Creating Keyboard Shortcuts
There are often times where you may use a command often enough to merit creating a custom keyboard shortcut. This can easily be accomplished in Surfer 12 by customizing the keyboard map.
The Help | Keyboard Map command displays a list of the current keyboard commands. The Category list contains the menu commands for the selected accelerator. The Show Accelerator for list allows you to view the keyboard commands for the Plot Document, Grid Document, or Worksheet.
In this example, we will create a custom keyboard shortcut for the commonly used Grid | Data command.
To create a custom keyboard command:
Once you have created a keyboard shortcut for your frequently used commands, they are very easy and convienant to use. Below I have outlined using the CTRL + SHIFT + D keyboard shortcut to execute the Grid | Data command.
Just like using the command toolbar, the Grid | Data command will initiate the Open Data dialog to select the data file that you would like to grid.
In the Open Data dialog, select the data file that contains the XYZ data that you would like to grid. Click Open to proceed to the Grid Data dialog. From the Grid Data dialog, you can specify the data columns you would like to set as your X, Y, and Z variables, as well as customized other aspects of the grid.
The steps above outline the method that you can use to streamline your workflow by creating keyboard shortcuts for your commonly used commands, such as Grid | Data.
For commands that you use frequently, this can save you time by easily creating a series of keyboard shortcuts that you can use to improve your efficiency and use of Surfer!
Further information about customizing settings in Surfer can also be found in the Surfer Help. In the Contents tab, navigate to Surfer 12 | Options, Defaults, and Customizations. Here you can find additional information about customizing Surfer so that it works better for you!
In addition to these customization features within Surfer, Golden Software offers many resources to assist you in learning the program:
Tutorials: to access, click Help | Tutorials.
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