Feedback on keyboard commands

Super great program. Be difficult to write my books without it.
But . . . . .
Every so often I come close to uninstalling it. It’s almost too smart for it’s own good. There are hundreds of obscure keyboard commands. So if you accidentally hit the wrong couple of keys? Good luck figuring out how to undo whatever just happened.
Suggestion - For the simple minded folks (like myself), how about an option to deactivate ALL keyboard commands? I looked and couldn’t find such an option. I use zero keyboard commands. They are just a HUGE negative for me.



You may disable any shortcut you want.

If you have the patience, you may disable them all, and if later you wish you had a shortcut for something, just go back and reset that one shortcut, filtering the desired menu command at the top, where points the topmost/first blue arrow in my screenshot.

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Once you have disabled all the shortcuts, it’d be a good idea, should you have done that, to export that [no]shortcuts setup/list to file, in case you eventually reset them all by mistake.

Appreciate you taking the time to reply (really nice to include the screen prints), but I am aware of the option to disable the KB commands one by one.

THAT’s the reason I mentioned “hundreds” of keyboard commands.

Since there is no simple “disable all keyboard commands” button and they ALL come enabled by default (because, why not?), I’d have to spend an hour or two (or more?) manually disabling all of them.

Rather not do that, but might be forced to go that route. At 73 years young, my patience is about non existent : )

Listen, I’m not a developer (although I’ve been an IT manager since dos 2.x and still actively employed at a major university), but I really don’t see how it could be that difficult to either:

  1. Have a “disable all” button.
  2. Or, NOT enable all of them by default. That’s really unnecessary. Just enable a dozen of the most useful. That is, useful to some people, at least. Then there are those others who refuse to take the easy route : )

Note that I have 3 published books (but have yet to be approached by HBO : ) each of which is more than 700 pages. And two more books in draft, each of which are approximately 2,000 pages (so may need to be split like I did with the first book). And after ten years of doing that, and using Scrivener the whole time if my memory serves me right, I still have zero need or desire for keyboard commands. So the argument “… just wait till you really have to write a lot and see how keyboard commands transform your writing style …” just won’t fly.

That said, I want to be clear that this program ROCKS and I plan on continuing to use it. I didn’t want this to be seen as a rant, but just some feed back. My apologies if it came across as some deranged rant : )

Thanks again for your reply. Was well done and potentially helpful,


You can use the Import... button in the Keyboard options to import the attached empty shortcuts file on Windows. Be aware though that some shortcuts are integrated in the system at a deeper level, so even though the command is stripped in this menu, things like Ctrl+A to select all, Ctrl+X to cut and Ctrl+V to paste will all still function. Alt+F4 will still close windows, etc.

Empty (No Shortcuts).scrkbd (19.5 KB)


Awesome! I’ll give this a try. This is seriously appreciated.

So basically this will “disable” (most of) the keyboard commands? But they can be manually enabled later if I so desire?

Or will this permanently remove the keyboard command from the program? Which for me would not be a problem if it does so. Absolutely the worst case is that I’d just have to reinstall the application to get everything back to default.



If you have never tweaked any of the shortcuts, you should currently be set as by this file:

Still, the “reset” button should work for individual shortcuts.

Looks like it worked!

Thanks for the help, everyone. This will really help to keep my blood pressure down : )



Right, this is just a configuration that has cleared the shortcuts from the menu commands to the extent possible. You can add custom shortcuts back to any of the commands listed there by selecting the command and then using the field at the bottom of the pane to type in the shortcut or, with the Record button, press the keys you want as the shortcut and have it written in for you.

As you start building up your settings with just the shortcuts you want, you can use the Export... button to save your own custom file with those settings in case you need to reset to them or to copy to another machine, etc.—basically, to have a backup available to make it easy to restore your preferred keyboard settings any time you need to. You’d then use the Import... button to pull them into Scrivener.