Creating and Using
You can record macros in the IDE to reduce what
would normally involve a long set of keystrokes to one keyboard
shortcut. In macros, you can combine the typing of
the Source Editor and the typing of other keyboard shortcuts.
To record a macro:
Put the insertion point in the part of a file in
the Source Editor where you want to record the macro.
in the Source Editor's toolbar (or press Ctrl-J and then type
) to begin recording.
Record the macro using any sequence of
keystrokes, whether it is the typing of characters or using
keyboard shortcuts. Mouse movements and clicks (such as menu
selections) are not recorded.
Source Editor's toolbar (or press Ctrl-J and then type
to finish recording.
In the Macro field of the Recorded Macro dialog
box that appears, fine-tune the macro, if necessary.
Click Add to assign a keyboard shortcut to the
In the Add Keybinding dialog box, press the keys
that you want to use for the keyboard shortcut. (For example, if
you want the shortcut Alt-Shift-Z, press the Alt, Shift, and Z
keys.) If you press a wrong key, click the Clear button to start
Be careful not to use a shortcut that is already
assigned. If the shortcut you enter is an editor shortcut, a
warning appears in the dialog box. However, if the key combination
is a shortcut that applies outside of the Source Editor, you will
You can assign a new shortcut in the Options
window. Choose Tools Options, click the Editor panel, select the
Macros tab, and then click the Set Shortcut button.