window #

Command + #

512 Other Commands

To do this…

press this…

Insert a column or row in any direction

Command + any arrow key (, , , )

Move to an adjacent cell

any arrow key (, , , )

Move to start of next word in cell

Option +

Move to start of previous word in cell

Option +

Move left one character in cell

Option +

Move right one character in cell

Option +

Move to next cell

Tab

Equation Tool Shortcuts

In the Equation Tool, only a few shortcuts (for commands like Copy, Paste, and Undo) are listed on the menus, but virtually every command can be activated from the keyboard. This section will list most of those. The Equation Tool offers alternative shortcuts (not listed here) for some of these commands. Consult your Nisus Writer manual for more details.

Navigation and Selection Shortcuts

To do this…

press these keys…

move one character left or right

left or right arrow key (, )

jump left or right past next template boundary

Option + left or right arrow key (, )

move up or down by one slot or line

up or down arrow keys (, )

move forward to next slot end point

Enter or Tab

move backward to last slot beginning point

Option + Enter or Option + Tab

513 To select elements as you move the insertion point, press the Shift key while using the above shortcuts. To select a template element (rather than the contents of the template), press the Option key while selecting with the keyboard or mouse.

Menu Commands

Command

Keyboard Shortcut

View Menu

100%

Command + 1

200%

Command + 2

400%

Command + 4

Redraw

Command + D

Show All

Command + Y

The following commands toggle display of various tools on and off:

Symbol Palettes

Command + Option + K

Macro Bar

Command + Option + M

Symbol Bar

Command + Option + Shift + K

Template Bar

Command + Option + Shift + T

Ruler

Command + Option + R

Format Menu

Align Left

Command + Shift + L

Align Center

Command + Shift + J

Align Right

Command + Shift + R

Nudge Left

Command + Option +

Nudge Right

Command + Option +

Nudge Up

Command + Option +

Nudge Down

Command + Option +

514 Style Menu

Math

Command + Shift + =

Text

Command + Shift + E

Function

Command + Shift + F

Variable

Command + Shift + I

Greek

Command + Shift + G

Vector-Matrix

Command + Shift + B

User 1

Command + Shift + U

User 2

Command + Shift + Option + U

(The following four commands make a style active for the next character typed only.)

Greek

Command + G

Vector-Matrix

Command + B

User 1

Command + U

User 2

Command + Option + U

Size Menu

Smaller

Command + Shift + <

Larger

Command + Shift + >

Guide Menu

Help

Command + Shift + ?

515 Inserting Symbols (Method 1)

To insert this symbol…

press Command-K followed by…

Infinity

i

Arrow

a

Derivative

d

Less than or equal to

,

Greater than or equal to

.

Times

t

Element of

e

Not an element of

Shift + E

Contained in

c

Not contained in

Shift + E

Inserting Symbols (Methods 2 & 3)

Command-K followed by a number from 1 to 0 (0 meaning 10) will insert one of the first ten symbols (counting from the left) on the Symbol Bar. Or you can press Command-Shift-K followed by a one-digit number, followed by a number from 1 to 32, followed by Return. The first number represents the symbol palette number and the second represents the number of the symbol on the palette. For example, Command-Shift-K then 59 (Return) will insert symbol number 9 from palette number 5 ().

516 Inserting Templates (Method 1)

To insert this template…

press Command-T followed by…

Parentheses

Shift + ( or )

Brackets

[ or ]

Braces

{ or }

Absolute Value

Shift + |

Fractions (vertical)

F

Fractions (slash)

/

Superscript (high)

H

Subscript (low)

L

Joint superscript/subscript

J

Root

R

Nth root

N

Summation

S

Product

P

Integral

I

Matrix (3 x 3)

M

Underscript (limit)

U

Inserting Templates (Methods 2 & 3)

Command-T followed by a number from 1 to 0 (0 meaning 10) will insert one of the first ten templates (counting from the left) on the Template Bar. Or, you can press Command-Shift-T followed by a one-digit number from 1 through 9, followed by a one- or two-digit number from 1 to 32, followed by Return. The first number represents the template palette number and the second represents the number of the 517 template on the palette. For example, Command-Shift-T then 24 (Return) will insert template number 4 from palette 2 (a slash fraction template).

Inserting Macro Expressions

Press Command-Shift-M followed by a number from 1 to 32, followed by Return. The number represents the number of the macro on the Macro Bar, counting from the left.

Inserting Spaces

To insert this space character…

press this key combination…

Zero space

Shift + Spacebar

One-point space

Command + Option + Spacebar

Thin space

Command + Spacebar

Thick space

Command + Shift + Spacebar

NOTE:
Any shortcut involving Command + Spacebar will cause your keyboard layout or input method to cycle to the next script if you have more than one WorldScript script installed in your System.

Adding Embellishments

To add this embellishment…

press this key combination…

Overbar

Command + Shift + hyphen (-)

Tilde

Command + Shift + ~

Arrow (vector)

Command + Option + hyphen (-)

Single Prime

Command + Option + '

Double Prime

Command + Shift + "

Single Dot

Command + Option + period (.)

Copyright © 1995, 1996, 1999 by Joe Kissell

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