Provide alternate ways of clicking the paste toolbar button

Bug #518149 reported by Will Pittenger on 2010-02-06
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Bug Description

Currently, we need to use the Edit menu to access Paste Style and Paste in Place. However, if we make the user hold down a modifier key, we could put more commands into a single toolbar button.

*No modifier: standard Paste
*With Shift down: Paste in Place
*With CTRL down: Paste Style

Note: This does somewhat conflict with the concept that each toolbar button or menu item is a command that can be moved to either the menu or toolbar as desired by the user. (See what MS Office can do in that regard.) One solution there would turn the Paste button into a split button. The right part would be a drop menu with more options. However, this wouldn't eliminate a mouse click.

description: updated
su_v (suv-lp) on 2010-02-06
tags: added: clipboard ui
Changed in inkscape:
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
jazzynico (jazzynico) on 2010-05-20
tags: added: shortcuts
Kris (kris-degussem) wrote :

Using key modifiers on toolbar buttons would be a big change in UI behaviour that I do not know in other programs. As said in the bug description, split button might be an option.
However, in upcoming Inkscape 0.49, the user can set keyboard shortcuts for many frequently used commands (Edit > Preferences > Interface). For the proposal: the default shortcuts are:
*Paste in Place: ALT+Ctrl+V
*Paste Style: Shift+Ctrl+V

@Will: is this sufficient and does it conform to your needs?

Changed in inkscape:
status: New → Incomplete

Maybe. I don't know. Can a command have multiple shortcuts? As for other programs using that, some Firefox buttons, at least with extensions, can add such functionality. A common target is the refresh button.

su_v (suv-lp) wrote :

> Can a command have multiple shortcuts?

Yes, this is supported (and in use), but you need to manually edit the keymap file, and only one will be displayed in the GUI (determined by a special attribute). The built-in shortcut editor for user-defined shortcuts does not support adding multiple mappings for the same verb.

jazzynico (jazzynico) on 2016-03-14
Changed in inkscape:
status: Incomplete → New
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