5.2 Key bindings
The key bindings for Microsoft Windows editor emulation are supplied in the LispWorks library file
config\msw-key-binds.lisp. This file is loaded the first time that you use Microsoft Windows editor emulation, or on startup if your preference is stored.
5.2.1 Finding the keys
There are several ways to find the key for a given command, and the command on a given key:
selection-key-binds.lisp show the default state, just like
key-binds.lisp shows the Emacs bindings.
The Editor command Describe Bindings shows all the current key bindings, including those specific to the buffer, the major mode and any minor modes that are in effect.
The Editor command Describe Key reports the command on a given key.
The Editor command Where Is reports the key for a given command.
Help > Editing menu.
5.2.2 Modifying the Key Bindings
As in Emacs emulation, the key sequences to which individual commands are bound can be changed, and key bindings can be set up for commands which are not, by default, bound to any key sequences.
Interactive means of modifying key bindings are described in Key bindings. Key bindings can also be defined programmatically via editor:bind-key forms similar to those in
However, note that you must use editor:set-interrupt-keys if you wish to alter the abort gesture.
5.2.3 Accessing Emacs keys
When Microsoft Windows emulation is on, Emacs keys are still available via the prefix
Ctrl+E. For example, to invoke the command
WFind File, enter:
Ctrl+E Ctrl+X Ctrl+F
Note that you will not have
Alt behaving as the
Meta key. However you can use
Ctrl+M instead. For example, to run the command Skip Whitespace, enter:
Ctrl+M X Skip Whitespace
5.2.4 The Alt modifier and editor bindings
In Microsoft Windows emulation on Microsoft Windows, keystrokes with the
Alt modifier key are used by the system to activate the menu bar. Therefore these keystrokes, for example
Alt+Ctrl+A are not available to the editor.
Windows accelerators always take precedence over editor key bindings, so in Emacs emulation the
Alt modifier key only acts as Meta though keystrokes with
Alt if there is no accelerator which matches.
On Cocoa, the preference for the Meta key affects the operation of menu accelerators (shortcuts). If
Command is used as Meta, then it will not be available for use as an accelerator.
LispWorks Editor User Guide (Windows version) - 17 Aug 2017