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.

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

Ctrl-?

When editing, open the New Object dialog.  This key sequence is a mnemonic for Ctrl-/ on the main keyboard.

Ctrl-click

Select clicked object.

Alt-Ctrl-click

Deselect clicked object.

Ctrl-click and drag

Select all objects entirely within the box.

Alt-Ctrl-click and drag

Deselect all objects entirely within the box.

Shift-Ctrl-click and drag

Select all objects any part of which is within the box

Shift-Alt-Ctrl-click and drag

Deselect all objects any part of which is within the box

Ctrl-A

Select all objects.

Shift-Ctrl-A

Deselect all objects.

Ctrl-I

Invert the selection: select all objects that were not selected, and deselect all objects that were selected.

Ctrl-A followed by Ctrl-I

Select None.  A useful trick to first select all objects or tiles and then invert, resulting in no objects or tiles selected.

 

Tabs

Click a tab

Switch to that tab.

Double-click a tab

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.

 

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-T

Edit - Transform (launch Transform dialog)

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

 

Tables

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 / 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 column head for a context menu.

Ctrl-F

Edit - Find

Shift-F3

Edit - Find Previous

F3

Edit - Find Next

Ctrl-H

Edit - Replace

Ctrl-E

Edit - Schema  (launch Schema dialog)

Shift-Ctrl-V

Edit - Paste ignoring mfd_id values in pasted records.

Click row handle

Click a row handle to toggle editing status of that record.

Ctrl-Click row

Ctrl-Click a row handle to toggle selection status of that record.

Delete

Delete a selected record (row).

Double-click cell

Open the cell for editing.

Enter

Enter on the current cell opens / closes it for editing.

Ctrl-Enter

Commit all edits to the current record.

Ctrl-A

Select all records.

Shift-Ctrl-A

Deselect all records.

Ctrl-I

Invert the selection: select all records that were not selected, and deselect all records that were selected.

 

Ctrl-A followed by Ctrl-I

Select None.  A useful trick to first select all records and then invert, resulting in no records selected.

 

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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.

 

Dialogs

Dialogs may involve lists of check boxes that must be checked or unchecked as in the View - Fields dialog for tables.

 

Ctrl-A

Highlight all items.

Ctrl-I

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

Spacebar

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