Stringed keyboard shortcuts

Bug #1616154 reported by Art on 2016-08-23
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Bug Description

The following feature, if implemented, would tremendously speed
  up board layout.

   - this is more complicated but would
  simplify the interface significantly. I'm talking about Altium style
  (if they still use them, it's been a while since the last time I used
  it) For example to place a via using this approach you would pres "P"
  and then "V" or to place a track "P" and then "T" or to add a zone you
  would press "A" and "Z" etc.

  There are basic groups for the first layer of the shortcut which a lot of
  objects use, such as Add, Place, Switch etc. It is easy to memorize
  the shortcuts because each shortcut is intuitive and is alliterated
  with the name of the action taken. Currently to access some functions
  you need to go 3 or 4 levels deep in the context menu.

Chris Pavlina (pavlina-chris) wrote :

Honestly I'd really like this. We've got way too many commands to assign every one of them to a key, but it would be very nice if they could still be accessible. Works for Altium indeed, I quite liked it when I used it there.

Changed in kicad:
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
status: New → Confirmed

Some other propose here:

I am also in favor of a simplification.

Other point that I would like to propose is that the shortcut key have to one-hand accessible, leaving the order one to mouse around. This will make a more ergonomic software.

For example: to exit the heritagy schematic we use <Alt>+<Backspace> and most of the shortcuts are in the left side of the keyboard. So <Alt>+<Esc> appear a more ergonomic way to use it.

tags: added: feature.request ui
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