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MapInfo Monday: Map Window Shortcuts

  • 1.  MapInfo Monday: Map Window Shortcuts

    Posted 01-29-2024 02:45

    Happy #MapInfoMonday!

    Window Shortcuts behave differently from other keyboard shortcuts: Window Shortcuts are only active when a specific window type is active. For now, we only support map windows for these special Window Shortcuts.

    MapInfo Pro has supported Window Shortcuts for the map window for ages. A few examples of these are:

    • s for turning snap on and off
    • c for activating the map-wide cursor
    • x for switching between the three cursor sizes
    • n for turning auto-node on for drawing polylines and polygons/regions.

    In a patch to MapInfo Pro v17.0, we extended these to include several other tools:

    • View Entire Map: M
    • Change View Dialog: V
    • Zoom In Tool: z
    • Zoom Out Tool: Z
    • Info Tool: I
    • Map Options Dialog: O
    • Pan Tool: P
    • Select Tool: S
    • Label Tool: L
    • Create Legend Dialog: I
    • Create Theme Dialog: T
    • Unselect All: U
    • Change to the next customized mini toolbar: Space
    • Insert Point Tool: 1
    • Insert Text Tool: 2
    • Insert Line Tool: 3
    • Insert Polyline Tool: 4
    • Insert Arc Tool: 5
    • Insert Polygon Tool: 6
    • Insert Ellipse Tool: 7
    • Insert Rectangle Tool: 8
    • Insert Rounded Rectangle Tool: 9

    Do notice that the Window Shortcuts that are using a Capital letter can be activated by holding down the Shift key in combination with the letter. So to access the Zoom-In tool, hit the z key on your keyboard but to access the Zoom-Out tool, you will have to hit Shift+z.

    You can customize which tool is using which window shortcut. Go to Options on the Backstage (via the Pro tab), and click on Keyboard Shortcuts. This preference is only available if the Keyboard Shortcuts add-in is loaded.

    The Keyboard Shortcut dialog lets you customize which single-key shortcuts to use for which tools. Switch to the Window Shortcuts tab in the Keyboard Shortcut dialog to see the existing Window Shortcuts.

    This gives you control over what tools you want a single key Window Shortcut for and what key you want. You can also use this to find the existing Window Shortcuts.

    You can select a different command for an existing shortcut. If you hold your mouse over a shortcut, you can delete it using the Delete Shortcut option that appears next to the shortcut. Using the Add New Shortcut option at the top of the dialog, you can add additional Window Shortcuts.

    Is there a Window Shortcut that you always have been looking for? Or maybe you have a favorite Window Shortcut?

    Peter Horsbøll Møller
    Principal Presales Consultant | Distinguished Engineer
    Precisely | Trust in Data