Keyboard shortcuts in the Formula Editor

Thursday 24 December 2015 @ 1:00 am

My computer career goes back to the first IBM PC, long before the mouse was introduced. That makes me a big fan of keyboard shortcuts. I find that many tasks go faster when I don’t have to lift my fingers off of the keyboard to grab the mouse. For example, I usually cut, copy and paste from the keyboard using Ctrl+X, Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V.

So I was very pleased to learn some new keyboard shortcuts that are specific to the Crystal Reports formula edtor. I knew these two:

Ctrl+A : standard ‘select all’ selects the entire formula
Ctrl+S : save the formula (and close formula editor)

But I did not know these three until one of my customers pointed them out:

Alt+S : save the formula (without closing the formula editor)
Alt+M : comment / uncomment selected lines
Alt+C : check the formula

The Alt+S is one I have been looking for so I have already added it to my toolbox. And, thanks to Laurie Weaver, a developer at Wyse Solutions, for sharing this this idea.

(For examples of my most popular formulas, please visit the FORMULAS page on my website.)

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