LyX shortcuts

Daniel xracoonx at
Thu Nov 5 12:33:06 UTC 2020

On 2020-11-05 10:06, Wolfgang Engelmann wrote:
> 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?

See the attached screen capture. If you work in full screen it might be 
hidden depending on your setting of Hide Statusbar in Preferences > 
Editing > Control.

> 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?

The status bar is always there (with the restriction mentioned above). 
The status bar will show the shortcut briefly if you click on the menu.

> 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

Currently, the status bar only shows the shortcut for the command 
issued. I guess what you would like to see is often used commands and 
their shortcuts (maybe depending on the context). I don't think this is 
currently implemented but it might be a good idea, so you could file an 
enhancement request.

I seem to remember LyX showing possible shortcut keys in the statusbar 
once a modifier key was pressed but cannot see this currently (at least 
on macOS).

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