Key Names

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The best way to obtain the names of keys is to enter a new key binding in the User Interface > Keyboard > Custom Key Bindings preference. Alternatively, refer to the following enumeration of all keys.

Modifier keys supported for key bindings are:

  • Ctrl -- Either Control key.
  • Shift -- Either Shift key. This modifier is ignored with some key names, as indicated below.
  • Alt -- Either Alt key. This is not recommended for general use because bindings using it tend to conflict with menu accelerators and operating system or window manager operations. On OS X, the User Interface > Keyboard > Alt Key preference is used to configure which keys invoke Alt-key bindings.
  • Command -- Mac OS Command key. This is intended for use only on OS X.

Unmodified keys such core western alphabet keys are specified as follows:

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Digits and most punctuation can be specified but the Shift modifier will be ignored to accomodate different international keyboards:

0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

\` ~ ! @ # $ % ^ & \* ( ) - _ + = [ ] { } \\ | ; : ' " / ? . > , <

Special keys can also be used with any modifier:

Escape, Space, BackSpace, Tab, Linefeed, Clear, Return, Pause, Scroll_Lock, Sys_Req, Delete, Home, Left, Up, Right, Down, Prior, Page_Up, Next, Page_Down, End, Begin, Select, Print, Execute, Insert, Undo, Redo, Menu, Find, Cancel, Help, Break, Mode_switch, script_switch, Num_Lock,

F1, F2, F3, F4, F5, F6, F7, F8, F9, F10, F11, L1, F12, L2, F13, L3, F14, L4, F15, L5, F16, L6, F17, L7, F18, L8, F19, L9, F20, L10, F21, R1, F22, R2, F23, R3, F24, R4, F25, R5, F26, R6, F27, R7, F28, R8, F29, R9, F30, R10, F31, R11, F32, R12, F33, R13, F34, R14, F35, R15,

Additional key names that also ignore the Shift modifier include:

AE, Aacute, Acircumflex, Adiaeresis, Agrave, Ampersand, Any, Apostrophe, Aring, AsciiCircum, AsciiTilde, Asterisk, At, Atilde, Backslash, Bar, BraceLeft, BraceRight, BracketLeft, BracketRight, Ccedilla, Colon, Comma, Dollar, ETH, Eacute, Ecircumflex, Ediaeresis, Egrave, Equal, Exclam, Greater, Iacute, Icircumflex, Idiaeresis, Igrave, Less, Minus, Ntilde, NumberSign, Oacute, Ocircumflex, Odiaeresis, Ograve, Ooblique, Otilde, ParenLeft, ParenRight, Percent, Period, Plus, Question, QuoteDbl, QuoteLeft, Semicolon, Slash, Space, THORN, Uacute, Ucircumflex, Udiaeresis, Ugrave, Underscore, Yacute, acute, brokenbar, cedilla, cent, copyright, currency, degree, diaeresis, division, exclamdown, guillemotleft, guillemotright, hyphen, macron, masculine, mu, multiply, nobreakspace, notsign, onehalf, onequarter, onesuperior, ordfeminine, paragraph, periodcentered, plusminus, questiondown, registered, section, ssharp, sterling, threequarters, threesuperior, twosuperior, ydiaeresis, yen