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insert variable with keyboard shortcut

May 8, 2012 1:39 PM

Tags: #insert #variable #keyboard_shortcut

The only keyboard shortcut I can find to insert a variable is CTRL-0. This colors the left side

of the status bar and gives you the entire list of user variables with -- with "Not Applicable" as the

highlighted choice. It appears that you have to traverse the list with the mouse pointer and

click on the desired variable.

 

This is just as cumbersome as calling up the variables pod and double clicking on the

variable you want.

 

Is there a way to define a keyboard shortcut to insert a particular variable?

 

Cheers,

 

JP

 
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    May 8, 2012 2:25 PM   in reply to doccojohn

    No need to use the mouse. After you press the ctrl-0 to trigger the shortcut, just start typing the variable name that you want. The list of variables in the status bar will jump to the matched string as you continue typing. Depending upon your naming convention used, you should be able to home in on a desired variable in a few keystrokes.

     

    This method is used for a number of other catalog lists as well.

     
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    May 9, 2012 9:50 AM   in reply to doccojohn

    Which version of FM (including point release info) are you using? FWIW, it works just fine for me - I tried your specific instance and the first "s" shows the "Section Number" and the "m" then jumped to the "SM2" variable.

     
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    May 9, 2012 11:14 AM   in reply to doccojohn

    It's in the Help > About FrameMaker section.

     
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    May 9, 2012 12:51 PM   in reply to doccojohn

    You need to check if the Adobe Application Manager has the automatic updates for FM enabled. From the FM menu Help > Updates...., then click the Preferences button to see what's set.

     
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    May 9, 2012 2:19 PM   in reply to doccojohn

    Oh, I have seen this before. Its a transient problem. It happens intermittently but it does happen semi frequently for me. And I am on the latest greatest patched version of FM 10.

     
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    May 14, 2012 7:44 AM   in reply to doccojohn

    Restarting the machine always works for me. Its ugly but it works every time.

     

    Joe

     
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    May 14, 2012 11:15 AM   in reply to doccojohn

    Yes, I do.

     
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