In the previous versions of Mathematica shiftesc is just interpreted as esc. This is quite convenient for me because, for example, capital Greek letters can be typed by keeping shift down and pressing escDesc.

In version 13.1 this is no longer true: shiftesc types this funny character: $^{\tiny{\textsf{ESC}}}$

My muscle memory is making me do the mistake $^{\tiny{\textsf{ESC}}}$D$^{\tiny{\textsf{ESC}}}$ all the time. Is there a way to go back to the old behavior?

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    $\begingroup$ I tried this on macOS 10.14 with Mathematica 13.1.0, and I cannot reproduce this problem. Can you update the post with information about your platform / OS and double-check that this happens only with 13.1 for you but not 13.0 (on the same system)? $\endgroup$
    – Szabolcs
    Commented Aug 22, 2022 at 9:20
  • $\begingroup$ It happens only on 13.1 and not 13.0 as far as I recall. I don't have a 13.0 installed so I'm 99% sure. I am on Linux x86_64 $\endgroup$
    – MannyC
    Commented Aug 22, 2022 at 9:29
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    $\begingroup$ Holding down shift and hitting the sequence esc-D-esc gives me capital Delta in 13.0 and badness in 13.1, on Ubuntu 18.04 Linux. $\endgroup$ Commented Aug 22, 2022 at 10:17
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    $\begingroup$ Interesting. I could not reproduce that behavior on Windows. I would report this to support. $\endgroup$
    – ihojnicki
    Commented Aug 22, 2022 at 12:13
  • $\begingroup$ Works as expected with v13.1 on a Mac $\endgroup$
    – Bob Hanlon
    Commented Aug 22, 2022 at 14:28

1 Answer 1


This will be fixed in 13.2. In the meantime, adding

Item[KeyEvent["Escape", Modifiers->{Shift}], "ShortNameDelimiter"]

to $InstallationDirectory/SystemFiles/FrontEnd/TextResources/X/KeyEventTranslations.tr will restore the 13.0 behaviour.


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