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I am using LyX 2.0.6 on my macbook and would like to define a few custom shortcuts to make my life easier. In particular, I'd like to add the following command:

controlfa should insert an algorithm float.

LyX is installed in /Applications and uses /Applications/LyX/Contents/Resources/bin/mac.bind as it's keyboard shortcuts config file
So I looked at the syntax in in there and came up with the following custom.bind:

# Command - C 
# Option  - A 
# Control - M 
# Shift   - S 

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\bind "C-S-r"                       "dialog-show-new-inset ref"
\bind "C-A-c"                       "citation insert"
\bind "C-A-t"                       "citation insert"
\bind "M-f ~S-a"                    "float-insert algorithm"
\bind "M-f ~S-f"                    "float-insert figure"
\bind "M-f ~S-t"                    "float-insert table"

Now, this custom.bind lives at ~/.config/LyX/custom.bind, so I added the following line to my mac.bind:

\bind_file ~/.config/LyX/custom.bind

But I am unable to use the float command that I have defined in custom.bind. Thinking that this was an error in my syntax, I copied that line into menus.bind (and changed the bind file in LyX) and it did indeed work.

So why don't the commands in my custom.bind work?

Technical Specs:

  • mac OSX 10.9.4 (Mavericks)
  • LyX 2.0.6
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    So, just to be clear, this is a question about why your approach does not work, not how to customize shortcuts in general, right? Because for that you could also use the GUI interface available under Tools > Preferences > Editing > Shortcuts – Rasmus Aug 13 '14 at 6:25
  • @inspectorG4dget did you try what Rasmus suggested? Also, consider updating your LyX installation (although make sure everything is backed up). 2.0.6 is now considered old. – scottkosty Aug 21 '14 at 12:48
  • @Rasmus: I have had trouble finding the right shortcut itself, in the GUI (Some are menu shortcuts that don't appear in Tools > Preferences > ... . Further, every time I update my installation, I would lose my custom shortcuts. – inspectorG4dget Aug 21 '14 at 21:00
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    @inspectorG4dget: When a function does not appear in the list, you can click New to add it if you know the function to call -- I just tried adding a shortcut with function float-insert algorithm from your Q, and that worked on LyX 2.1 (under Ubuntu). That your custom settings are overridden on update sounds like a bug -- at least that does not happen under Ubuntu. – Rasmus Aug 25 '14 at 16:48
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    @Rasmus: ctrl+f is mapped to char-forward, which I never use. Deleting it and remapping float-insert algorithm to ctrl+f a got me exactly what I needed. If you consolidate the comments into an answer, I would gladly accept and give you the rep – inspectorG4dget Aug 28 '14 at 21:26
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I do not know how the custom .bind files work on Mac, so I can offer no insights about that.

However, seeing that the shortcut you want to define begins with Ctrl + f, your problem might have arisen due to a binding conflict. On Ubuntu, for example, Ctrl + f is by default bound to dialog-show findreplace. I've heard rumors that on Mac it is bound char-forward ;)

You can check whether the initial segment of your shortcut is already used by going to Tools > Preferences > Editing > Shortcuts and there search for ctrl+f (or whatever other shortcut you have problems getting to work).

If the initial segment is bound to something, then either choose a different shortcut, or remove the default binding.

Best of luck!

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