LyX shortcuts

Wolfgang Engelmann engelmann at
Thu Nov 5 08:23:12 UTC 2020

Am 05.11.20 um 09:05 schrieb Daniel:
> On 2020-11-03 18:23, Wolfgang Engelmann wrote:
>> Am 03.11.20 um 16:08 schrieb Daniel:
>>> On 2020-11-03 15:00, Wolfgang Engelmann wrote:
>>>> Am 03.11.20 um 12:53 schrieb Daniel:
>>>>> On 2020-11-02 08:52, Wolfgang Engelmann wrote:
>>>>>> I remember that in earlier LyX versions the shortcuts were 
>>>>>> indicated somewhere and I was thus reminded how to use them. How 
>>>>>> do I get this back? There is the LyX shortcut help file, I know. 
>>>>>> But it would help to have them faster visible.
>>>>>> Thanks, Wolfgang
>>>>> Dear Wolfgang,
>>>>> I am not sure to which "somewhere" you refer. In LyX, I see the 
>>>>> shortcuts indicated on menu entries that have shortcuts and all 
>>>>> shortcuts are listed under Preferences > Editing > Shortcuts.
>>>>> Best, Daniel
>>>> Thanks, Daniel
>>>> under shortcuts I have
>>>> bindfile cua
>>>> show key bindings and everything else is empty.
>>>> The same, if I open various help files.
>>>> Could somebody send me an example, if he/she has shortcuts listed in 
>>>> it?
>>>> Wolfgang
>>> Attached is my cua.bind file. You can normally find it in your 
>>> Library directory (path to which can be found under Help > About 
>>> LyX). If it is not there, then I expect something is wrong with your 
>>> installation. If it is there, maybe it is overridden by another 
>>> cua.bind file in your User directory (path in About LyX)?
>>> Daniel
>> Thanks, Daniel and Paul. I wasn't brave enough to click on the > 's
>> which shows a huge number of shortcuts. So my lyx seems to be ok.
>> My question is, whether there is a selection of some of the most 
>> useful shortcuts, and whether (and how) they are displayed in my lyx 
>> document.
>> Wolfgang
> Is Help > Shortcuts doing what you are after?
> Daniel
No, Daniel. I still do not understand how to get this >>>

(From User Guide 2.7)
You will learn more and more key bindings and short-cut keys as you use 
LyX, because most actions will prompt a

 >>> small message in the status bar at the bottom of LyX's main window

which describes the name of the action you have just triggered, and any 
existing key bindings for that action. The LyX menus also list the 
defined key bindings. The notation for the key bindings is very similar 
to the notation used in this documentation, so you should not have any 
problems understanding it. However, notice that Shift-modifiers are 
explicitly mentioned, so “Alt+P Shift+A” means Alt+P followed by a 
capital A.

Let' say, I paste with the mouse a few words in my document and do
Bold	Strg+Alt+B
which does what I want. But I can't see afterwards the

small message in the status bar at the bottom of LyX's main window


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