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Create and Modify Keyboard Maps

Article ID: 64
Last updated: 04 Feb, 2015

Keyboard maps are files within Case CATalyst that contain entries which determine the action that occurs, in Edit or Manage Dictionary, as a result of pressing a key or combination of keys on the keyboard.  Sometimes they are called "shortcut keys." For example in the Default keyboard map Ctrl-j is assigned to Job Define while Ctrl-b is assigned to the Break command.

Keyboard maps are customizable.  Key assignments can be modified to do a different function, play a macro, or not have any assignment.  Case CATalyst comes with two keyboard maps, Default, and Cat4kbd.  The Default keyboard map using many of the common keyboard commands found in other software; Ctrl-c (copy), Ctrl-v (paste), Ctrl-f (search), etc. 

The Cat4kbd keyboard map emulates commands similar to EZ Keys. The keys i, k, l, and h are Move Up, Move Down, Move Right, and Move left.  The j key does a J-define while the m key marks the word to the right of the cursor.  If you are used to using EZ Keys, the CAT4kbd keyboard map may be more familiar to you.

Creating a new keyboard map

  1. From Manage Jobs click on File, New, List/Table, Keyboard Map (Alt-f, n, i, k).

  2. The Create New Document dialog box appears.  In the File name: box, type a name for the keyboard map and click Open.

  3. The keyboard map opens.  To modify a key press the corresponding key on your keyboard to go directly to that section then double left click on the key or key combination to start modifying.  In this example we're going to modify Ctrl-u to be Undo Last Global instead of Number Conversion.  We pressed "u" on our keyboard and then double left clicked on u +Control.

  4. The Assign Key to Function dialog box appears. On the right hand side, in the Functions box, scroll down (or click the Search button) and single click on the function you want to use.  The functions are in alphabetical order.  Then click the Assign button. 

  5. If the key already has an assigned function, a box will appear asking if you want to replace it.  Select Yes to replace, No to cancel.

  6. The assignment will change in the "Key Currently Assigned to:" field.  Click Close to close the dialog box.

  7. Now save and close the keyboard map.

Tip:  To assign more keys, before you click Close, on the left hand side, under Key Information, you can click the drop down arrow and choose another key.  Then repeat steps 4 and 5.  Click Close when finished.

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