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The Key mapping branch of Settings allows you to set and modify key mappings in UltraEdit / UEStudio to suit your particular needs and preferences.

The Commands list is an alphabetically sorted list of all editor commands that can be mapped to a keyboard shortcut. Clicking on any of the commands will show the existing key assignment (if any) in the Existing keys combo box, and the command description in the Description read-only text field near the bottom of the dialog.

To add or change a keyboard shortcut:

  1. Select the command you wish to modify from the Commands list.
  2. Click in the Press new (multi-)key entry window area, or Tab to it, to give it focus.
  3. Type the new key assignment just as you would if you were invoking the command. This key combination will be captured and displayed. You can use modifier keys (e.g. "Ctrl + Alt + Shift + T") for multi-key assignments in each field.
  4. Click on the Assign button, and the new key will be assigned to the command. If an existing key is assigned you'll be prompted to delete it and replace with the new assignment.


You can type key combinations into both text fields under Press new (multi-)key to define "chords," which are a combination of two different key mappings. (A "key mapping" as defined here is any keyboard key – including any modifiers such as "Ctrl," "Shift," or "Alt," – that is used to invoke an an action.) For example:

Ctrl + B
Ctrl + M

...could be used to toggle a bookmark when you press Ctrl + B then Ctrl + M in quick succession.

The Multi-key delay value allows you to enter the time in milliseconds the editor should wait for the second key mapping of a chord to be pressed. If the second key mapping isn't pressed within this time frame, then any action associated with the first key mapping is executed.

To remove a keyboard shortcut

  1. Select the command you wish to modify from the Commands list.
  2. Select the existing key assignment from the Existing keys list.
  3. Click on the Remove button and the key assignment will be removed.

To reset keyboard shortcuts to factory defaults

Simply click the Defaults button and all keyboard shortcuts will be reset to the defaults. You'll be prompted to confirm this action.

Show key mapping in editor

Click this button to generate a plain text file of all currently configured keyboard shortcuts. This file will be automatically opened and given a name similar to "[Editor Name].shortcuts.txt". This file will include standard keyboard shortcuts, menu shortcuts, and macro hotkeys. You can always print this list for reference.

Keyboard shortcuts configuration file

The keyboard shortcuts mapping file is stored (and loaded when the editor starts up) in the same directory as the INI file, which by default is %APPDATA%\IDMComp\UltraEdit or %APPDATA%\IDMComp\UEStudio. The filename is the same as the INI, buth with an .UEK extension, i.e. Uedit32.uek, Uedit64.uek, or UEStudio.uek.

Tab key moves focus from "new key" entry

If selected, pressing the Tab key while focus is on the Press new (multi-)key entry field will move focus out of this field rather than including Tab in the mapping for the selected command.

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