Keyboard shortcuts

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Scribus keyboard shortcuts

  • Should be similar to shortcuts used in Inkscape / the Gimp
  • There are many actions for which it's not possible to assign a shortcut in Scribus, eg:


ActionSuggested shortcutNotes
Edit text
Bigger font
Smaller font
Increase kerning / trackingCtrl+Shift+> ?
Decrease kerning / tracking Ctrl+Shift+< ?
Drag Pasteboard

Note: If not possible to assign a shortcut in Scribus, why the 'suggested shortcut' in the table?
We need to add the ability.--Cbradney 15:07, 14 Apr 2005 (UTC)

Any combo using shift is at this point pretty hard to track as its hard to get the base key. Eg, On my swiss french keyboard on this laptop, 1 and + are together. Shift 1 gives me a +, but the key I get back is +, and I cant find out about the 1. Even more troubling here is > and <. Shift < is >.--Cbradney 15:07, 14 Apr 2005 (UTC)

Replacement shortcut sets

Scribus 1.3 has the ability to load and save custom shortcut sets in xml files, so if someone's used to eg. Quark they can just load a Quark-like shortcut set. Hopefully this should mitigate the initial disorientation involved in switching to a new DTP prog.

I've put a couple of shortcuts xml files here to start the bowl rolling.

  • The default Scribus shortcuts should probably be included in the other keysets unless those shortcuts are assigned to something else
  • Real world testing in 1.3 to see what I've messed up
  • Identify important functions for which it's not currently possible to assign shortcuts in Scribus, eg. Edit text, Zoom in / out
  • More shortcut sets, eg. InDesign, MS Publisher, Serif PagePlus, Gimp, Inkscape (Actually Scribus should probably aim to have common shortcuts with Gimp / Inkscape as a default).

Quark 5 shortcuts are listed in this pdf. Anyone fancy hacking them out or retyping them all? :-)

How about user-definable mouse shortcuts, eg. triple-click text selects paragraph like in Word for example?

Cbradney tells me this is difficult / unlikely, but the 1.3 roadmap includes work on mouse text selection

--Joeboy 01:29, 21 Feb 2005 (UTC)

User Notes / Questions

Looking at the Gnome HIG, wonder if you would consider Ctrl++ for Zoom in and Ctrl+- for Zoom out?
Inkscape and Gimp just use + or - --Cbradney 10:05, 19 Feb 2005 (UTC)

Votes++ --Joeboy 17:53, 19 Feb 2005 (UTC)

Went with Control +/- so you can still zoom while typing. --Cbradney 23:39, 2 Apr 2005 (UTC)

Wonder if you would consider for the Story Editor

Ctrl+Shift+U for 'Update Text Frame and Exit' ?

(Ctrl+U is 'Update Text Frame')

I'm still to rewrite the menu system for Story Editor --Cbradney 23:39, 2 Apr 2005 (UTC)