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Wed, Feb 10, 2010 at 2:58:30 PM | RST 2010 keyboard shortcuts - TXT file vs Options list

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I realized the other day that my keyboard shortcuts in 2010 were not working, and least not anything that I customized.  I couldn't figure out why.  the TXT file was where it should be, and everything was defined correctly.  So I went into the Options to see if you could set the location for the TXT file, and found a list of keyboard shortcuts inside the options menu.

 

I had not seen this before.  And the list did not match my TXT file.  In fact, it looks like it is just the default keyboard layout.  I made some changes, but can't find where it is saving these changes.  Anyone know why this list would not simply be reading the standard TXT file?


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Wed, Feb 10, 2010 at 3:27:04 PM | RST 2010 keyboard shortcuts - TXT file vs Options list

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Sounds like someone installed the Subscription Release Pack for Revit 2010 on your system that came out last fall.  Their are several advantages to being able to edit your shortcuts in the dialog.  One of which, is the ability to import your existing, customized keyboard shortcut file.  In the bottom left of the dialog, click the Import button to load your customized shortcut file.  In the browse dialog, change the file type to be imported to Revit 2010 Keyboard Shortcut Files (*.txt) and you are in business.  Once you have your custom keyboard shortcuts in the dialog, you can continue to modify the shortcuts in the dialog. There were other features of the Subscription Release Pack you might want to look into as well.  I've attached a doc that describes them.

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Wed, Feb 10, 2010 at 5:14:02 PM | RST 2010 keyboard shortcuts - TXT file vs Options list

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Thanks.  We had recently added the subscription pack.  I guess I still wonder why it is not saving edits made to the list under the Options menu back to the TXT file.  Why have two locations with different definitions?  It is just going to cause problems.  By default, it should read the TXT file.  Yes you can import it.  But why does it have a separate list from the default TXT file used before the subscription pack was loaded?

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Wed, Feb 10, 2010 at 6:15:35 PM | RST 2010 keyboard shortcuts - TXT file vs Options list

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Hello, With the Subscription Pack installed, your Revit product is now ignoring your external keyboardshortcut.txt file.  It is no longer required.  Your keyboard shortcut settings are now being stored within the program just like other settings such as Dimension Styles, Text Styles, Object Styles, etc.   The external keyboardshortcut.txt file is no longer used by the program but, because it is still available you can import your custom settings from it into the product through the new dialog. 

I have found it much faster to edit the shortcuts in the dialog since I don't have to navigate to an external file, perform the correct editing procedure like removing a semicolon, adding or not adding quotations, save the file, leave Revit and reload Revit to verify whether the shortcuts actually work.  With the dialog, I can just select the command I want a shortcut for in the dialog, type in the keys I wish to use and hit the Assign button.  Done!  My macro is immediately available.  This is a good thing! 


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Thu, Feb 11, 2010 at 2:19:23 PM | RST 2010 keyboard shortcuts - TXT file vs Options list

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THanks for the good clear explanation.  Now I understand what is happening.  I actually think I prefer to edit the text file, but whatever, it is nice to be able to change the definitions on the fly.  At least with the text file option, you could set up a routine to make sure everyone has the latest file every morning.  With this new internal method, I don't know any way that we can standardize between users automatically.

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Thu, Feb 11, 2010 at 2:33:17 PM | RST 2010 keyboard shortcuts - TXT file vs Options list

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Good Morning!   You could export a copy of any changes you make in the keyboard shortcuts dialog box to a shared folder on your server.  Your people would then always have a recommended shortcut file you created to import if they have the need (like if they messed their own up). 

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