Changing the focus from Function List panel to the main editor, and vice-versa



  • Hi everyone,

    I would like to know if there is a keyboard shortcut to change the focus from a side panel (e.g., Function List, Document Map, etc…) to the main editor window, and vice-versa (i.e., back from the main editor window to the Function List, for example).

    I could not find a similar shortcut in the shortcut mapper. The ‘F8’ shortcut returns to the previous view but does not allow for alternating between open side panels and the main window.

    Is there a keyboard shortcut or a plugin to do this, please? If not, is there a tutorial to add this functionality to N++?

    Thank you very much in advance!



  • @Captain-Shepard said in Changing the focus from Function List panel to the main editor, and vice-versa:

    I would like to know if there is a keyboard shortcut to change the focus from a side panel

    Afaik, ALT+W+W+ENTER works most of the time. (I know in document map it doesn’t)



  • @Ekopalypse said in Changing the focus from Function List panel to the main editor, and vice-versa:

    Afaik, ALT+W+W+ENTER works most of the time

    Maybe better said as Alt+w then w then Enter.



  • @Ekopalypse said in Changing the focus from Function List panel to the main editor, and vice-versa:

    Afaik, ALT+W+W+ENTER works most of the time. (I know in document map it doesn’t)

    Hi @Ekopalypse, @Alan-Kilborn

    FWIW, it doesn’t work in my setup, though ALT+N, then N then Enter works. In other words, take into account that it’s language dependant.

    Have Fun!



  • Hello, @captain-shepard and **All,

    Here is a non-exhaustive table of the ways to switch from a panel to the main editor window and vice-versa

    I surely forgot some obvious ways ! For instance, modifying a localization file in order to use the Alt + Letter method

    •---------------------------------------•-----------------------------•------------------------------------------------------•
    |                 Panel                 |  From Panel to Main Editor  |              From Main Editor to Panel               |
    •---------------------------------------•-----------------------------•------------------------------------------------------•
    |                                       |                             |                                                      |
    |  Project                              |  Window key, twice          |  Click on Panel's title                              |
    |                                       |                             |                                                      |
    |  Folder as Workspace                  |  Window key, twice          |  Click on Panel's title                              |
    |                                       |                             |                                                      |
    |  Function list                        |  Window key, twice          |  Click on Panel's title                              |
    |                                       |                             |                                                      |
    |  Character panel                      |  Window key, twice          |  Click on Panel's title  or hit a User Shortcut      |
    |                                       |                             |                                                      |
    |  Clipboard History                    |  Window key, twice          |  Click on Panel's title  or hit a User Shortcut      |
    |                                       |                             |                                                      |
    |  Incremental search                   |  Window key, twice          |  ALt + Ctrl + I                                      |
    |                                       |                             |                                                      |
    |  Find Result                          |  F7                         |  F7                                                  |
    |                                       |                             |                                                      |
    |  Find / Replace/ Find in Files/ Mark  |  Alt + Tab                  |  Ctrl + F / Ctrl + H / Shift + Ctrl + F / Ctrl + M   |
    |                                       |                             |                                                      |
    |  Go to                                |  Alt + Tab                  |  Ctrl + G                                            |
    •---------------------------------------•-----------------------------•------------------------------------------------------•
    

    Best Regards,

    guy038



  • @guy038

    I’m confused about the Alt+Tab ones.
    For me this switches apps, not windows within an app…



  • @Alan-Kilborn ,

    The Alt+Tab may have been a Windows change at some point. IIRC, @guy038 still uses WinXP, and it may be that Microsoft allowed Alt+Tab to work with sub-dialogs in a version from that long ago; I don’t remember. But I can confirm with my Win10 that Alt+Tab will not take you from the Find dialog back to the main NPP window.



  • @PeterJones

    The Alt+Tab may have been a Windows change at some point

    I have no specific memories of WinXP as it has been close to a decade since I used it, but it seems like Alt+Tab has pretty much always been an “app switcher” in Windows?

    @guy038 still uses WinXP

    Guy should have a “Donate” button for when he provides regex help. Get himself a new Win10 capable box very quickly. :-)



  • Hi, @captain-shepard, @peterjones, @alan-kilborn and All,

    Ah… OK ! So, certainly, the Alt + Tab combination must be Win XP specific !

    For instance, let suppose I’ve just opened Notepad++ and the Calc software, on my Win XP laptop :

    • Hit CTRL + F => The Find dialog opens

    • Hit Alt + Tab => Focus is now on the Main Editor

    • Hit CTRL + F, again => The Find dialog is back, on the foreground

    • Hit Alt + Tab => Focus is back , again, on the Main Editor

    • Hit Alt + Tab, again => Calc.exe is selected

    • Hit Alt + Tab, a last time => Notepad++.exe is selected and focus is , again, on the main editor window, with the Find dialog in the background


    Alan, you’re teasing me, but you’re right! I’m almost ashamed ! So 2021 should be a big year — for me — with a brand-new Win 10 laptop !

    BR

    guy038



  • @guy038 said in Changing the focus from Function List panel to the main editor, and vice-versa:

    you’re teasing me, but you’re right! I’m almost ashamed ! So 2021 should be a big year — for me — with a brand-new Win 10 laptop !

    2021 ??
    You really need a gofundme.
    All these slackers/takers that have milked you for regexes over the years should be hounded up and asked to donate.
    You’d surely get your new laptop before 2020 is out.



  • Hello, @Alan-kilborn and All,

    In fact, I feel a bit silly because because I just flew over your idea, Alan and my answer really needs to be understood in the first degree :

    At no time did I want to suggest that people should donate to help me get a new laptop !

    I just wanted to say that it was time to stop bothering, you all, with my old Win XP machine and that it was urgent for me to change times ! ( probably for Christmas )

    I know…, I must have already said that, last year ;-)))

    Cheers,

    guy038



  • @guy038 said in Changing the focus from Function List panel to the main editor, and vice-versa:

    At no time did I want to suggest that people should donate to help me get a new laptop !

    Of course not; all my idea.
    Nobody interpreted it as you with your hand out.
    At least I don’t think so.
    I’ll cease with the joking around as perhaps it is making you feel awkward; apologies.


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