Getting Started with Paligo

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Shortcut Keys and Commands

To make editing as convenient as possible, you can use keyboard shortcuts in the Paligo editor. The action of the key combination depends on the context.

Default click behavior for topics and publications

Clicking on topics or publications will cause different views to open:

  1. Clicking a topic opens it in the Editor, since you are most likely to want to edit a topic most of the time.

  2. Clicking a publication opens it in the Structure View, since it is generally a much more common task to build a publication by reusing topics in it in the Structure View, rather than edit it in the editor.

If you need to open a topic in the Structure View, or a publication in the Editor, you always have the commands in the context menu of the Content Manager.

Note

Many of the keyboard shortcuts apply to the "current" or "selected" element, i.e the one the cursor is located in.

You can check what the current element is in the Structure Menu at the top of the editor. The last element in the hierarchical path is the current element:

Also check out this video for using keyboard shortcuts and working with lists easily:

Keyboard Shortcut Quick Reference

Action

Mac

Windows

Context/Description

New para, new step, etc.

Enter

Enter

At the end of a paragraph, a procedure step, or a list item, creates a new element of the same kind.

For example if the cursor is at the end of a paragraph element, Enter creates a new paragraph, but in a list item or step it creates new list items or steps. You can also split the text in a paragraph or list by placing the cursor in the middle of the text.

At the end of titles (or bridgehead), a new para is created.

Show the Element list. to insert elements.

Enteror

AltEnter

AltEnter

Anywhere

Move from one cell to the next in a table.

Tab

Tab

In tables

Navigate between elements.

Anywhere

Save the topic.

S

CtrlS

Anywhere

Undo the last action.

Z

CtrlZ

Anywhere

Redo the last action.

Y

CtrlY

Anywhere

Toggle bold text.

B

CtrlB

With text selected.

Toggle italic text.

I

CtrlI

With text selected

Toggle underlined text.

U

CtrlU

With text selected

Toggle guilabel tag.

AltG

AltG

Element guilabel, commonly used for highlighting UI components when documenting software.

Toggle keycap tag.

AltK

AltK

Element keycap, commonly used for indicating keyboard key combinations (like the ones in this topic).

Remove formatting/inline tags.

AltShiftF

AltShiftF

Inside an inline element. Will remove common inline formatting tags like bold and italic, but also any other inline tag available.

Copy element.

AltC

AltC

Copies the current element the cursor is in.

Cut element.

AltX

AltX

Cuts the current element the cursor is in.

Paste element.

AltV

AltV

Pastes a copied or cut element in the current element the cursor is in.

Paste element as reuse.

AltShiftV

AltShiftV

Pastes a copied or cut element in the current element the cursor is in, reusing any text fragment(s) in the element.

Merge the selected cells in a table.

AltM

AltM

In a table, with multiple table cells selected using the Shift key

Split the cell into two cells.

AltShiftM

AltShiftM

In a table, with cursor in previously merged table cell

Deletes the element where the cursor is

AltShiftD

AltShiftD

With any element

Note

This is a very convenient shortcut to quickly delete an element, but use with caution, and make sure to check the Structure menu to see that the current element is the one you want to delete.

Insert a new para element

AltP

AltP

Where para is available to select

Create (or convert to) a procedure.

AltShiftP

AltShiftP

Depending on the context:

  1. Where procedure is valid: Creates a new procedure.

  2. With a list of any other type selected: Converts to a procedure.

  3. Inside a separate para: Converts to a procedure (the para becomes a step).

    The cursor will automatically move to a subsequent para if there is one, so you can easily turn a number of paragraphs into a procedure.

Create (or convert to) an itemizedlist

AltL

AltL

Depending on the context:

  1. Where itemizedlist is valid: Creates a new itemizedlist.

  2. With a list of any other type selected: Converts to an itemizedlist.

  3. Inside a separate para: Converts to an itemizedlist (the para becomes a listitem).

    The cursor will automatically move to a subsequent para if there is one, so you can easily turn a number of paragraphs into an itemizedlist.

Create (or convert to) an orderedlist

AltShiftL

AltShiftL

Depending on the context:

  1. Where orderedlist is valid: Creates a new orderedlist.

  2. With a list of any other type selected: Converts to a orderedlist.

  3. Inside a separate para: Converts to an orderedlist (the para becomes a listitem).

    The cursor will automatically move to a subsequent para if there is one, so you can easily turn a number of paragraphs into an orderedlist.

Indent the listitem or step

AltT

AltT

In a listitem of an itemizedlist or orderedlist, or in a step in a procedure

Outdent the nested list (of any of the named types)

AltShiftT

AltShiftT

In a nested itemizedlist or orderedlist, or in a nested procedure or substeps

Insert an image.

AltI

AltI

Where image or inlineimage is available to select

If the cursor is inside a text element, such as a para or a title, an inlineimage will be inserted.

Move current element down.

AltShift

AltShift

Current element

Move current element up.

AltShift

AltShift

Current element

Insert a cross-reference.

AltR

AltR

Current text element where cross-reference is allowed.

Reuse a component.

AltShiftR

AltShiftR

Where the type of component is valid (e.g a section, warning, etc)

Insert a table.

AltShiftA

AltShiftA

Where a table or informaltable is valid.

Insert a variable.

AltShiftI

AltShiftI

Where the type of variable is valid.

Insert a note.

AltShiftN

AltShiftN

Where a note is valid.

Insert a warning.

AltShiftW

AltShiftW

Where a warning is valid.

Insert a caution.

AltShiftC

AltShiftC

Where a caution is valid.

Toggle title on figures, tables, examples.

AltShiftH

AltShiftH

On figure/informalfigure, table/informaltable, example/informalexample.

Note

Note that this also automatically converts the element to the proper one. E.g a figure becomes an informalfigure if you toggle to remove the title and vice versa.