WDSC shortcuts

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WDSC shortcuts - this is a (non-exhaustive) list of some of the keyboard shortcuts available in the LPEX editor of WDSC and RDi. Shortcuts can change between major versions of the product, so please be careful!


Keyboard shortcuts

Tip. Click on ?? in the columns below to sort the column.

Key                      Earliest version Type           Description
F12 6.x RSE Make editor active. This is particularly useful for switching back to the editor view from the iSeries Error list view after a compile.
Dbl-click on word 6.x Editing Selects word
Ctrl+C 6.x Editing Copies current selection
Ctrl+Del 5.x Editing Works like Field-Exit
Ctrl+V 6.x Editing Pastes clipboard contents
Ctrl+X 6.x Editing Cuts current selection to clipboard
Ctrl+Z 6.x Editing Undo
Ctrl+Y 6.x Editing ReDo
Ctrl+S 6.x Editing Save
Insert 6.x Editing Toggles insert mode (mode shows in header)
Ctrl+A 6.x Editing Selects all source
Ctrl+Shift+A 6.x Editing Fast Open. Open a source member. You don't need a filter or a List View, equivalent to a WRKMBRPDM. RDP 8.5 maps this to multiple commands; use Preferences->General->Keys to find and disable the undesired one.
Ctrl+Enter 6.x Editing Insert blank line after current (does not split)
Ctrl+F 6.x Searching Find ? simple in source
Ctrl+N 7.0.0.4 Searching Find next match from Ctrl+F
Ctrl+U 7.0.0.4 Searching Find previous match from Ctrl+F
Alt+L 6.x Editing Selects current line or extends selection block from previous selection to current line. Position to target, then take one of the Block Editing actions
Ctrl+D 6.x Editing Duplicates current line and places below
Ctrl+ Backspace 6.x Editing Deletes the line cursor is on
Ctrl+T 6.x Editing Bring the current line to the top of the view
Ctrl+M 6.x Searching Select matching block of source e.g. IF/ENDIF, DO/ENDDO.
Ctrl+Shift+M 6.x Searching Jump to end of matching block of source e.g. IF/ENDIF, DO/ENDDO.
Ctrl+Shift+O 6.x Searching Show matching block nesting e.g. IF/ENDIF, DO/ENDDO.
Ctrl+Q 6.x Editing Sets a marker at the current position. Quick Mark Alt+Qreturns
Alt+Q 6.01 Editing Jump to marker set by Ctrl+Q
Ctrl+J 6.x Editing Moves cursor back to last change made in source
Ctrl+2 . Editing Open the source in second view for editing
Ctrl+0 . Editing Close the second source view
Alt+S 6.x Editing Splits line at current cursor position
Alt+J 6.x Editing Joins line at current cursor position
Alt+R 6.x Editing Select rectangular block. Position to upper left, Alt+R. Position to lower right, Alt+R. Position to target, then take one of the Block Editing actions
Alt+C 6.x Block Editing Copy selected block and insert at current cursor position (code shifts)
Alt+D 6.x Block Editing Delete selected block
Alt+M 6.x Block Editing Move selected block and insert at current cursor position (code shifts)
Alt+Z 6.x Block Editing Copy selected block and over write at current cursor position
Alt+F7 6.x Block Editing Shift selected block left
Alt+F8 6.x Block Editing Shift selected block right
Alt+I 6.x Block Editing Lowercase selected block
Alt+K 6.x Block Editing Uppercase selected block
Alt+ PageUp 6.x Block Editing Position to top of selected block
Alt+ PageDown 6.x Block Editing Position to bottom of selected block
Alt+U 6.x Block Editing Deselects any currently selected text, including rectangular block
DblClick Header 6.x Shifts into full screen mode
Ctrl+F6 7.0.0.4 Editing Cycle between editors
Ctrl+F7 6.x RSE Switches between open views
Ctrl+F8 6.x RSE Switches between open perspectives
Ctrl+E 6.x RSE Displays list of open editors (also Source Location)
Ctrl+F4 6.x RSE Closes open editor
F1 6.x RSE Help
F3 6.x Searching Position Cursor on Sub-Routine or Procedure Name and F3 jumps to it. Use with Ctrl+Q and Alt+Q to return to your code.
F10 7.0.0.4 RSE Access the menus on the main menu bar
Shift+F10 7.0.0.4 RSE Access the context menu for the current view
Alt+Shift+Left 9.0.1 RSE Navigate to the previous editor pane (when multiple panes open on the same member)
Alt+Shift+Right 9.0.1 RSE Navigate to the next editor pane (when multiple panes open on the same member)
Ctrl+F10 7.0.0.4 RSE Pulldown menu for the current view (if there is one) In an editor, opens the menu for the marker bar to the left of the editor
Ctrl+Shift+C 6.x Editing Compiles current editor source member using last compile command for the current member-type
Ctrl+Shift+D 7.0? Editing Search by date
Ctrl+Shift+E 6.x RSE Switch to Editor. Allows selection and closing of editors.
Ctrl+Shift+V 6.x Editing Verifies current editor source member by performing a syntax check on it. Additionally, refreshes the WDSC cache.
Ctrl+Shift+, 7.x Searching After verify, move to the next problem.
Ctrl+Shift+. 7.x Searching After verify, move to the previous problem.
Ctrl+F5 6.x Editing Remove show messages from compile
Ctrl+Shift+F5 7.0.0.4 Editing Refresh outline view
Ctrl+Space 7.0.0.4 Editing Content assist (free-form RPG)
Ctrl+W 6.x Editing Show all (undo any filters)

Key bindings for Eclipse can be seen by using the Window->Preferences, General->Keys path, but these can be overridden by a perspective. You can also see the same list by Ctrl+Shift+L, but again, that is an incomplete list because shortcuts can be added silently by various perspectives and plug-ins.

User-suggested keyboard shortcuts

Keyboard shortcuts are more formally known as User Key Actions. See Remap keyboard shortcuts

Following are some shortcuts suggested by users (that is, they don't come with the IBM software distribution) To set up your own custom shortcuts:

  • Check that the key isn't already assigned. If it is, your custom shortcut will override the provided shortcut.
  • Windows->Preferences, LPEX Editor->User Key Actions
  • In the 'Key' box, enter the key in the form c-a-s-x where
    • c means hold down the Ctrl key. This is optional.
    • a means hold down th Alt key This is optional.
    • s means hold down the Shift key This is optional.
    • x is the actual key on the keyboard.
Key Function Description
a-s splitAndShift Split the line at the cursor position but do not start the new line at column 1, keep the new line aligned where the split point is. Replaces the supplied function split
c-a-f findSelection Performs a search on text that is selected. Will only search once unless the Find dialogue has Select Found Text selected. Can also be set by set findText.mark on
c-s-f filterSelection Filters on the selected text, showing only lines having the selection. Ctrl-U to undo the filter and see all lines.
c-a-l locateSequenceLine Lets one search for a sequence number (as opposed to c-l, which positions to a line / rrn number).
c-a-r keyRecorderStart Begin recording a keystroke macro.
c-a-p keyRecorderPlay Play back the last keystroke macro.
c-a-t keyRecorderStop Stop recording a keystroke macro.

LPEX commands

In addition to the keyboard shortcuts, the command line (at the bottom of the editing window) offers a range of available options. Pressing ESC will toggle into and out of the LPEX command line.

  • Sort will sort a range of selected lines (for instance, select your D specs and type sort in the command line).
  • Help will show help for specific commands (help sort).
  • ?seu will show specific actions related to IBM i source editing
  • trim will truncate source that opens with spaces extending far to the end of the line.
  • #### (any number not decimal formatted) will position to that line. For instance you want to position to line 1200.00 just type 1200 and press Enter.
  • To see a list of commands pre defined type ?commands into the LPEX command line, press Enter and look for the link "Default editor commands".
  • To see a list of commands you have run, toggle into the command line, press F4.

User LPEX commands

User commands are formally known as User Commands.

Eclipse and LPEX allow you to add user written commands or some of the sample commands as commands you can assign to a keyboard shortcuts or type into the LPEX command line. Commands do not need to be prefixed by the "action" command. Examples of commands are trim and sort.

To see a list of the sample actions and commands supplied by IBM type "?samples" into the LPEX command line and press Enter.

  1. To add a sample command you need to open the preferences, expand the "LPEX Editor" section and look for the "User Commands".
  2. Key the command word you want to use in the Name input
  3. Key the sample class name in the Class input or select from the drop down.

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