Add 10 new Hot Keys to the Identify page

(Replying here because I jumped the gun and asked for my thread to be closed too soon.)

Last night I was able to scroll comments and previous IDs with the up/down arrow keys in the ID modal:

This was exciting and I was happy about it, but today it no longer works (on two different computers, using Chrome). It also doesn’t work in a place where I actually miss the arrow keys a lot more often, the compare tool:

I admit that I didn’t check the compare tool last night.

So would it be possible to reopen the request thread, and/or making the arrow keys work again?

Would you be OK if it was mapped to another key?

If it’s changed I’ll prob just use my mouse/trackpad to fav instead.

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I fav things so rarely it isn’t worth the hotkey. And if you fav that much it all gets buried on the fav page anyway right?

Since it doesn’t appear to have been suggested for any other function, I’ll just go on the record that adding “s” for Save would be very convenient. Only active if/when the actual Save button is active.

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Could be problematic: if typing in any field and focus drifts to elsewhere in the page, any ‘S’ would prematurely save the observation etc. This happens with other shortcuts, notably c and a, and can be detrimental to workflow to have to undo the effects of. Even worse if not realised that it has happened.

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Good point for sure. Would you then suggest eliminating the c and a shortcuts?

No, but I have raised it as a concern earlier in this thread and it has been experienced by others. I wouldn’t want to lose shortcut functionality, and I know a lot of users do rely on them, but I also see strange ID situations where I think the stray ‘a’ in particular has occurred. I’m not sure what the best solution would be for the existing problem, and I’m just pointing out here that we would be adding to that problem if we added an S for save.


Ctrl/Cmd + Enter is the norm for saving:


Thanks, that thread had flown under my radar. Not yet implemented though, right? Probably a better compromise than a single easily mis-typed letter key, as @kiwifergus noted.

Not as far as I can tell in testing it!

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No, but it’s something we’ve discussed. I’d be OK with D, U, Y, N, and maybe V for starters and seeing how that goes. I’m worried that having so many keyboard shortcuts will introduce more errors, so I think adding a few at first would be a good idea. We were thinking the Data Quality Assessment ones would open up that tab if you pressed them, so you’d know if your keystroke got recorded.



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This would be very useful for me when trying to identify things that I don’t know much.

could there be a hot key for adding standardised comments from this page ?

maybe some could involve button combinations to ensure they’re not easy to accidentally press?

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I would appreciate this feature.

Presently I would use a Traditional Project instead (to review later the observation, without being notified if there is a change).

I’m confused by this statement:

The follow function already exists, are you saying you only use a Traditional Project because the follow function doesn’t currently have a hotkey?

No, not only. More precisely, I use a few traditional projects for:

  • Observations I may be able to identify later.
  • Observations showing leaves, or flowers, or fruits, that I use as a knowlege base to remind me of some taxa when identifying.

Where is the “follow function”?

In the upper right of an observation page you can choose to follow a user or a single observation.