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rainsley
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Keyboard shortcut for Macros: problem

Post by rainsley » 2006-05-27 03:47:54

I want to assign a keyboard shortcut (let's say CTRL-B) for a Macro (let's say one which puts <b> before the selected text and </b> after it).

Making the Macro is no problem. But trying to assign the keyboard shortcut via Menu Keys doesn't work. Though it shows up on the drop down menu, applying the keyboard press has only the effect of unselecting the text.

The macro itself works OK, but only via the Macro dropdown, which is too slow to be useful.

Any ideas?

And how can I get rid of the Macros I don't want? They always reappear on the Macros menu even if I try to move them somewhere else!

And why can't I search and replace over all open documents like I could on the free old version of Nisus I used on my OS9 Mac?

And how can I stop spurious spaces being inserted whenever I try to cut and paste text involving angled brackets?

And, and, and....!

Rob Ainsley

(I have an eMac with OS 10.4.6 running Nisus Writer Express 2.6.1)

dshan
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Re: Keyboard shortcut for Macros: problem

Post by dshan » 2006-05-27 05:02:43

Making the Macro is no problem. But trying to assign the keyboard shortcut via Menu Keys doesn't work. Though it shows up on the drop down menu, applying the keyboard press has only the effect of unselecting the text.

The macro itself works OK, but only via the Macro dropdown, which is too slow to be useful.

Any ideas?

>The only way to execute macros is via the Macro menu unfortunately.
>You can't assign keyboard shortcuts to them. I think this feature has
>been requested previously.

And how can I get rid of the Macros I don't want? They always reappear on the Macros menu even if I try to move them somewhere else!

>I know of no way to get rid of Nisus supplied macros, they get
>restored each time you restart NWX. It's a feature. You can delete any
>you create yourself.

And why can't I search and replace over all open documents like I could on the free old version of Nisus I used on my OS9 Mac?

>Becaue this ain't OS 9 and NWX is not the same product as
>the old Nisus Writer Classic. Several people have requested this
>feature be added to NWX, hopefully it will be one day.

And how can I stop spurious spaces being inserted whenever I try to cut and paste text involving angled brackets?

>You can't. Both NWX and Mac OS X tend to assume pasted content is
>regular English (or whatever language you're using) text, not HTML,
>Javascript, etc., and space it accordingly. Smart pasting is a feature.
>If you're writing code use a text editor not a wordprocessor, they
>usually do dumb pastes.
>N.B. TextEdit is inconsistent here - it doesn't surround pasted text
>with spaces if you selected the text with a mouse swipe but it does
>surround it with spaces if it was selected by double-click. Weird.

Jzents
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Re: Keyboard shortcut for Macros: problem

Post by Jzents » 2006-06-13 19:28:14

dshan wrote:Making the Macro is no problem. But trying to assign the keyboard shortcut via Menu Keys doesn't work. Though it shows up on the drop down menu, applying the keyboard press has only the effect of unselecting the text.

The macro itself works OK, but only via the Macro dropdown, which is too slow to be useful.

Any ideas?

>The only way to execute macros is via the Macro menu unfortunately.
>You can't assign keyboard shortcuts to them. I think this feature has
>been requested previously.

And how can I get rid of the Macros I don't want? They always reappear on the Macros menu even if I try to move them somewhere else!

>I know of no way to get rid of Nisus supplied macros, they get
>restored each time you restart NWX. It's a feature. You can delete any
>you create yourself.

And why can't I search and replace over all open documents like I could on the free old version of Nisus I used on my OS9 Mac?

>Becaue this ain't OS 9 and NWX is not the same product as
>the old Nisus Writer Classic. Several people have requested this
>feature be added to NWX, hopefully it will be one day.

And how can I stop spurious spaces being inserted whenever I try to cut and paste text involving angled brackets?

>You can't. Both NWX and Mac OS X tend to assume pasted content is
>regular English (or whatever language you're using) text, not HTML,
>Javascript, etc., and space it accordingly. Smart pasting is a feature.
>If you're writing code use a text editor not a wordprocessor, they
>usually do dumb pastes.
>N.B. TextEdit is inconsistent here - it doesn't surround pasted text
>with spaces if you selected the text with a mouse swipe but it does
>surround it with spaces if it was selected by double-click. Weird.
I beg to differ, but you can assign keyboard shortcuts to macros in the macros menu. I have over a dozen that I done that way. If you do it , the keyboard shortcut appears in the macro menu. If you are in Preferences, and you go to Menu Keys, then pick the Macro menu out you should be able to assign keys that work from there. Tell me where your process is not working. Cheers!
Jeffrey Zents
jzents@mac.com

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