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Using the Keyboard Shortcut Editor

You can use the Keyboard Shortcut Editor to create your own shortcut keys, edit existing shortcuts, or use the predetermined shortcut sets.

To access the Keyboard Shortcut Editor:

Choose Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts.

The Keyboard Shortcut dialog box appears. It contains several options and commands you can edit.

Current Set displays the predetermined shortcut sets that are included with Dreamweaver 4 and any custom sets you've defined. By default, the current set is the one that Dreamweaver is using in the current open document.

If you are familiar with and prefer the shortcuts found in HomeSite or Dreamweaver 3, you can choose the corresponding set from the pop-up menu. This now becomes the Current Set.

Commands lets you select the command category you want to edit. For example, you can edit menu commands, such as the Open File command, or one of the code editing commands, such as Balance Braces.

Command List displays the commands associated with the category you selected from the Commands pop-up menu, along with the assigned shortcuts. The Menu and Site Menu Commands categories display this list as a tree view that replicates the structure of the menus. The other categories list the commands by name (for example, Quit Application).

Shortcuts displays the list of shortcuts assigned to the selected command.

Click the Plus (+) button to activate the Shortcuts text box. Enter a new key command and click Change to add a new keyboard shortcut for the selected command. You can assign two keyboard shortcuts for each command.
Click the Minus (-) button to remove the selected shortcut from the list of shortcuts.

Press Key displays the new key combination you enter.

Duplicate duplicates the current shortcut set. You must create a duplicate set before you can add or create your own shortcuts. You can either rename the set or keep the default name (the current set's name with "copy" suffix).

Rename Set renames the current set.

Export Set as HTML File saves the current set in an HTML table format for easy viewing and printing. You can open the HTML file in your browser and print the shortcuts for easy reference.

Delete Set deletes copies and custom sets. (You cannot delete active sets.)

To create a duplicate set:

1 Choose Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts.
2 Select a set to duplicate from the Current Set pop-up menu. For example, choose Macromedia Standard.
3 From the Commands pop-up menu, select the command category that contains the command shortcut you want to remove; for example, Menu Commands.
4 From the Command list, select any command and click Change. A dialog box appears, prompting you to create a duplicate the current set.
5 Click OK to duplicate the set. The Duplicate Set dialog box appears. Enter a new name for your custom set and click OK.
You can now make changes to this duplicate set without modifying the standard set.
To remove a shortcut from a command:

1 From the Commands pop-up menu, select the command category that contains the command shortcut you want to remove; for example, Site Menu Commands.
The Command list displays the commands associated with that category.
2 From the Command list, select the command shortcut you want to remove.
You'll see a list of shortcuts assigned to the commands.
3 Select the shortcuts you want to remove.
4 Click the Minus (-) button.
To add a shortcut to a command:

1 Duplicate one of the existing shortcut sets.
2 From the Commands pop-up menu, select the command category that contains the command shortcut you want.
The Command list displays the commands associated with that category.
3 Select the command from the Command list.
You'll see any shortcuts already assigned to the command in the Shortcuts list.
4 Click the Plus (+) button. The Shortcuts text box is activated and the insertion point moves to the Press Key text box.
5 Press the key combination you want to add; the key combination appears in the Press Key text box.
If there is a problem with the shortcut—for example, if the key combination is already assigned to another command—an alert appears letting you reassign the key combination or cancel.
6 Click Change. The new key combination is assigned to the command.
To edit an existing shortcut:

1 From the Commands pop-up menu, select the command category that contains the command shortcut you want.
The Command list displays the commands in the chosen category.
2 Select the command from the Command list.
You'll see the shortcuts already assigned to the command in the Shortcuts text box. If more than one shortcut is assigned to a command, select the one you want to change.
3 Click in the Press Key text box and type the desired key combination.
4 Click Change to change the shortcut.
Note: If there is a problem with the key combination, an explanatory message appears just below the Shortcuts text box. If there is a problem, you may be unable to add, delete or edit the shortcut. For example, if the key combination is already assigned to another command, warning text appears just below the Shortcuts text box.

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