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Re: st: change keyboard mapping in Stata 12 for Mac

From   Phil Schumm <>
To   Statalist <>
Subject   Re: st: change keyboard mapping in Stata 12 for Mac
Date   Mon, 6 Feb 2012 09:36:51 -0600

On Feb 5, 2012, at 4:56 PM, Donald Spady wrote:
> Is it possible to remap the keyboard in Stata12 for Mac.  I use the do-file editor a fair bit and it is mapped a bit like Wordstar (for those of you old enough to remember Wordstar, it had amongst the best mapping for a keyboard around; NO dependence on any mouse, just your fingers). 
> I think the Mac editor probably takes the default from the key-mappings set up in my Apple preferences, but I don't know.
> THE PROBLEM IS that one key mapping does not work.  If I press Ctrl-D, the menu pops up to allow me to pick a do-file. I do not want this.  I want the cursor to move over to the right one character.  Is it possible to configure Stata to do that, and to pick some other key-combination to open the menu that lists my do-files?

You may change the mapping of the menu command File -> Do via System Preferences.  Specifically:

    1) System Preferences -> Keyboard -> Keyboard Shortcuts
    2) Click on Application Shortcuts
    3) Add a new shortcut for Stata:
        a) Application -> Other -> Select (or equivalent)
        b) Menu Title: "Do..."
        c) Finally, specify the keyboard shortcut you want

Now, according to the standard Cocoa text system, ctrl-D is bound to forward delete rather than move right.  If you want to change this, you simply add the following to ~/Library/KeyBindings/DefaultKeyBinding.dict (create the file if it doesn't already exist):

        "^d" = "moveRight:";

This will change the default for all applications that use the Cocoa text system.

-- Phil

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