Chapter VIII. Customising Bluefish

1. Modifying shortcut keys
2. Showing hidden files and folders
3. Showing backup files
4. Editor appearance
5. Customizing the bookmarks path
6. Customizing the html tags style
7. Changing the author meta tag on the fly
8. Customizing files handling and browsing
8.1. Setting the encoding meta tag on save
8.2. Setting the default base directory
8.3. Merging file browser views
8.4. Backup files
8.5. Using multiple instances of a file
9. Customizing the user interface
10. Modifying file types
11. Modifying the files filters
12. Modifying the highlighting patterns

We have already seen how to customize the quick bar, the Custom menu, and the External menu. Here are some other possibilities, most of them being made through the Edit preferences panel, accessible from the Preferences... icon in the main tool bar or from the EditPreferences menu item.

1. Modifying shortcut keys

Many menu entries are accessible via key combination, also called a shortcut. For example, pressing the Ctrl-S keys saves the current file to disk. If available, shortcut key combinations are shown on the right of the menu entry.

To add or change a shortcut, move the mouse over the desired menu entry, and press the key combination you would like to use. Immediately this combination will show up on the right of the menu entry.

Here's a shortcut added to the FileOpen URL... menu item:

A screen shot showing how to add a shortcut to a menu item

Figure VIII.1. Adding a Shortcut to a Menu Item

To remove a shortcut, press the backspace key when you move the mouse over a menu entry to remove the shortcut.

To save the shortcut key combinations for later Bluefish sessions, use EditSave Shortcut Keys. This will store the settings in the ~/.bluefish/menudump_2.


If you want to restore the default combinations simply remove this file and restart Bluefish.


Be aware that if you give a menu entry the same shortcut as another one, the shortcut of the latter will be lost.