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PostPosted: Wed Dec 24, 2008 2:49 pm    Post subject: Keyboard shortcuts including ALT Reply with quote

The existing mechanism for assigning keyboard shortcuts to menu items or recorded macros is very powerful, but the short pre-defined list of available keystrokes, including only the ctrl and ctrl-shift combinations, is very limiting.

What do I need to do to be able to assign alt+letter and alt+shift+letter keyboard shortcuts? (I am hoping it's possible! I rely very heavily on these in my custom copy of MS Word, mostly for insertion of frequently used special characters.)
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 24, 2008 11:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Try:

http://homepages.paradise.net.nz/hillview/OOo/AltKeyHandler.sxw
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 26, 2008 1:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I see it's not a new issue and people have created workarounds.

So, I downloaded that sxw, and tried to follow the install instructions. Seems there is a version of the instructions for OO 1.1 and for 2.0 -- has anyone got an updated procedure for 3.0? I followed the 2.0 procedure as best I could, and got, well, something, to install - but not correctly. It now gives me an error and pops up a macro editor every time I do anything like press Alt-T for the Tools menu.

Appreciate the suggestion, and hope someone knows what I need to do to make it work.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 26, 2008 2:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I seem to have got it working on OpenOffice 3.0.

Tools>Organize Macros>OpenOffice.org Basic

Click Organizer

Select Libraries tab

Location "My Macros & Dialogs"

Click Import

Browse to where you have AltKeyHandler.sxw and double click on it. (I got some message about Standard already existing but it doesn't seem to have made much difference.)

Tools>Customize>Events

Make sure Save is set to OpenOffice.org

Click on "Create Document"

Click Macro button
Click "my Macros", click + on AltKeyHandler, click + on AltKeyHandler, select AltKeyHandler, click on SetupAltKeyHandler in right pane. Click OK.

Repeat process for "Open Document".

Click OK. AltKeyHandler should now be working.

These instructions based on:

http://homepages.paradise.net.nz/hillview/OOo/AltKeyHandlerInstallationsanleitung.pdf
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 26, 2008 3:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Apparently I only halfway-installed it before...

once I removed all the mess I made yesterday and tried again fresh, it is working now. Thank you!
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2009 5:00 pm    Post subject: Keyboard shortcuts including ALT Reply with quote

I suspect you have to run macro modAltKeyAssignment to assign them but it only allows alphabetic characters. No Function key or numeric assignments are allowed. This won't help me. Any suggestions?
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2009 11:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You should be able to get "Alt key assignment" when you hit Alt+A. Styles, text, commands and macros can be assigned to Alt+number.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 26, 2009 7:11 am    Post subject: RE: Keyboard shortcuts including ALT Reply with quote

After a bit more investigating, I see that OOo 3.2 will have this feature.
I now see the <Alt-numeric> assignments -- thanks. I wondered about <Alt-arrow> assignments too (ie <Alt-Shift-right_arrow> for demote one level as in MS Word -- is that a bad name on this forum?). I'll wait until the September release of 3.2.
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