Keyboard and Mouse Quick Reference

This topic lists the most frequently used keyboard shortcuts and mouse moves.  Most such actions are the usual, standard Windows actions, such as Ctrl-C to Copy and Ctrl-V to Paste.   As is typical for Windows and Windows applications, many actions are dependent upon the context in which they are used.

 

Manifold nomenclature in this manual uses a hyphen character - to connect a modifier and a keyboard character, as in Ctrl-C.   That is slightly different than citations in menus where a plus character + is used as in Ctrl+C to indicate the two keys, the Ctrl key and the c character key, must be pressed together.

 

By convention, to enhance readability characters are presented as upper case, as in Ctrl-C instead of a lower case variation Ctrl-c.   This risks some slight confusion because the intention in such modifier plus single character shortcuts is to use the lower case character.   In a shortcut if the Shift key is intended to be used it is always explicitly cited, as in Shift-Ctrl-S or Ctrl-Shift-S.  

 

Some characters or keys that are easy to misinterpret or difficult to document without visual confusion are spelled out in this list.   Press the actual character, for example in Ctrl-Plus press the Ctrl key simultaneously with the + key on the numeric pad.   Do not attempt to press the Ctrl key while simultaneously pressing the four keys P, l, u and s.    Different keyboards have different arrangements, but in general the use of +, -, /, and * keys means to use those keys that are located on the numeric pad, and not the shifted versions of keys in the main keyboard array.

 

Menu items will usually list the keyboard shortcut associated with that item.   If the menu item and keyboard shortcut are hidden or disabled, that indicates the item cannot be used in the current context.   For example, unless the focus is on a window such as an Image window there is nothing to style and thus the Style dialog is not enabled.

Top Level Menu

Ctrl-N

File - New

Ctrl-O

File - Open

Ctrl-S

File - Save

Ctrl-P

File - Print

Ctrl-X

Edit - Cut

Ctrl-C

Edit - Copy

Ctrl-V

Edit - Paste

Delete

Edit - Delete

Ctrl-A

Edit - Select All

Ctrl-I

Edit - Select Inverse

Ctrl-W

Edit - Style (launch Style dialog)

Ctrl-Tilde

View - Command Window - SQL (the tilde character is the ~ key)

Ctrl-Plus

View - Zoom In  (the Plus character is the + key on the numeric pad)

Ctrl-Minus

View - Zoom Out  (the Minus character is the - key on the numeric pad)

Ctrl-Slash

View - Zoom to Native  (the Slash character is the / key on the numeric pad)

Ctrl-Mul

View - Zoom to Fit  (the Mul character is the * key on the numeric pad)

F7

View - Messages

Ctrl-L

View - Panes - Log Window

Ctrl-F4

Window - Close

Ctrl-Tab

Window - Next

Shift-Ctrl-Tab

Window - Previous

 

Map Windows

Selection moves in a map apply only to the active layer.

 

Click and drag

Pan the display

Right-click and drag

Zoom to the box.

Wheel

Zoom in / out

 

 

Select

 

 Ctrl-A

Select all.

Ctrl-I

Invert the selection.

Ctrl-click

Select the object.

Ctrl-click and drag

Draw a selection box to select all objects any part of which is within the box.

Ctrl-click-and-drag <release Ctrl> <finish dragging>

Draw a selection box to select all objects entirely within the box.  

 

 

De-Select

 

Shift-Ctrl-A

Select none.

Ctrl-A followed by Ctrl-I

Select none.  A useful trick that is quicker for some people.

Shift-Ctrl-click

De-select the object.   No effect if the object is not selected.

Shift-Ctrl-click and drag

Draw a selection box to de-select all objects any part of which is within the box.

Shift-Ctrl-click <release Ctrl> <finish dragging>

Draw a selection box to de-select all objects entirely within the box.  

 

 

Tabs

 

 Drag and Drop

Add a new layer from the Project pane.

Click

Switch to that tab.

Double-click

Turn layer for that tab on or off for display.

Alt-click

Alt-click a tab or title bar to undock or dock.

Ctrl-click

Ctrl-click to move docked window or pane into second docked row.

Drag a tab

Drag a tab to reorder in a stack of tabs.

 

Layouts

 Drag and Drop

Add a new frame from the Project pane.

Edit - Delete

Delete selected frames.  Ctrl-click a frame to select it.

Alt-click

Resize or move a frame to resize or move it.

Double-click

Put the frame into exclusive pan/zoom mode.

Esc

Exit alt-click or ctrl-click mode.

Click

Click outside a frame to exit alt-click or ctrl-click mode.

File - Page Setup

Set paper size, orientation of Portrait or Landscape, and margins.  Layouts save changes in page setup.

File - Print

Launch the usual Windows dialog to print the layout.

Layers panel

Set vertical order, transparency of a frame, show/hide frames, delete frames

   

Select

 

 Ctrl-A

Select all.

Ctrl-I

Invert the selection.

Ctrl-click

Select or de-select the frame.   Ctrl-clicking a selected frame will de-select it.

Ctrl-click and drag

Draw a selection box to select all frames any part of which is within the box.

Ctrl-click-and-drag <release Ctrl> <finish dragging>

Draw a selection box to select all frames entirely within the box.  

   

De-Select

 

Shift-Ctrl-A

Select none.

Shift-Ctrl-click

De-select the frame.   No effect if the frame is not selected.

Shift-Ctrl-click and drag

Draw a selection box to de-select all frames any part of which is within the box.

Shift-Ctrl-click <release Ctrl> <finish dragging>

Draw a selection box to de-select all frames entirely within the box.

   

Text Frames

 

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Click the text frame button and then click into the layout. Edit text contents and style in the Style panel, and resize / move the text frame

 

Tables

Click column head

Click a column head to sort the column.  

Drag column head sides

Resize columns.   Reorder columns using the Layers panel.

Layers panel

Specify order, width, show/hide columns.

Click a cell

Click a cell to make it the current cell.

Arrow keys

Move the current cell in the direction of the arrow.

Page Up / Page Down

Move the current cell one window's worth of records up or down.

Home

Move the current cell to the left-most column of the current record.  Scrolls the record into view.

End

Move the current cell to the right-most column of the current record.

Ctrl-Home

Move the current cell to the first record of the table in the current column.

Ctrl-End

Move the current cell to the last record of the table in the current column.

Right-click

Right click a cell to Add Filter / Copy / Paste / Delete / Edit cell contents.

Ctrl-F

Edit - Find

Shift-F3

Edit - Find Previous

F3

Edit - Find Next

Ctrl-H

Edit - Replace

Ctrl-E

Edit - Schema  (launch Schema dialog)

Ctrl-C

Copy selected records to clipboard.

Ctrl-V

Paste records from clipboard.

Shift-Ctrl-V

Paste records from clipboard ignoring mfd_id values in pasted records.

Ctrl-F2

Copy contents of the selected, context cell to all selected records.

   

Editing

 

*

Double-click into the * row to begin adding a new record.

Delete

Delete selected records.

Double-click

Open the cell for editing.

Enter

Open / Close the current cell for editing.

Ctrl-Enter

Commit all edits to the current record.

   

Select

 

 Ctrl-A

Select all.

Ctrl-I

Invert the selection.

Ctrl-click

Select or de-select the record.   Ctrl-clicking a selected record will de-select it.

Shift-Ctrl-click

Immediately after ctrl-clicking a record to select it, Shift-Ctrl-clicking on another record will select all records in a swath to the previously selected record.

   

De-Select

 

Shift-Ctrl-A

Select none.

Ctrl-A followed by Ctrl-I

Select none.  A useful trick that is quicker for some people.

Ctrl-click

Select or de-select the record.   Ctrl-clicking a selected record will de-select it.

Shift-Ctrl-click

Immediately after ctrl-clicking a selected record to deselect it, Shift-Ctrl-clicking on another record will deselect all records in a swath to the previously deselected record.

 

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Tech Tip:  The Home key is particularly useful in tables because it will always move the cursor to the first field and also will scroll the table so that the current cell is in view.   For example, if we use Edit - Find to find a record to scroll to that record we press the Home key to quickly bring it into view.

 

Command Window

F5

Run the query.

Alt-Enter

Run the query.  If any of the text in the command pane is highlighted (that is, selected) Alt-Enter will run only the elected text.

Shift-Alt-Enter

Evaluate the highlighted text as an expression.   Equivalent to prepending ? to the selected text and evaluating it as an expression.

 

Contents Pane

Ctrl-1

Switch to Component panel.

Ctrl-2

Switch to Layers panel.

Ctrl-3

Switch to Record panel.

Ctrl-4

Switch to Select panel.

Ctrl-5

Switch to Style panel.

Ctrl-6

Switch to Transform panel.

 

Dialogs and Panes

Dialogs may involve lists of check boxes that must be checked or unchecked as in the Layers panel.

 

Ctrl-A

Highlight/select all items.

Ctrl-I

Invert selection: highlight all non-highlighted items and de-highlight all highlighted items.

<spacebar>

Toggle check box status (checked or unchecked) for highlighted fields.

 

Text Windows (Command Window / Comments)

Ctrl-A

Highlight all.

Ctrl-C

Copy to the clipboard.

Ctrl-X

Cut to the clipboard.

Ctrl-V

Paste from the clipboard.

Ctrl-K

Comment the line. (Command Window)

Shift-Ctrl-K

Uncomment the line.  (Command Window)

Ctrl-T

Increase line indent.

Shift-Ctrl-T

Decrease line indent.

Ctrl-U

Make selected text lower case.

Shift-Ctrl-U

Make selected text upper case.

Arrow keys

Move the cursor in the direction of the arrow.

Page Up / Down

Move the cursor one window up or down.

Home

Move the cursor to the left-most character of the current line.

End

Move the cursor to the right-most character of the current line.

Ctrl-Home

Move the cursor  to the first line.

Ctrl-End

Move the cursor to the last line.

Ctrl-F

Edit - Find

Shift-F3

Edit - Find Previous

F3

Edit - Find Next

Ctrl-H

Edit - Replace

Ctrl-]

Move cursor to matching bracket. Available when cursor is next to a bracket.  <>, [], (), {} match across lines.   #, ' and " match within same line only.  

Shift-Ctrl-]

Move cursor to matching bracket and select all in between, inclusive.  Available when cursor is next to a bracket.  <>, [], (), {} match across lines.  #,  ' and " match within same line only.