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IMC User's Manual | Fast Access Keys

Buttons to make posting in a room faster.

If you're using Internet Explorer 6 or Mozilla/Netscape 6 or higher, there are several keyboard accelerators you can use in Frames and Streaming when posting to a room:

  • Alt-Q: Brings the cursor to the drop-down list of handles so you can select from them.
  • Alt-W: Brings the cursor to the text area.
  • Alt-O: Toggles the OOC box.
  • Alt-S: Sends the post.
  • Alt-L: Locks or unlock the handle list when the handle-list locking option is enabled
  • Alt-Z: Refreshes the top frame in Frames and Streaming modes.
  • Alt-P: Pops up a preview window when that option is enabled.

You can also use hotkeys in IE and Firefox/Netscape to mark up text with HTML:

  • Ctrl-Shift-I: Italics
  • Ctrl-Shift-B: Bold
  • Ctrl-Shift-U: Underline
  • Ctrl-Shift-L: spoiLers
  • Ctrl-Shift-X: Strikethrough
  • Ctrl-Shift-C: ALL CAPS

If you highlight text and hit one of these hotkeys, the highlighted text will be surrounded by the tags in question. If you just hit a hotkey when there's no highlight, you'll get a pair of nested tags.

To see a menu of the hotkey choices in most text areas, press Ctrl-Shift by itself. Press Ctrl-Shift a second time to dismiss the menu, or wait a few seconds.

If you press a key while the menu is open, you insert that tag -- for instance, if you open the menu and press "I", you get the italics tags.

Problems With Keybindings In Some Browsers

Some people have reported when using Firefox 2.0 that fast-access keys in rooms (like Alt-S to send) don't work. That's because Firefox 2.0 uses a different default keybinding for fast-access keys in webpages: it's now Shift-Alt instead of just Alt alone, to keep it from conflicting with the regular menu commands.

If you liked the old behavior, you can fix this manually. Type about:config in the URL bar in FF, hit Enter, and then in Filter type ui.key to narrow down the results. Set the following values:

ui.key.chromeAccess to 4
ui.key.contentAccess to 4

This should cause the key bindings to behave like they used to.

Note that if some keybindings do not work, you may have another application that is trapping them. ICQ, for instance, traps Ctrl-Shift-I by default no matter what program you're in.

Note also that some browsers trap the hotkey commands as well. Flock, for instance, traps Ctrl-Shift-B to open a blog client window. If the cursor is anywhere other than the text area when you're typing, then the browser's commands take precedence.

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