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Sometimes my LaTeX document gets long and messy, and so it's hard for me to look through and find what I want. When I program, I usually have a macro in my IDE that creates a separator of comments to keep the code clean. I'm looking for something similar in TeXnicCenter. So it would insert the following

%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%

Or something to that effect. Now if TeXnicCenter doesn't have the capability of making macros like this, is there a way I could take advantage of the autocomplete system to do this? So I would add a custom command to the TeXnicCenter LaTeX XML files so that it would autocomplete with the percent signs. Does anyone know how to do this?

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TeXnicCenter allows for the creation of "user text modules" that are initiated via a shortcut. To insert your own module, follow Insert>Own Text Modules>Manage Text Modules. Now you can enter a new one called (say) Separator:

Entering a new user text module in TeXnicCenter

Once you've established the correct "before cursor" and "after cursor" combination, it is accessible via the menu selection:

User text module accessible via menu

Or via the shortcut Alt+I+M+7 (in my case).

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Is there anyway to make this shortcut shorter and more intuitive? Right now if I add another text module, I might need to reorder the modules and so change the shortcuts. –  Jess Riedel Nov 11 '13 at 4:59
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@JessRiedel: You could create your own hot keys via AutoHotkey. –  Werner Nov 11 '13 at 5:15
    
Thanks Werner, that's a good point. –  Jess Riedel Nov 11 '13 at 21:42
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