WoodWing Help Center

Assigning keyboard shortcuts in Content Station 9

Assigning keyboard shortcuts in Content Station 9

Using keyboard shortcuts is a great way to quickly perform a task; it is usually quicker than navigating to a (sub) menu and choosing the command from a list.

How to add keyboard shortcuts

Assigning a keyboard shortcut to an action in Content Station is done in the WWSettings.xml file.

Important: Make sure to validate the WWSettings.xml file for correct content. See Validating the WWSettings.xml file.

Most keyboard shortcuts are already provided in the WWSettings.xml file but need to be enabled by un-commenting them.

Additional shortcuts should be placed between the following tags:

<SCEnt:ContentStation>
   <Shortcuts> 
      your keyboard shortcut here 
   </Shortcuts>
</SCEnt:ContentStation>

When adding a shortcut, the following syntax should be used:

<Shortcut name="Name" shortcut="Shortcut" description="description"/>

  • Name is the name of the action. This name is very specific: Content Station uses it to map the keyboard shortcut to a particular action. The names that you can use are listed below.
  • Shortcut is the keyboard shortcut combination with a + sign between each key.
  • Description is a short description of what the command is used for. (This description is only used as additional information in the WWSettings file; it is not used in Content Station itself.)

Note: The Cmd key (Mac OS X) or Ctrl key (Windows) always needs to be part of the combination.

Example: Here, the action 'Create New Dossier' is assigned to the keyboard shortcut Cmd+Shift+N:

<SCEnt:ContentStation>
   <Shortcuts> 
      <Shortcut name="CreateNewDossier" shortcut="cmd+shift+N"  
	description="Create a new Dossier"/> 
   </Shortcuts>
</SCEnt:ContentStation>

Keyboard shortcuts that cannot be changed

The following keyboard shortcuts are available by default but cannot be changed:

Name: Undo

  • Shortcut Mac OS X: Cmd+Z
  • Shortcut Windows: Ctrl+Z
  • Applies to: Multi-Channel Text Editor
  • Description: Undo the last action

Name: Redo

  • Shortcut Mac OS X: Cmd+Z
  • Shortcut Windows: Ctrl+Y
  • Applies to: Multi-Channel Text Editor
  • Description: Redo the last action

Name: Refresh

  • Shortcut Mac OS X: Cmd+R
  • Shortcut Windows: Ctrl+RZ
  • Applies to: Multi-Channel Text Editor
  • Description: Refreshes many areas and pages that can be refreshed, such as the Inbox, Dossier page, Search page, Preview in the Multi-Channel Text Editor, Publish Manager, and so on.

Keyboard shortcuts for Windows

Keyboard shortcuts for Mac OS X

The same keyboard shortcuts can be used that are described for Windows. Replace all instances of Ctrl by Cmd.

Reversing keyboard navigation for Middle Eastern (right-to-left) support

Info: This feature requires Content Station version 9.5.0 or higher.

When Content Station is configured for Middle Eastern support — by which text in an article is displayed from right to left — the keyboard navigation is also reversed: pressing the right-arrow key on the keyboard moves the cursor to the left and pressing the left-arrow key moves the cursor to the right.

If you prefer to reverse this movement to the default navigation direction (pressing the right-arrow key moves the cursor to the right and pressing the left-arrow key moves the cursor to the left), the following actions can be added:

Action Keyboard shortcut
Move to the left one character Left arrow
Move to the left one word Cmd/Ctrl+Left arrow
Move to the right one character Right arrow
Move to the right one word Cmd/Ctrl+Right arrow
Select one character to the left Shift+Left arrow
Select one character to the right Shift+Right arrow
Select one word to the left Cmd/Ctrl+Shift+Left arrow
Select one word to the right Cmd/Ctrl+Shift+right arrow

Add the following keyboard shortcuts to the WWSettings.xml file as described above:

For Windows:

<Shortcut name="MoveOneCharacterLeft" shortcut="Left" description="Move one character to the left"/>

<Shortcut name="MoveOneCharacterRight" shortcut="Right" description="Move one character to the right">

<Shortcut name="MoveOneWordLeft" shortcut="ctrl+Left" description="Move one word to the left">

<Shortcut name="MoveOneWordRight" shortcut="ctrl+Right" description="Move one word to the right">

<Shortcut name="SelectOneCharacterLeft" shortcut="shift+Left" description="Select one character to the left ">

<Shortcut name="SelectOneCharacterRight" shortcut="shift+Right" description="Select one character to the right ">

<Shortcut name="SelectOneWordLeft" shortcut="shift+ctrl+Left" description="Select one word to the left">

<Shortcut name="SelectOneWordRight" shortcut="shift+ctrl+Right" description="Select one word to the right">

For Mac OS X:

<Shortcut name="MoveOneCharacterLeft" shortcut="Left" description="Move one character to the left"/>

<Shortcut name="MoveOneCharacterRight" shortcut="Right" description="Move one character to the right">

<Shortcut name="MoveOneWordLeft" shortcut="cmd+Left" description="Move one word to the left">

<Shortcut name="MoveOneWordRight" shortcut="cmd+Right" description="Move one word to the right">

<Shortcut name="SelectOneCharacterLeft" shortcut="shift+Left" description="Select one character to the left ">

<Shortcut name="SelectOneCharacterRight" shortcut="shift+Right" description="Select one character to the right ">

<Shortcut name="SelectOneWordLeft" shortcut="shift+cmd+Left" description="Select one word to the left">

<Shortcut name="SelectOneWordRight" shortcut="shift+cmd+Right" description="Select one word to the right">

Was this article helpful?
0 out of 0 found this helpful / Created: / Updated:
Have more questions? Submit a request

0 Comments

Please sign in to leave a comment.