related to tags

I would like to be able to:

  • have the option of using the list view in the upper right pane of the 3-pane view,
  • tag and/or label multiple items at once,
  • search directly on tags from the simple and advanced search tools,
  • put a “create new smart group” icon in the toolbar,
  • have a keyboard shortcut to create a new smart group and a keyboard shortcut to edit the selected smart group, and (finally!)
  • put an icon for a particular smart group in the toolbar.

Thanks very much for considering those!!


thanks for the suggestions!

The final release will support this.

You can modify shortcuts of all menu items via system preferences.

System Preferences certainly lets one add a keyboard shortcut for the menu command, “Smart Group…” (which I’ve found very handy).

But I haven’t been able to get it to do the same for, “Edit…” —at least not running DTPO 2.0.1 on Snow Leopard 10.6.2. If I had to guess, I’d say that’s because, “Edit…” seems to live exclusively in the contextual menu.

Perhaps there’s something else I should already know, but if there’s any way to implement a keyboard shortcut for “Edit…”, I too would love to hear of it.

Thanks for any help :smiley:

Where are you seeing an ‘Edit…’ contextual menu?

As a side note, many people can’t get ‘…’ menus to work because they enter ‘<command.’ followed by three periods, when the actual command is ‘’ followed by an ellipsis, which is typed as Option-; (semicolon).

Control-click on a Smart Group has “Edit…” in the third subsection of the contextual menu. I think that counts as fairly expected behaviour, no? :slight_smile:

Is there some other way to initiate editing a Smart Group as well?

I forgot about Edit… for Smart Groups. If you have the Actions button in the Toolbar, you can assign a keystroke to the menu ‘Edit + option-;’ and it will work.

Oh, many thanks! That does indeed work. :smiley:

I didn’t in fact have the Actions button active (I’m so used to using the contextual menus, it seemed superfluous), but once Actions is activated, the System does recognize “Edit…” as a menu command, for which keystrokes can happily be assigned via System Preferences (even if they can’t in the case of the contextual menu alone :frowning: )

Hi, I can’t seem to assign a key combination as a shortcut to edit a selected Smart Group. Am I right that is what you wrote about? If so, could you describe a bit more thoroughly what you did to create that mechanism? Thanks very much, Keith

Open System Preferences; click on Keyboard; click on “+”; select DEVONthink from the pull-down menu; type “Edit…” in the Menu Title field (being careful to type Option-semicolon for the ellipsis); make whatever assignment you want in the Keyboard Shortcut field; click Add; close System Preferences.

Such assignments in System Preferences now seem to update right away, though if you’re having trouble there can be no harm in either or both of relaunching DT or restarting your computer.

The new Keyboard Shortcut should now be visible in the pull-down menu of the Actions button, provided you have a Smart Group selected (the menu item doesn’t appear otherwise). And, as I learned in the earlier stages of this thread, you have to have the Actions button actually there in the toolbar! (the shortcut still doesn’t appear in the contextual menu).

There is, however, one operational glitch. For reasons unknown to and unguessed by me, the shortcut doesn’t work until you’ve used the menu item once manually. Furthermore, I’ve found it needs to be re-primed, as it were, after any restart. Still, once primed, the shortcut should after that be available in the expected way as often as you want it.

Hope that helps! :smiley:

That helps a ton! - you covered everything I was missing!! Thanks very much.

On a related note, do you know why searching on tags isn’t more completely integrated into the regular search tools? I would really like to be able to thoroughly explore the use of tags as a primary mechanism, but it needs to first be more visible. Then, I’d like to be able to define a boolean query - like ‘tag a + tag b + not tag c’. Is there a way of doing that already that I’m not picking up on?

Thanks again for your help with the shortcut issue - that will be very handy. :slight_smile:

I’m still coming to grips with the tagging functionality myself, so I’m afraid I’ve nothing at my fingertips to help, at least not yet. Sorry. :frowning: