Hot Keys

Ctl-A Select All
Ctl-B Regenerate Bitmaps
Ctl-C Copy
Ctl-D Show/Hide Points
Ctl-E Find Problems
Ctl-F Fit in Window
Ctl-G Copy Reference
Ctl-H Open Outline
Ctl-I Get Info
Ctl-J Open Bitmap
Ctl-K Open Metrics
Ctl-L Set LBearing
Ctl-M Merge Point
Ctl-N New
Ctl-O Open
Ctl-P Print
Ctl-Q Quit
Ctl-R Set RBearing
Ctl-S Save
Ctl-T AutoInstr
Ctl-U Unlink Reference
Ctl-V Paste
Ctl-W Copy Width
Ctl-X Cut
Ctl-Y Redo
Ctl-Z Undo
Ctl-\ Transform
Ctl-1 Make First
Ctl-2 24 pixel outline
Curve Point
Ctl-3 36 pixel outline
Corner Point
Ctl-4 48 pixel outline
Tangent Point
Ctl-5 Anti-Alias
Ctl-6 Fit To Em
Ctl-7 72 pixel outline
Ctl-9 96 pixel outline
Ctl-0 Add Anchor Point...
Ctl-] Next Glyph
Ctl-[ Prev Glyph
Ctl-. Execute Script
Select First Point
Ctl-, Select Point At
Ctl-= Grid Fit Anti Alias
Bigger Point Size
Ctl-- Smaller Pixel Size
Smaller Point Size
Ctl-Shft-A Build Accented Glyph
Ctl-Shft-B Bitmaps Available
Ctl-Shft-C Copy Fg to Bg
Ctl-Shft-D Correct Direction
Ctl-Shft-E Expand Stroke
Ctl-Shft-F Font Info
Ctl-Shft-G Generate Fonts
Ctl-Shft-H AutoHint
Ctl-Shft-I Import
Ctl-Shft-J Join
Ctl-Shft-L Set Width
Ctl-Shft-M Simplify
Ctl-Shft-O Remove Overlap
Ctl-Shft-Q Close
Ctl-Shft-R Revert File
Ctl-Shft-S Save As
Ctl-Shft-T AutoTrace
Ctl-Shft-V Paste Into
Ctl-Shft-W Auto Width
Ctl-Shft-X Add Extrema
Ctl-Shft-_ Round to Int
Ctl-Shft-@ Average Points
Ctl-Shft-# Space Points
Ctl-Shft-% 32x8 cell window
Ctl-Shft-^ 16x4 cell window
Ctl-Shft-* 8x2 cell window
Ctl-Shft-} Next Point
Ctl-Shft-{ Prev Point
Ctl-Shft-> Goto
Ctl-Shft-< Find In Font View
Ctl-Shft-- Bigger Pixel Size
Alt-Ctl-A Select All Points
Alt-Ctl-C Copy Lookup Data
Alt-Ctl-F Find / Replace
Alt-Ctl-G Generate Mac Family
Alt-Ctl-H Review Hints
Alt-Ctl-I Show Dependencies...
Alt-Ctl-M Elide Point
Alt-Ctl-P Display
Ctl-Alt-R Revert Glyph
Alt-Ctl-1 Invokes user script
Alt-Ctl-2 Invokes user script
Alt-Ctl-3 Invokes user script
Alt-Ctl-. First Point, Next Contour
Alt-Ctl-, Points on Selected Contours
Alt-Ctl-- Zoom Out
Alt-Ctl-Shft-M Simplify More
Alt-Ctl-Shft-K Merge Feature Info
Alt-Ctl-Shft-I Glyph Info
Alt-Ctl-Shft-F Replace With Reference
Alt-Ctl-Shift-- Zoom In
Escape Deselect All
Ctl-Escape Invert Selection
Backspace Clear
Delete Clear
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Hot Keys are now configurable by editing a hotkeys file.

Different Keyboards

The above descriptions assume you are using a keyboard for an IBM pc or compatible. But different keyboard vendors label their keys differently and different versions of X may map them differently.

I am aware of the following significant differences:

  • On Mac OS/X the Option key is equivalent to the Alt modifier key
  • On Suse PPC linux, the Command key is equivalent to the Alt modifier key (And the Option key acts as a compose key in the same way it does on the Mac when not using X)
  • On Suns the meta (diamond) key is equivalent to the Alt modifier key.

FontForge will attempt to guess what keyboard you are using and produce menus with hot-key indicators that match the host machine. If you are displaying on a different machine from the one you are running on the menu names may be wrong. You can fix this up with the keyboard resource, or the -keyboard command line argument.

Tool modifiers in the Outline Glyph Window

Tool Modifier Result
pointer Shift Constrain horizontal/vert or italic angle/45°
Alt Select control points before normal points
Shift-Alt Constrain control point motion to original angle from point
freehand Shift Constrain horizontal/vert/45°
add curve Shift Constrain horizontal/vert/45° from last point
add tangent Shift Constrain horizontal/vert/45° from last point
knife Shift Constrain horizontal/vert/45°
scale Shift Constrain either to scale along x or y axis or scale both axes the same
rotate Shift Constrain rotation to a multiple of 45°
3d rotate
rect/elipse Shift square/circle
magnify Shift When dragging a magnification area, make it square
Alt minify
scroll Shift Constrain scroll either in single direction or by same amount in both directions
add corner Shift Constrain horizontal/vert/45° from last point
pen Shift Constrain points h/v/45 from last point Constrain control points h/v/45 from point
ruler Shift Constrain measurement to one direction
Alt Give current position more accurately
polygon/star Shift Constrains so that one of the vertices is horizontal/vertical/45°

Modifer keys for arrow keys in the Outline Glyph Window

- or -
Makes the arrow keys scroll
Alt Makes the arrow keys move by ten times as much as they would otherwise