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Keyboard Shortcuts

Keyboard Shortcuts

This help describes some of the default keyboard shortcuts used by PN2. You can find and customise all shortcuts in the options dialog.

The Escape Key

The escape key can often be used to get you out of dialogs - it generally represents the pressing of the cancel button in these cases. The escape button can also be used to hide any output, find in files or find bar windows that are visible. So if you run a compile which shows you some output, and then you don't want to see the output window any more then just press escape until it goes away!

Window Navigation

To go to the next window, you can use either Ctrl-Tab or Ctrl-F6. Depending on your options, this will either navigate through documents in Windows' own recent window order, or will use a Visual-Studio window stack system. Note that you can hold down the Shift key with either of these combinations to traverse in the opposite direction.

If you edit many files at the same time, their tabs may not fit the window width. In such a case, you can use the two little arrows (next to the close document button) to scroll through them.

Output Window

There are two types of output window (from 0.4 onwards). The global output window (dockable) can be toggled with F8, and individual output windows can be toggled with Shift-F8.

Indent Unindent

Select a block of text over a line and use the Tab key to indent (by either tab characters or spaces depending on your settings). Use Shift-Tab to unindent.

More Shortcuts

Here are some default shortcuts sorted on the left by shortcut and the right by command name.

Shortcut Command Shortcut Command
F2 Next Bookmark Ctrl+Space Autocomplete
F3 Find Next Ctrl+Shift+C Clipboard Swap
F3 Find Next Ctrl+F4 Close Window
F8 Toggle Output Window Ctrl+W Close Window
Alt+F6 Toggle Project Window Ctrl+Insert Copy
Alt+F7 Toggle Text Clips Window Ctrl+C Copy
Alt+F8 Toggle Find Results Window Ctrl+Alt+C Copy as RTF
Alt+F9 Toggle CTags Window Ctrl+Shift+T Copy Line
Alt+F10 Toggle Scripts Window Shift+Delete Cut
Alt+Enter Show Document Properties Ctrl+X Cut
Alt+G Jump To (tags) Ctrl+L Cut Line
Ctrl+F2 Set Bookmark Ctrl+Shift+L Delete Line
Ctrl+F4 Close Window Ctrl+D Duplicate Line
Ctrl+F6 Next Window Ctrl+F Find Dialog
Ctrl+Space Autocomplete Ctrl+Shift+F Find in Files Dialog
Ctrl+Tab Next Window F3 Find Next
Ctrl+Insert Copy F3 Find Next
Ctrl+Num * Quick Find Shift+F3 Find Previous
Ctrl+/ Quick Find Ctrl+G Goto
Ctrl+A Select All Shift+Insert Insert
Ctrl+C Copy Alt+G Jump To (tags)
Ctrl+D Duplicate Line Ctrl+U Lowercase
Ctrl+F Find Dialog Ctrl+N New File
Ctrl+G Goto F2 Next Bookmark
Ctrl+H Replace Dialog Ctrl+F6 Next Window
Ctrl+L Cut Line Ctrl+Tab Next Window
Ctrl+N New File Ctrl+O Open File
Ctrl+O Open File Ctrl+V Paste
Ctrl+P Print Ctrl+Shift+F6 Previous Window
Ctrl+R Replace Dialog Ctrl+Shift+Tab Previous Window
Ctrl+S Save Ctrl+P Print
Ctrl+T Transpose Lines Ctrl+Num * Quick Find
Ctrl+U Lowercase Ctrl+/ Quick Find
Ctrl+V Paste Ctrl+Y Redo
Ctrl+W Close Window Ctrl+H Replace Dialog
Ctrl+X Cut Ctrl+R Replace Dialog
Ctrl+Y Redo Ctrl+S Save
Ctrl+Z Undo Ctrl+Shift+S Save All
Shift+F3 Find Previous Ctrl+A Select All
Shift+F8 Toggle Individual Output Window Ctrl+F2 Set Bookmark
Shift+Delete Cut Alt+Enter Show Document Properties
Shift+Insert Insert Ctrl+Shift+H Switch to (or Open) Alternate file
Ctrl+Alt+C Copy as RTF Alt+F9 Toggle CTags Window
Ctrl+Shift+F6 Previous Window Alt+F8 Toggle Find Results Window
Ctrl+Shift+Tab Previous Window Shift+F8 Toggle Individual Output Window
Ctrl+Shift+C Clipboard Swap F8 Toggle Output Window
Ctrl+Shift+F Find in Files Dialog Alt+F6 Toggle Project Window
Ctrl+Shift+H Switch to (or Open) Alternate file Alt+F10 Toggle Scripts Window
Ctrl+Shift+L Delete Line Alt+F7 Toggle Text Clips Window
Ctrl+Shift+S Save All Ctrl+T Transpose Lines
Ctrl+Shift+T Copy Line Ctrl+Z Undo
Ctrl+Shift+U Uppercase Ctrl+Shift+U Uppercase

Additionally once can select blocks of text (rectangular selections) using Alt+Shift and then moving the cursor either with with the mouse or by keyboard navigation.

ASCII Control Characters

Most ASCII control characters can be inserted with Ctrl+Shift plus the corresponding letter.


Control character Caret notation Key Sequence
NUL ^@ Ctrl-Shift-2
EOT ^D Ctrl-Shift-D
BEL ^G Ctrl-Shift-G
TAB ^I Ctrl-Shift-I
CR ^M Ctrl-Shift-M

Wikipedia has a list of ASCII control characters and the corresponding caret notations.


Linear select: Shift+Cursor Movement such as shift+page down, or shift+ctrl+right arrow (select till next word boundary).

Box Select: Alt+selection. Again Alt+dragging mouse or using alt+shift+arrow keys or other navigation keys (home, page up, page down etc.) will select a block.

Multi-Select: ctrl + selection. Multi-select uses the multiple-edit feature of placing the cursor in multiple locations. For this reason it is best to use the mouse for selection. Simply make a selection. Then press ctrl and use the mouse to choose a new cursor location by pressing the left mouse button. Drag the cursor with the mouse to select the new text.

Note that with multi-select paste will only work in the last selection made but will clear all other selections. The same is true with placing the cursor in multiple places -- paste will only occur at the last one (but typing will occur at all cursor locations).