In typing up my work I frequently use the same mathematical expressions, for example \leq \epsilon. In Lyx I must type it this way and then invoke the math function; or else select the symbols from the math toolbar. It would save me a lot of time to have a keyboard shortcut for this combination and several others.

I looked at tools-preferences-edit-shortcuts hoping I could create my own shortcuts. I find I have the cua bind file. That seems to offer shortcuts for the Greek letters, but I can't get them to work. For example it lists math-insert \alpha as Alt+M G A but no matter how I try it, that doesn't insert anything into my document.

Can anyone tell me how to create shortcuts for some of my common multi-symbol uses?

  • Does math-insert \leq \epsilon do what you want?
    – scottkosty
    Apr 2, 2016 at 2:23
  • Yes, but I wouldn't call it short.
    – Betty Mock
    Apr 3, 2016 at 4:10
  • Ah so the problem is that you cannot add that as a shortcut? Can you please give the exact steps you took (e.g. I clicked here, entered this, etc.) and what happened?
    – scottkosty
    Apr 3, 2016 at 4:29
  • ALT+M G A should work, this is not a custom shortcut, you're supposed to press M while holding the alt, release both the alt and the m, then press G then A. If this does not work something might be wrong with your shortcuts
    – Elad Den
    Apr 5, 2016 at 9:05
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because the already known keyboard shortcut was entered the wrong way. Aug 29, 2017 at 19:25


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