Dymola 2020x keyboard shortcuts for the ribbon

Dymola 2020x has an improved user interface and in the process has modified keyboard shortcuts for accessing functionality that previously was on the toolbar and is now on the ribbon. This blog post looks at the new keyboard shortcuts used to navigate the Dymola ribbon and select the tools. Other useful shortcuts can be found on Section 2.8 of the Dymola User Manual 1A.

Activating the shortcuts

The ribbon shortcuts can be activated by pressing the Alt key twice. When this is done a list of possible keyboard shortcuts appears as in Figure 1.

Figure 1.  To display the keyboard shortcuts for the ribbon press Alt twice

Figure 1. To display the keyboard shortcuts for the ribbon press Alt twice

In Figure 1 the keyboard shortcuts can be selected by pressing the displayed key. For example, to access the desired quick shortcuts press 1-7 or to access a ribbon press F, G, D, T, S or O. When a ribbon shortcut is selected then the ribbon will be expanded with the keyboard shortcuts displayed as in Figure 2.

Many of these shortcuts on the ribbon will require pressing two keys consecutively, for example press C and then O to access the Commands menu.

Figure 2.  Selecting a ribbon in Figure 1 will open that ribbon with the shortcut keys displayed.
Figure 2. Selecting a ribbon in Figure 1 will open that ribbon with the shortcut keys displayed.

The Commands menu now contains shortcuts for the functions that are in this menu, so these can now be accessed using keyboard shortcuts.

Exceptions

Existing shortcuts prevail over the above mentioned shortcuts. For example, in Figure 1 the Graphics ribbon is selected then pressing T will toggle the Transition Mode, instead of accessing the Text ribbon. To access the Text ribbon press Shift+T.

Package browser navigation

The keyboard can also be used to navigate the Package Browser. One can navigate to the desired library location by pressing the first letter of the desired library. Again, existing shortcuts prevail so to access a library starting with T press Shift+T if the Graphics ribbon is open.

Figure 3.  The package browser can be navigated using the keyboard
Figure 3. The package browser can be navigated using the keyboard

Conclusions

It takes a little time to get used to these new shortcuts and some things require an extra key or two to get to. However it is possible to activate more functions and I like being able to access Command menu functions using the keyboard as this was not previously possible.

Written by: Garron Fish – Chief Engineer

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