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Keyboard shortcuts / Alt-→ for moving across words

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I am really used from other applications to use alt and arrows to move the cursor across words. I could not find a corresponding action in the Keyboard Shortcut preferences panel. Apart from wishing for this functionality, I also found it would be really useful to have a search control in the Keyboard Shortcut preferences panel to search for actions.

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I'm not sure there's a preference for it (or if there is, I couldn't find it), but while in a text frame I can use ctrl+right-arrow to move to the next word, or ctrl+left-arrow to move the the previous word.


-- Walt

Windows 10 Home, version 20H2 (19042.685),
   Desktop: 16GB memory, Intel Core i7-6700K @ 4.00GHz, GeForce GTX 970
   Laptop (2021-04-06):  32GB memory, Intel Core i7-10750H @ 2.60GHz
, Intel UHD Graphics Comet Lake GT2 and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
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Thanks for the suggestion Walt! Even though there are other options to achieve the same effect (command on macOS) I would prefer this to be consistent with all the other applications I am using... 

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You're welcome. All I can really say is that all the applications I can find here on Windows use ctrl+arrow, not alt, so it is consistent for me :)
As you're on Mac that may explain why you have a different experience.


-- Walt

Windows 10 Home, version 20H2 (19042.685),
   Desktop: 16GB memory, Intel Core i7-6700K @ 4.00GHz, GeForce GTX 970
   Laptop (2021-04-06):  32GB memory, Intel Core i7-10750H @ 2.60GHz
, Intel UHD Graphics Comet Lake GT2 and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
Affinity Photo 1.9.2.1035 and 1.9.2.1005 Beta   / Affinity Designer 1.9.2.1035 and 1.9.2.1005 Beta  / Affinity Publisher 1.9.2.1035 and 1.9.2.1024 Beta

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Just to add, the different meaning of alt-arrow breaks maxOS consistencies which trips me often when using my motor memory:

macOS standard:

  • command + leftarrow/backspace: move/delete to beginning of line
  • alt + leftarrow/backspace: move/delete to the beginning of the word

Publisher

  • command-leftarrow moves the cursor one word to the left
  • command-backspace deletes the whole sentence
  • alt-backspace deletes the previous word
  • (alt-leftarrow does something unrelated)

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