LyX shortcuts

Wolfgang Engelmann engelmann at
Thu Nov 5 09:06:26 UTC 2020

Am 05.11.20 um 09:44 schrieb Daniel:
> On 2020-11-05 09:23, Wolfgang Engelmann wrote:
>> 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
>> Wolfgang
> The status bar is where you see "Font: Default" with an empty document
> open. When I take the steps you did I see:
> Action: Paste text with the mouse
> Status bar text: "Paste (paste ⌘V, ⇧Ins)"
> which indicates that the paste keyboard shortcut is are ⌘V and ⇧Ins (on
> Mac).
> Action: Make text bold via the shortcut (on mac ⌘B)
> Status bar text: "Font: Bold"
> So, it seems if I trigger an action via the mouse, the shortcut is shown
> while when I already know the shortcut and press it, the shortcut is not
> shown. Makes sense to me.
> Similarly: if you press the Emphasis toolbar button with the mouse, the
> keyboard shortcut is shown, while if you press the shortcut it is not 
> shown.
> Daniel

"where you see "Font: Default""

Where should I see it?

Let's take another example:
I would like to use a Bookmark

I do
 >Navigate>Bookmarks>Save Bookmark1 and I am told to use ^ + F1

How do I invoke the status bar and how do I get this shortcut ^ + F1 
into it?

Finally I would like to have a status bar shown with a number of often 
used shortcuts in it at which I could click after having selected a 
marked sequence of words or whatever, or after being at a certain place 
in the document where the action (bookmark1) should be triggered


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