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10.4: Create multi-line annotations in Preview Apps
Tiger only hintI was a little frustrated with the new "post-it" PDF annotation feature in Preview, as it seemed multi-line annotations weren't implemented. Pressing Return just unselected the annotation box, instead of inserting a line break.

After some testing, though, I found you can insert line breaks -- hit Option-Return and you'll insert a line break without deactivating the annotation box.
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10.4: Create multi-line annotations in Preview
Authored by: luhmann on Aug 18, '05 12:29:26PM

I think there should be a separate category on Mac OS X hints for all hints that involve the "option" key! Maybe pressing the option key when loading OS X hints could automatically hide all such hints.



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10.4: Create multi-line annotations in Preview
Authored by: mcbeewl on Aug 18, '05 12:54:19PM

That is a great idea. Perhaps a a section for modifyer keys in general. This is already a great site, adding a section for modifier keys would just be icing on the cake.



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ever-elusive keyboard and mouse shortcuts
Authored by: sjk on Aug 18, '05 06:01:43PM

Yes(!) ...

Someone, somewhere could be compiling a list of keyboard and mouse shortcuts for OS X apps. And/or more developers could publish that list for their apps, easily accessible under the Help menu. Finding that information is often a random, ad-hoc adventure, if it's discoverable at all.

<rant>
It's a mystery why things like this that seem so obviously helpful and useful haven't happened by now. Why not implement relatively simple things for the benefit of helping educate more people how to improve their computer skills? It's hard to imagine people coming to a site like MacOSXHints, eager to learn new usage hints and tips, wouldn't appreciate at least keyboard/mouse shortcuts help being available directly from apps they're using. Yet, unfortunately, apps with that kind of built-in quick reference have remained a minority.

Or, maybe I'm just passionately overestimating the general value of something that I'd personally welcome and appreciate so much?
</rant>

Probably anyone that could make a difference will never read this. Oh well. :-)



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ever-elusive keyboard and mouse shortcuts
Authored by: whoadoggy on Aug 18, '05 09:41:07PM

Along those lines, the ever elusive keyboard shortcuts I am looking for is to unhide all apps and to unminimize windows, the inverse of two commands for which there are keyboard shortcuts.

if you know, spread the word....



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ever-elusive keyboard and mouse shortcuts
Authored by: sjk on Aug 19, '05 12:59:41AM
Word. Thanks for the response. Some suggestions for what you asked:

You can probably assign a shortcut for Show All using Keyboard Shortcuts in System Preferences (with limitations) or with a third-party utility (less or no limitations).

To unminimize windows without using a mouse take a look at Witch (donationware). I'm not aware of any other way of doing that.

I've never tried those since I use a CodeTek VirtualDesktop Manager Pro and don't frequently hide apps or minimize windows. Well... the latter more often on this iBook G3 I'm using right now when a particular virtual desktop gets uncomfortably window-cluttered.

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ever-elusive keyboard and mouse shortcuts
Authored by: boredzo on Aug 22, '05 04:15:02PM

press ctrl-F3, use the arrow keys to navigate to the window you want to un-minimise, then press return. works for any other Dock tile, as well.

you can turn this on or off in the Keyboard & Mouse pane of System Preferences. it's on by default in Tiger.



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10.4: Create multi-line annotations in Preview
Authored by: adrianm on Aug 18, '05 02:49:15PM

I'm always amazed that fairly basic things like this crop up as hints, but then it just requires one in a hundred to be new to you to make it worth while.

As to option-return, I thought that was a fairly standard way of entering a line break without ending editing...



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10.4: Create multi-line annotations in Preview
Authored by: beanboyrjs on Aug 18, '05 05:33:36PM

Hmmm...I wonder if this is more widespread than just Preview. I found the same problem when trying to add multiple lines of Genre's in Delicious Library. Option came to the rescue then also.



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option-return
Authored by: sjk on Aug 18, '05 06:23:17PM
Yep, it's fairly standard, as adrianm mentioned... once you know it is. :-)

How to make more of these relatively simple things more widespread so they're easier for everyone to find and learn was the main point of my earlier rant. For example, I can't count the times I've wanted to say "check out 'keyboard and mouse shortcuts' under the Help menu" to provide someone with basic self-help info or to obtain that info for myself.

Final thoughts:

Maybe if Apple were to seriously pitch that idea at the Developers Conference it would start catching on. And they could certainly be adding it to more of their own apps, too. Heck, we already explicitly see some shortcuts after their actions under menu bar menus. Just tell us the rest of 'em already. :-)

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10.4: Create multi-line annotations in Preview
Authored by: stewf on Aug 23, '05 03:47:18PM

Yes! Works in iChat. Hallelujah!



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10.4: Create multi-line annotations in Preview
Authored by: boredzo on Aug 22, '05 04:23:42PM
another way to do this: ctrl-q, followed by any key entry (including key combos, but not including ⌘-key combos). ctrl-q is the emacs command for 'quote-char' (meaning 'enter this key command as literal text input'), and all Cocoa apps support the full range of emacs commands.

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