Using the Tab key for keyboard shortcut
Thread poster: Dan Lucas

Dan Lucas  Identity Verified
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Jan 6, 2016

I would like to use the Tab key to switch between source and target segments. Is this possible? So far I'm not having any luck hitting the Tab key in the shortcut editor because it tabs to the next field...

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Dan


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Emma Goldsmith  Identity Verified
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F6 Jan 6, 2016

Try F6 instead.

In Studio the tab key works as it does in Word, i.e., it inserts a tab space. That's why you can't assign it as a keyboard shortcut. I find the tab space very useful and miss it in other CAT tools.


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Dan Lucas  Identity Verified
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Thank you, but unfortunately... Jan 6, 2016

Emma Goldsmith wrote:
Try F6 instead.

...F6 still doesn't come naturally to me after a year of Studio use.

In every other application I use - Word, Emacs, Excel, Powerpoint etc. - the tab key either tabs or moves the cursor to a different field or control. So, when I want to flip-flop between source and segment that's what I automatically go for - not to mention that the tab key is easier to reach than the F6 key on my keyboard.

Obviously if I needed to insert tabs a lot I wouldn't remap the tab key but for my documents I don't seem to need tab insertion at all.

If SDL really doesn't allow remapping of tab then it's forcing users to accept some pretty idiosyncratic behavior, which would be disappointing. Maybe Paul or Steve can comment.

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Dan


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Dan Lucas  Identity Verified
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Workaround Jan 6, 2016

Dan Lucas wrote:
I would like to use the Tab key to switch between source and target segments.

I used PowerPro to map the tab key to F6 only when a window with a caption containing "SDL Trados" is in the foreground.

A kludge, but needs must where the devil drives an' all that.

Dan


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Emma Goldsmith  Identity Verified
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Idiosyncrasy? Jan 6, 2016

I find Studio tab behaviour logical not idiosyncratic: it adds a tab space, just as Word does.

Anyway, thanks for posting your workaround, Dan. I hadn't heard of PowerPro before. It looks very interesting.


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Dan Lucas  Identity Verified
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True enough Jan 6, 2016

Emma Goldsmith wrote:
I find Studio tab behaviour logical not idiosyncratic: it adds a tab space, just as Word does.

Actually, that's a fair point. Maybe it's not idiosyncratic as I was perhaps fixating on the slightly different use-case of tabbing between controls using the tab key. But I would still like to change the default behavior.

I've been using PowerPro for nearly 20 years. It can do anything. Create buttons, menus, clocks, keyboard shortcuts, timers, even manage windows and do scripting. An amazing utility and completely free.

Dan


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Walter Blaser  Identity Verified
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You can map it to CTRL-Tab. Jan 7, 2016

Dan

Studio does not allow you to map this toggle to TAB for the obvious reasons stated in the other posts (this would prevent you from inserting a tab in the text of the segment), but you can map it to CTRL-TAB.

Walter


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Dan Lucas  Identity Verified
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Yes and no Jan 7, 2016

Walter Blaser wrote:
but you can map it to CTRL-TAB.

Walter, thanks for the suggestion. I have taken a look and I can indeed do that. I'll stick with the PowerPro tab key remap for now and see how that works.

Dan


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Through AutoHotKey Aug 23, 2016

Hi there,

This is an old thread but this tab/F6 thingy is an annoyance to me too so, with AutoHotKey, I remapped the tab key to switch from source to target and vice versa in SDL Trados Studio (I place it in an included SDL.ahk file for more control) with these simple lines of code.


#IfWinActive SDL Trados Studio
tab::
send {F6}
return


I hope it helps someone.

Cheers,

Charles


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Michael Joseph Wdowiak Beijer  Identity Verified
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woohoo! Aug 23, 2016

Polymathe Ltd. w it was annoying me too, yeahrote:

Hi there,

This is an old thread but this tab/F6 thingy is an annoyance to me too so, with AutoHotKey, I remapped the tab key to switch from source to target and vice versa in SDL Trados Studio (I place it in an included SDL.ahk file for more control) with these simple lines of code.


#IfWinActive SDL Trados Studio
tab::
send {F6}
return


I hope it helps someone.

Cheers,

Charles


Thanks for that. It was annoying me too (I never, ever need to insert tabs in my texts, but love the speed of tabbing between src and trgt), but I was too lazy to do anything about. I've added your little script to my general AHK script.

For keyboard warriors, tab is simply the best KBS for … tabbing between UI elements.

Michael

[Edited at 2016-08-23 19:50 GMT]


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Michael Joseph Wdowiak Beijer  Identity Verified
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PS: Aug 23, 2016

Another good one for quickly tabbing between src & trgt = Ctrl+Space, which is what I was using until switching back to my ol' favourite the tab key.

M


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