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Hot keys - only single keys, really?

Hot keys - only single keys, really?

Yet another obvious head-scrather that makes no sense.  Right now you can only add hotkeys for functions that are single lower-case letters, with the exceptions of function keys.  Is there a reason at all that we cannot use a combination of modifier and letter keys, including upper case?  Once again, you can do this in other CAD systems, but are really limited with single hotkeys in ProE.

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Emerald III

Key Sequence entered during mapkey definition can contain several characters.

For example:

dpl ... display datum planes

dpo ... display datum planes

Combination dp is forbidden if dpl and dpo combinations are used.

Newbie

Hey Martin - I was actually aware of that, and thought those make even less sense than single key operation, typin a "word" in sequence to get a macro to work, which is why I didn't bring it up.  What they need to do is what other systems have done for a long time - allow simple modifier(s) + key combination.  Works like a charm.

Aquamarine

"Single key operation" is what you are requesting, but your example requires pressing two keys "modifier + key combination".    Sounds like added complexity to me.

I have a mapkey called "ss" for save simplified rep.  It takes a second to move my finger to the s key and then hitting it again is in the hundredths of a second.  

WIth my manufacturing cap on, having mapkeys specific to capital letters is not poka-yoked.  How many times am I going to hit the s key when it should have been an S?  I wouldn't want to invoke this failure mode into the process.

Another alternative is to create a mapkey and associate an icon to it, than add the icon to the ribbon.  The icons themselves are customizable also.

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