This short post is about a selection of keyboard short cuts I find particularly useful in memoQ.
There are actually quite a number of blog posts on this topic already, which are either quite detailed or just brief lists of short cuts the writer has found to be useful personally. My post here falls in the second category. Perhaps you'll also benefit from using these combinations of keys in your own work with memoQ.
Five useful "F" keys (in the top row of your keyboard)
- Press F1 to call up memoQ's help documentation
- ... F2 to edit a source segment, e.g. to correct a spelling mistake
- ... F4 to auto-assemble a target segment, i.e. automatically insert matching target terms from your project TBs into the target segment to assemble a preliminary translation (using your own resources, not MT)
- ... F7 to do a spelling check
- ... F9 to insert the next tag into the target segment.
Five other useful functions called up by pressing Ctrl and another key simultaneously
Ctrl + K: calls up the concordance window so you can search for a word or phrase in all the TMs attached to your current project. To use it, double-click on a term to mark it, then press Ctrl and K at the same time. You'll then see a list of occurrences of the term in your TM entries if it crops up there.
Ctrl + Enter key: confirms the current target segment and sends it off to your primary TMs
Ctrl + P: look up a term in your project TBs
Ctrl + Q: save a source and matching target term to your primary TB instantaneously (remember, Q = "quick")
Ctrl + E: save a source and matching target term to your primary TB and then change or supplement either entry in a term-base dialogue (remember, E = enter a term)
On a final note, it's helpful to know that quite a number of keyboard short cuts used in memoQ are identical to those used in the popular Office programs made by Microsoft. One example is Ctrl + F (or H) to find (and replace) a phrase (F = "find"). Pressing F1 to call up the program's help documentation is another.
A full list of keyboard short cuts is included in memoQ's help documentation, both offline (press F1!) and online (http://kilgray.com/memoq/2014/help-en/index.html).
Try some of the short cuts out and see if you find them handy. There are far too many of them for users to be able to remember them all, unfortunately, but the ones you use most often will obviously be the ones you recall best. Whichever short cuts you pick up, they'll save you time and improve your productivity.
Incidentally, did you know you can customise a lot of short cuts in memoQ? To find out more, see Kevin Lossner's blog post and Kilgray's help documentation on the subject (see the links below).
Kilgray has a detailed list of short cuts in its online knowledge base (there's a PDF file you can download from there, too)
Here's a nice overview of memoQ's short cuts arranged in practical groups
Kevin Lossner's post on customising keyboard short cuts
For the sake of comparison, here's one on SDL Trados Studio 2014:
Translator Emma Goldsmith has written several blog posts on keyboard short cuts found in this CAT tool. This one is on basic commands
and this is one on short cuts for more advanced users of Studio 2014.