How do I re-assign an existing shortcut?

Alt+LeftArrow and Alt+RightArrow default to toggling the main toolbars. I have no need to do this. What I do all the time, however, is to switch back and forth in the document-history: Last doc viewed, next doc viewed.

It would like to make Scrivener behave like the rest (Firefox, IE-Explorer, ConnectedText etc) - they all use Alt+LeftArrow to view the last document.

How do I do this? I can’t seem to detach Alt+LeftArrow from its current command (toggle main toolbar). How do you remove a keyboard shortcut? And how do I assign it to “Last doc viewed”?

I just tried this out of curiosity. The trick is to reassign the tool bar toggles to something else. I just assigned them to ctrl-alt-rightarrow and ctrl-alt-leftarrow, then reassigned previous and next documents to alt-rightarrow and alt-left-arrow.

You are right, it seems that you must assign a shortcut, very unusual. So I gave shortcuts to the toolbars, without need, because I never toggle them. But never mind. At least I am half-way there: Alt+LeftArrow is now free again.

But how do I proceed from here?
If commands must have a shortcut to get listed in the overview, how do I get the unassigned commands to show up in the list? How do I assign the now-free-again Alt+LeftArrow to “Show Last Document viewed?”

They should still be there. Did you try sorting on the Description or Label columns to find the “Next Document” and “Previous Document” shortcuts under the “View” heading?

I think the commands that can be assigned a shortcut are all listed there, including a few that have no keyboard assignment.

We’re talking about different things. Previous and Next refer to the file hierarchy, up/down (I got these shortcuts assigned, thanks to your help)

What I need more often, however, is going back in the history of edited/viewed flies, the same as in Internet Browsers when you hit ALT+LeftArrow to go BACK or FORWARD, not previous or next.

Isn’t it BACK and FORWARD that you need most of the time while writing? To be consistent with stuff you wrote elsewhere, you call up that file once, and from that point onward it is a quick Alt-Left to look it up, and Alt-Right to land back in your current doc. Everywhere, in FullScreen or in the Editor. That’s what I am hoping for.

Oh, sorry! With a little bit of scanning through the list, I’ve determined that you’re looking for “Current Editor Forward” and “Current Editor Back” in the Description column under View. If you sort on Description, they’ll both be adjacent. There’s also a set of shortcuts for the “alternate editor”, or the one that doesn’t currently have the focus, if that is of any use to you.

Thank you Robert,

that did the trick. I had been looking for an entry similar to the label that appears when you hover the mouse over the toolbar-arrows in the editor: “Show last document used.” Didn’t expect the naming to differ so much.

Another problem (while you are here :laughing: ):
Some shortcuts don’t work unless you are sitting in the binder, which kind of spoils the idea of a shortcut: Being able to keep your fingers on the keyboard.

Collapse All / Expand All for instance. I tried Ctrl F-keys, I tried Ctrl Alt combinations - all that stuff that definitely has no meaning in an editor-context. No luck. You have to switch to the binder first. Only then will you be able to Expand All.

So I force myself to Ctrl+Tab first, to switch the focus to the binder. But the visual clues are dim and confusing. How do I know I am in the binder? Its title bar does not change, neither does the title bar of the active editor.

Is that a bug in Windows, or the same on the Mac, having to use the mouse to first go to the binder, only then being able to Expand All etc…?

I’m afraid this is where my Mac-centric Scrivener know-how fails to cross over. I’ve only recently become aware of keyboard shortcuts for jumping to the binder on the Mac, and they don’t seem to be present in the Windows version yet. It’s my understanding that there are a lot more things that will get keyboard shortcuts (or be available for creating custom shortcuts) in the future of Scrivener for Windows. Perhaps a windows-specific Wishlist forum post (there’s another section for that) would be helpful here, just to make sure it’s on the radar?

For reference, Ioa explained a few very handy Mac short-cuts that you can refer to when you ask for them in the Windows version:

Following your link I read your other posting. Seems like we have the same concerns. All writers probably have. Especially on a laptop it is awkward having to reach for the mouse again and again.

Will type up my wish list. But where do I post it? Technical support or Feedback? This board needs to be overhauled, to have precise sub-categories, not generic labels like support and feedback.

I’d suggest under the Windows Scrivener forum, use Feedback, since it’s something you’d like to be implemented sooner rather than later. The Windows-specific Tech Support is for help in solving problems or in understanding how to use Scrivener–it’s the place that gets the most attention for the Windows platform. I’d use the generic wishlist forum if there’s a feature you want that doesn’t exist on any of the platforms supported by Lit & Lat.

If you start at the top level of the Board Index (see the top of this window), and click on (for instance) the Scrivener for Windows sub-forum, each of it’s sections has an explanation of what it should be used for.

There’s a rant somewhere on the forums about it being a little too hard to set the full screen colors to White on Blue, since all professional writers prefer this color scheme. Regular forum posters & readers occasionally poke fun at that blanket statement as a prime example of the False Consensus Effect.* Since you didn’t ask for this free advice, I’ll give it to you at a discount: Don’t lead with the assumption that your experience is universal or even typical; If others agree with your request or issue, they’ll sometimes chime in, but if you try to speak for others, then eyes will roll. :slight_smile:


Haha, I sure am eligible for your discount, Robert,

your free advice reminds me of the good old days in advertising. “Mirror Image Fallacy” was the caveat of that era, warning us to never assume that other people are a mirror image of ourselves and will therefore react as we would.

Will type my wishlist under Feedback, as you suggested.