Two fatal keyboard commands in 2.3.1

I’m using Mountain Lion 10.8.0 and am working my way through the tutorial and am on “Step 8: Splits.”

  1. I’m fascinated to learn there are now transcription features within Scrivener. However with the focus on either split view Cmd-Enter does not activate or pause the recording. True for the two second Buzz Aldrin file and also for one of my own mp3 files.

I’d particularly like to have a keyboard command that could run or pause an audio track. A functioning keyboard shortcut is essential for productivity.

  1. The following oddity is even worse. I tried to use Option-Cmd-Equals to generate a horizontal split. Instead the whole screen, everything, was magnified. Repeating the command jumped magnification again. I was forced to crash the Mac in order to restore order.

I explored System Preferences and Finder Preferences and have found nothing that would have that effect.

With kind regards,

Check your System Preferences : Keyboard Shortcuts tab, under “Universal Access”. That is where the screen zoom shortcut is located.

I would guess Cmd-Return has a similar problem in that it is being used somewhere else. So while you are there, just flip through all of those sections and look to see if anything has it registered—particularly in the Services section. If you can’t find anything, it might be coming from a running program. Menu bar style applications are a common culprit.

Good spot wanapatei… Perhaps these shortcuts are new to Mountain Lion as I don’t remember the split command not working before. The Accessibility features have been enhanced – have a look at the Accessibility tab in System Preferences. You can change the keyboard shortcut from there. You can also change them from the general shortcuts tab, as Amber says, but it’s ‘Accessibility’ now, not ‘Universal Access’. You can either change the shortcuts for Zoom out / in or simply untick Zoom to disable the feature entirely. Or, of course, redefine Scrivener’s shortcut to something else.

Cmd-Return is working for me with no problems, so as Amber says, there must be a conflict somewhere with something else on your system. Unfortunately, I can’t think of an easy way to do this without going through every category in Keyboard Shortcuts.

Unfortunately it’s not even that easy sometimes. For instance, Cmd-Space brings up LaunchBar on my system, but that isn’t listed anywhere in the central repository of global overrides. I have know to open up LB, access its Preferences panel, and click on the “Shortcuts” tab within it to find or change that. I have to know that level of detail for every program running.

So oftentimes, the easiest way to resolve this is to log out, log back in with the Shift key held down to disable autoload, launch Scrivener, and test the shortcut that is conflicting. It should work at this point. Now start launching programs that you always run in the background, one at a time, until it breaks. Now you know which program conflicts and can investigate its settings further.

This topic has been resolved to my satisfaction.

  1. The Scrivener tutorial gave the keyboard shortcut of Command-space for pausing and resuming media. The shortcut is actually Command-return, which works.

  2. The split window command conflicted with my system. By re-configuring the command for enlarging the screen of whatever is on the current screen (applies OS wide) I’ve successfully enabled Scrivener’s command for splitting a window.

Much thanks.

Which step in the tutorial mentions the shortcut as Cmd-Space? I can find no reference to that shortcut, and the mention in Step 8 says “Cmd-Enter” (which is technically inaccurate, it’s Cmd-Return, I’ve made a note to inform Keith of that).

Cmd-Space was my error. What I meant to type was Cmd-Enter. Here’s the relevant paragraph within “Step 8”.

“Now you can play the audio file in the top pane whilst typing in this bottom pane. You can control the media file using the keyboard shortcuts defined in the View > Media menu. Cmd-Enter will play or pause the file, for instance—without you having to click outside of this text. These shortcuts are very useful for transcription work, or for referring to a video file while writing.”