OK. I’d gotten reasonably, if arkwardly, comfortable with opt-del to delete word forward (recognizing it’s clumsiness was due to Apple not Scrivener). Now I’ve moved to my 12’ PowerBook and there is no “del” key, only the larger “delete” key. Is there an alternate key combination on my laptop to delete-word-forward?
For precisely this reason, I would argue that a list of keyboard shortcuts for commands like this, NOT listed in the menus, would be very helpful. The list could change over time, if need be. But what is the point of keyboard commands that are not documented anywhere - merely for the Scrivener priesthood?
Which brings me to my pet peeve: the clumsy keyboard options in Apple’s text engine, and Scrivener’s suffering because of it. Then I had a thought.
Apple’s Preferences-Keyboard Shortcuts would appear to be the perfect solution to someone like me who wants to do as little as possible with the mouse, because it’s slow and RSS inducing. However, Apple’s keyboard shortcuts ONLY work on menu commands, and something like Delete-Word-Foward would never appear in a menu.
Couldn’t Scrivener have a dummy menu of some kind - perhaps seen only by Apple’s Keyboard Shortcuts panel - that would list a whole slew of really useful functions not commonly on menus, and then each Scrivener user could customize these for themselves, or not?
My suggestion for this “invisible” menu would include:
delete word forward/back
move word forward/back
scroll up/down one line + move cursor up/down one line (for keyboard scrolling)
scroll up/down one page
I realize that some of these already have keyboard commands, but I would like to customize them in a more coherent way for myself.