How to insert \left( \right) by simply typing e.g. 'cmd+m' on Texshop.

As an example:

write 2+2 and then 'cmd+m' and the output is:



Although, the left and right are not needed in this specific example, I was looking for a way to create my own macro and this was the first question the popped up. Now that I have figured it out, here is how you would create such a macro in TexShop:

  1. In TeXShop go to Macros/Open Macro Editor and a window

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  2. Select:

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  3. Chose a name and in the Content: section type


    and select your shortcut key as b (m is used to minimize the window):

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  4. Select:

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  5. Optional: Next time you go back into the Macro Editor you will see your custom macro listed and selecting it will show you the contents:

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Now if you highlight the 2+2:

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hit b you obtain the desired results:

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  • I am currently using v3.57 so if your version is not the same things may be slightly different.
  • The #sel# portion is represents the selected text and the #INS# defines where the cursor should be after the macro completes. You can select other commands and see how they are coded if you desire to define a more elaborate macro.


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