Jump to content
Our response time is longer than usual currently. We're working to answer users as quickly as possible and thank you for your continued patience.

Designer, key combo for duplicate


Recommended Posts

So many videos available on the internet talk about duplicating an object in Designer by using Command-C followed by Command-J. I am running Designer version 1.10.5 on a Mac using Mac OS 10.14.6 and that sequence just doesn't work for me. Following the key combination shown in the Edit menu, I use Option-Shift-Command-S and that works fine. But it is an awkward combination. What happened to Command-J? It would be so much simpler.

And, for that matter, why do I need to keep repeating it? In Illustrator it was possible in a dialog box to specify how many times you wanted something to done, meaning just a handful of clicks. In Designer it could, in some circumstances, require hundreds of clicks.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Where are you seeing this ‘Ctrl+C and then Ctrl+J’ combination?
Ctrl+C copies the layer (nothing happens in the document) and Ctrl+J duplicates the layer (a new layer is added to the document).
I can’t think of an occasion where I would want to use Ctrl+C and then Ctrl+J deliberately.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Thanks for your prompt reply, GarryP.

As i said in my first sentence, I am seeing it in videos on the internet. For example, this video <

is only six months old and uses the Command-J key combination at about the 28 minute mark.>

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Oops!

I don't now what went wrong but when I tried to paste in the URL, well... you can see what happened and my message was posted before I had finished writing it. And now, of course, it is there for eternity!

You mention Ctrl+C, suggesting to me that you are using a Windows machine whereas, as I stated, i am using a Mac. For me the modifier key is Command.

I never use that combination of Command+C and then Command+J because, as I stated in my first post, they don't work for me. However, I do use the duplication command (mostly from the Edit menu rather than the awkward Option+Shift+Command+S bunch) when I want to use an object multiple times within a file (or even if I only want to use it once more.)

Why does Command+J duplicate for the authors of how-to videos but not for me?

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Have you checked to see what Ctrl+J is set-up to do on your machine in the keyboard shortcuts?
Have a look at the Edit menu and see what Duplicate Selection has as its keyboard shortcut.
If it’s not Ctrl+J then you have different keyboard shortcuts.

(As you say, Windows Ctrl key = macOS Command key)

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Perhaps the easiest thing would be if you could post a screen grab of your Edit Menu?

Acer XC-895 : Core i5-10400 Hexa-core 2.90 GHz :  32GB RAM : Intel UHD Graphics 630 : Windows 10 Home
Affinity Publisher 2 : Affinity Photo 2 : Affinity Designer 2 : (latest release versions) on desktop and iPad

Link to comment
Share on other sites

GarryP, the keyboard combination shown in my Edit menu is Option+Shift+Command+S. I have not changed any assigned key combination since I installed Designer some three years ago so this is the conbination that came striahg tout of the box.

PaulEC, I thought my description was fairly clear but, if you want a screen shot. Here it is

Affinity DesignerScreenSnapz001.jpg

Link to comment
Share on other sites

7 minutes ago, Furry said:

GarryP, the keyboard combination shown in my Edit menu is Option+Shift+Command+S. I have not changed any assigned key combination since I installed Designer some three years ago so this is the conbination that came striahg tout of the box.

It should be nowadays in/for ADe be different as default ...

edit_1.jpg.695b4e704cfe289a96be9e943dd60a6c.jpg

... check also the Preferences keyboard shortcut settings tell ...

edit_2.jpg.2a4f405422345ab91cf3e4da47460fbf.jpg

 

 

 

 

☛ Affinity Designer 1.10.5 ◆ Affinity Photo 1.10.5 ◆ OSX El Capitan

Link to comment
Share on other sites

15 minutes ago, Furry said:

So when did it change? And why?

I don't think the default ever changed.

-- Walt

Desktop:  Windows 11 Home, version 21H2 (22000.613) 64GB memory, AMD Ryzen 9 5900 12-Core @ 3.00 GHz, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 
Laptop:  Windows 10 Home, version 21H2 (19044.1706) 32GB memory, Intel Core i7-10750H @ 2.60GHz, Intel UHD Graphics Comet Lake GT2 and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU.
        Affinity Photo 1.10.6 (.1665) and 2.0..3  and 2.0.3.1670 beta/ Affinity Designer 1.10.6 (.1665)  and 2.0.3 and 2.0.3.1670 beta / Affinity Publisher 1.10.6 (.1665)  and 2.0.3 and 2.0.3.1670 beta
iPad Pro M1, 12.9", iPadOS 16.3, Apple Pencil 2, Magic Keyboard

      Affinity Photo 1.10.6 and 2.0.3 / Affinity Designer 1.10.6 and 2.0.3 / Affinity Publisher 2.0.3

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Hmmm . . .

Hi Walt. I was hoping your sound advice might come along.

So why does my Designer have a rogue shortcut? I have never changed it.

Now here is a curious thing. I watched a couple of how-to videos on YouTube purporting to show me how to change shortcuts. Then I tried to do it. I went into Preferences, clicked on Shortcuts, selected the Edit menu in the dialog box, scrolled down to "Duplicate" and yes, it shows Option+Shift+Command+S. It also shows a yellow triangle and, when I hovered over it, I was told that the same shortcut is used by the Export menu item. So I clicked on the circled cross to clear the Duplicate shortcut. Then I put in Command+J. So far so good. I closed the preference dialog and went back to my document. I created a simple rectangle, selected it and hit Command+J.

Nothing! No duplicate. No cigar.

I opened the Edit menu and there I could see that the shortcut for duplicate was still Option+Shift+Command+S. Heavy sigh!

I re-opened the Preference dialog and it clearly shows Command+J.

Maybe I need to restart, I think. So I quit and relaunched Designer. Re-opened the Preference dialog and, would you believe, it still shows the shortcut for Duplicate as Option+Shift+Command+S, complete with yellow triangle!

What am I overlooking? Or do I (please, no!) have a corrupt app?

Link to comment
Share on other sites

In the Windows version there is a reset button for shortcuts, assuming it's the same in Mac, maybe that's worth a try!

Acer XC-895 : Core i5-10400 Hexa-core 2.90 GHz :  32GB RAM : Intel UHD Graphics 630 : Windows 10 Home
Affinity Publisher 2 : Affinity Photo 2 : Affinity Designer 2 : (latest release versions) on desktop and iPad

Link to comment
Share on other sites

33 minutes ago, Furry said:

Re-opened the Preference dialog and, would you believe, it still shows the shortcut for Duplicate as Option+Shift+Command+S, complete with yellow triangle!

Quote

-->  If your chosen shortcut has already been assigned, a warning triangle (Remove shortcut) shows next to the shortcut. To resolve, assign a different shortcut.

See also: Customizing keyb shortcuts

☛ Affinity Designer 1.10.5 ◆ Affinity Photo 1.10.5 ◆ OSX El Capitan

Link to comment
Share on other sites

To PaulEC:

On my Mac there is no button to reset shortcuts. There is a button labelled "Apple Defaults" and another labelled "Serif Defaults." I tried clicking each of them but nothing changed. Then I cleared (by clicking on the cross within a circle) the shortcut for Duplicate altogether and closed the dialog box. But the Edit menu still shows the Option+Shift+Command+S shortcut.

So my question again is: What am I overlooking? Why can't I change the shortcut

Link to comment
Share on other sites

To v_kyr:

Yes, I have already looked at each of those links. They both assume the shortcut for Duplicate is Command+J and i would like to make that so on my machine but, as i have outlined clearly in this thread, it is not working.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

To Palatino:

Yes, that is exactly the way I use Duplicate but, in my case, it is not Command+J but Option+Shift+Command+S. I would like to change it but, as i have outlined clearly in this thread, the change is not working.

I do hope someone can tell me what I am overlooking.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

44 minutes ago, Furry said:

To v_kyr:

Yes, I have already looked at each of those links. They both assume the shortcut for Duplicate is Command+J and i would like to make that so on my machine but, as i have outlined clearly in this thread, it is not working.

Then try out resetting the app defaults here and look afterwards how it behaves then! - See therefor:

And also importantly this here ...

Quote

Reset Keyboard Shortcuts
This will delete any custom keyboard shortcuts you've created or modified. You will need to export these by going to Preferences > Keyboard Shortcuts > Save before resetting.

 

☛ Affinity Designer 1.10.5 ◆ Affinity Photo 1.10.5 ◆ OSX El Capitan

Link to comment
Share on other sites

1 hour ago, Furry said:

I do hope someone can tell me what I am overlooking.

I am assuming you are running the application from the standard location in the Mac's Application folder, not a separate home made folder within that Applications folder or an altogether different location. If the Designer application is not in the Applications folder odd things happen.

In the Finder type Shift + Command + G this will bring up the Go To dialog. Type ~/Library in it and hit return. Now type Command + F to do a search in that folder, you will have to select the Library folder.

1925614667_ScreenShot2022-09-06at8_29_09AM.png.4a463113a483041b5aa3f84057d723d8.png

Select File Extension instead of the default Kind in the dropdown menu.

11930466_ScreenShot2022-09-06at8_35_44AM.png.35bb54076ae90061f61be25a1a3a2fd6.png

type in .affshortcuts you should see something like this
1925614667_ScreenShot2022-09-06at8_29_09AM.png.4a463113a483041b5aa3f84057d723d8.png

There are three because I have Designer, Photo, and Publisher.

Screen Shot 2022-09-06 at 8.33.49 AM.png

Mac Pro (Late 2013) Mac OS 11.7.3 
Affinity Designer 2.0.4 | Affinity Photo 2.0.4 | Affinity Publisher 2.0.4 | Beta versions as they appear.

I have never mastered color management, period, so I cannot help with that.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

6 hours ago, Furry said:

On my Mac there is no button to reset shortcuts. There is a button labelled "Apple Defaults" and another labelled "Serif Defaults."

Comparing some of the screenshots others have posted vs. what I see on my Mac running Catalina, I think "Serif Defaults" is the same thing that for me is labelled simply "Reset," the button between  "Apple Defaults" & "Clear All Shortcuts."

before trying it (if you have not already) I suggest using the "Save" button to save the shortcuts you have now, just in case you need to reload them later.

All 3 1.10.6, & all 3 V2.03 Mac apps; 2020 iMac 27"; 3.8GHz i7, Radeon Pro 5700, 32GB RAM; macOS 10.15.7
Affinity Photo 
1.10.6; Affinity Designer 1.10.6; & all 3 V2 apps for iPad; 6th Generation iPad 32 GB; Apple Pencil; iPadOS 15.7

Link to comment
Share on other sites

To v_kyr:

I quit from Designer and relaunched with the CTRL key held down (I thought first it might be an instance of windows vs Mac and tried it with Command held down but nothing happened) and then, when the dialog box appeared, I made sure just "Clear User Defaults" was selected. Then I hit the "Clear" button and, after a moment or three, the splash screen appeared and Designer was launched. However, the key combination for Duplicate was still showing Option+Shift+Command+S.

Heavy sigh!

Link to comment
Share on other sites

3 minutes ago, Furry said:

However, the key combination for Duplicate was still showing Option+Shift+Command+S.

Heavy sigh!

Have you tried the using  the "Serif Defaults" button in the Keyboard Shortcuts Preference?

All 3 1.10.6, & all 3 V2.03 Mac apps; 2020 iMac 27"; 3.8GHz i7, Radeon Pro 5700, 32GB RAM; macOS 10.15.7
Affinity Photo 
1.10.6; Affinity Designer 1.10.6; & all 3 V2 apps for iPad; 6th Generation iPad 32 GB; Apple Pencil; iPadOS 15.7

Link to comment
Share on other sites

To Old Bruce:

I followed your instructions step by step and eventiually got to the screen showing that I wanted it to search Library for the file extension .affshortcuts. I hit return and all I got was this:

image.thumb.jpeg.98d329782b85ad832b8578ed9861fd6f.jpeg

No results at all. I have Designer, Photo and Publisher all installed but not a sausage. What have I misunderstood?

I'm sorry the screen shot is so big but it must have something to do with my screen having a resolution of 144ppi.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Loading...
 Share

×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

Please note there is currently a delay in replying to some post. See pinned thread in the Questions forum. These are the Terms of Use you will be asked to agree to if you join the forum. | Privacy Policy | Guidelines | We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue.