Is there a shortcut in LyX for export to PDF?

Is there any way to auto export on save?

  • In Lyx you should be able to customize the shortcuts (Preferences->Editing->Shortcuts).
    – Guido
    Jan 6, 2013 at 6:09
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    Ctrl+R views the output in PDF. To me that's already exported...
    – Werner
    Jan 6, 2013 at 6:17

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The following works for me on Ubuntu with LyX 2.0.5:

To create a shortcut, go to Preferences > Editing > Shortcuts and click on "new". For the function put in buffer-export pdf2 (or if pdf2 is not the format you want then look under Preferences > File Handling > File Formats)

To save and export at the same time, either create a new shortcut or edit the current save shortcut, which is found in the same place. Under "show keybindings containing" text box put buffer-write. It will show the current shortcut (Ctrl + S by default). Click on it and click "modify". Change buffer-write to command-sequence buffer-export pdf2; buffer-write.

If you want to get rid of the dialog asking if you want to overwrite (which comes from the export), go to Preferences > Output and change the setting for "Overwrite on export".

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    It seems to me this does not work if file is already saved, since buffer-write aborts. command-sequence buffer-export pdf2; buffer-write seems to work. Nov 14, 2016 at 18:31
  • @user21952-is-a-great-name good point! I changed the order. Thanks.
    – scottkosty
    Nov 14, 2016 at 20:09

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