For interacting with the Mathematica front-end using the keyboard: shortcut keys, KeyEvents, keyboard navigation, etc.

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Automating Esc [[ Esc formatting?

Is it possible to program the Front End to automatically format double square brackets without having to type Esc[[Esc each time? It's awful to have to type Esc ...
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Template completion

In version 8, if one evaluates test::usage="test[x,y]"; then types test, then shift-cmd-k (or shift-ctrl-k), a template ...
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Cheat sheets or reference cards for Mathematica

In order to improve my workflow with Mathematica, I'm looking for cheat sheets. The purpose of such reference cards is to be printed and to stay on the desk during the learning of a new programming ...
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How can I make an InputField with a proper newline/carriage return?

The return key does not work as expected in an InputField, how can I overcome this?
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How can I set a keyboard shortcut to run a command?

I want to use this to add a keyboard shortcut to an undo function I wrote. The basic problem is the following: I have a command, let's say x=1, and I want to run ...
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Detecting KeyUp events

Is there a way to detect when a key is released, similar to EventHandler[InputField[], {"KeyDown", "k"} :> Print["k pressed"]] It seems such detection isn't ...
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How can I change the keyboard shortcut for switching the active window?

The default keyboard shortcut (on Windows at least) for switching focus to the next window is Ctrl+F6, and for switching to the previous windows it's Shift+Ctrl+F6. How can I change this to Ctrl+Tab ...
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Best way to add KeyEvents and faster Quit

Many users have asked how to add KeyEvents to speed/improve keyboard input. This is just a random example. The technique is always the same. It requires that you ...
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Command Completion

Note: As of version 9, this functionality is available and works out of the box. I've a few questions about Command Completion in Mathematica. I recently discovered this feature, and it's really ...
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Opening a context menu (with the Menu key)

Is it by any chance possible to make the Menu key work as one would expect in Mathematica: opening a context menu? The Menu key does nothing in version 7 or 8 on Windows.
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Auto-completion doesn't work as my expectation in version 9.0

When I input the following line in version 8, and press Ctrl+K after Re, I can get a drop-down auto-completion list including ...
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Defining symbol shortcuts in the Front End

I was wondering (because I could not find any documentation on this) if it is possible to do shorthand abbreviations for domains or could one define them? E.g. In[1]:= Element[p,Complexes] ...
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How to make the suggestion box appear?

When you type a function in Matlab, quickly a suggestion box comes up showing functions similar to the one you're typing. I thought that Mathematica didn't have this but one day, I typed half of a ...
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Delete the current notebook cell using the keyboard

Is there another way than pressing Ctrl+. until the whole cell is selected and then pressing Del? If this is not built in, can I create some sort of a global macro to do this and bind it to a ...
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How can I overload autocompletion to work with full contexts?

I would like for the autocomplete feature to search through contexts, for example if I have a symbol named A`B`C`MyFunction, when I type A` and press "cmd + shift + k" it will complete it. Edit To ...
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How to automate a FrontEnd return?

I use some custom shortcut keys in KeyEventTranslations.tr. One is for the Delete All Output function: ...
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Move the cursor in a notebook using the keyboard

How can I move through a notebook using only the keyboard? If one tries to use the arrow keys, the cursor tends to get "trapped" in comments and error messages.
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Get tab key to indent a block of code

Is there some way I can change Mathematica keyboard behavior so I could select a block of text/code, press tab, and the selection would be indented to right? Similarly, I would like shift+tab to ...
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How to copy hyperlink addresses using the keyboard

I would like to copy the address of a hyperlink in Mathematica using the keyboard. I found code for copying hyperlink addresses in ContextMenus.tr: ...
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Ctrl+= opens the alpha input instead of below-script

When trying to type "traditional style" inputs such as integrals or sums, I follow the tutorial and type Esc sum Esc   Ctrl+= n=1  Ctrl+% 10 whatever However, when I type Ctrl+= it opens ...
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Create shortcut in Mathematica for “Equal Symbol Aligned Math Cell”

How do I create a new shortcut for creating a "Equal Symbol Aligned Math Cell" in Mathematica 8? Update I meant a keyboard shortcut. An "Equal Symbol Aligned Math Cell" is exactly what @Heike ...
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Enhanced “Complete Selection” (dynamic autocomplete) for Text input?

The autocomplete ("Complete Selection") feature Ctrl-K (or F2 on Windows) works fine for functions and code input. Is there a way to enhance it for text input? Today’s standard (see e.g. OpenOffice ...
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Rebinding keys to define new keyboard shortcuts

I've checked Mathematica → Preferences, and poked around the options on the toolbar. However, I don't see a way to define new keyboard shortcuts in Mathematica. I've used VIM for 10+ years, and I've ...
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Emacs key bind on Mathematica Linux

This might not be Mathematica specific question but if there is anyone who can use Emacs keybind on Ubuntu Linux, would you share how you realize it? I'm using Mathematica student edition both on ...
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Esc-esc for special characters and autocomplete in Mathematica 9 [duplicate]

I recently upgraded to Mathematica 9 and have noticed a slightly annoying behavior that I was looking to remedy. In the past I would type special characters, e.g. ...
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How can I add arbitrary code into DefaultKeyTranslations.tr?

The solution to this question on how to get latex code for a text cell (which Mathematica doesn't do correctly) was formulated as a palette but I need it as a keyboard shortcut. How can I add an ...
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How to write plain Greek in a text cell

If I create a text cell and type some greek text, most of the symbols are italics as if the cell had an Input style. It doesn't happen with latin characters. I recollect that it is impossible to fix ...
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Remap Ctrl+Space?

The Ctrl+Space keyboard shortcut is really important in Mathematica for using Placeholder[] boxes in input templates. Unfortunately, Ctrl+Space occupies the ...
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Select Cells to End of Notebook

I'd like to create a keyboard shortcut that will allow me to select all of the cells from the current cell until the end of the notebook, similar to how ShiftCtrlEnd functions when editing text in ...
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How to handle keyboard events for unselected item in CDF?

How can I force the keyboard input to work for this cell without clicking on it after I evaluate or showing a blinking selection cursor? This is for running CDF games in a browser. ...
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Evaluating selected expression using keyboard shortcut

Imagine that in this toy code I want to evaluate just the selected (blue) expression: To get as output result: {09/14,09/15,09/16,09/17,09/18,09/19,09/20} There is some shortcut to do this? I'm ...
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Front end typing lag

Under Windows 7 I frequently get serious keyboard lag. My home machine (Windows XP) NEVER lags. I was able to improve things somewhat by running Mathematica as Administrator, but this only went so ...
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Automatic replacing of [ with []

I tried to modify the KeyEventTranslations.tr file in order to always place a closed bracket instead of an open bracket once I press ...
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Is it possible to define more than 9 shortcuts for notebook cell styles?

You can define shortcuts for notebook cell styles in the stylesheet editor, by adding MenuCommandKey->"7", etc. to the style definition. That is, you can define ...
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Windows IME Chinese blocking shortcut for ctrl + space

I currently use the Windows IME on Windows Vista to allow myself to type Chinese characters (not in Mathematica), and by default typing CtrlSpace switches between the English keyboard and the Chinese ...
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The shortcut for Subsuperscript doesn't work?

The document for Subsuperscript says that: To enter a subsuperscript in a notebook, use either Ctrl+_ to begin a regular subscript or Ctrl+^ to begin a regular superscript. After typing the ...
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On a Mac OS X, Ctrl-Backspace generates ascii code 8 (backspace), which is almost invisible but very annoying

When I press Ctrl-Backspace, Mathematica inserts what looks either like a tiny white space or sometimes is invisible. Actually, though, it is an ascii character code 8, also enterable in Mathematica ...
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How to make the Menu key on my keyboard work in Mathematica

My Menu key works in Windows Explorer, Internet Explorer, many apps, but does not work in Mathematica's notebook. The function is like that of Right-Click with the mouse. Function expected: Select ...
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Capturing an F1

I teach an Intro to Mathematica course, and one of the things I try to reinforce early on is just how helpful Mathematica's help is. In the very first lab for the course, I even give the students a ...
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Why FrontEnd`KernelExecute doesn't work in KeyEventTranslations.tr?

Which commands can you put in KeyEventTranslations.tr ? There is an extensive list of FrontEndTokens, but what else can you use? Why something like this doesn't ...
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Key to get help about current function

I know you can hit F1 to pop up the documentation center, and then type the name of a function and search for it. I'd like to know if there's a key that just pops up the help page of the function ...
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Can this Part shortcut key be made to work with version 9?

In version 8 I was a frequent user of the "Use shortcut keys to easily type〚 and 〛" trick. In version 9, when I try to make the necessary change to ...
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Quick way to invert a fraction

Over the years of using Mathematica, I find myself doing something along the lines of rewriting this: $\frac{[A^-_F]}{[A^-_U] + \frac{[H^+][A^-_U]}{\kappa_1}}$ as this: $\frac{[A^-_U] + ...
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Extraneous Keyboard Shortcut for ctrl + '^' in Mathematica 8

I would like to use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl^ to enter a superscript. I have tried to type this two different ways, and each time i have gotten an undesirable result. According to the file ...
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Custom setting of HOME and END keys on mac

Is there a way to set the HOME and END keys on a Mac's keyboard to jump the cursor to the line's beginning and end respectively? ...
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Key Mapping in Command Line Mode

I would like to map Ctrl-U to "kill line" when using Mathematica 9.0 in command line mode (i.e. not within the front end, but when called from a Unix command line by "math"). I am aware that (on a ...
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Is it possible to get AltGr key to work in Math.exe?

For some reason when you run Math.exe form windows command line, Mathematica disables the AltGr key. This is a bit annoying since my keyboard locale has the keys [, ], {, }, @, $, \, | located under ...
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Cursor Position / Insertion Point

Is there a way to access (or even set) the cursor position in a Notebook? (By Cursor I refer to the keyboard input postion, or "Insertion Point". For the Mouse we have ...
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Apply a function to the current selection in place

Say a have the function foo: foo[x_] := x + 2 Like the Evalution ...
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An ancient MIDI keyboard?

There is a demostration project http://demonstrations.wolfram.com/KeyboardAndComposer/ where you can compose Western music using a 97 keys simulated midi keyboard. I study eastern and ancient music ...