4Pane uses the standard key-bindings for things like Copy and Paste, and provides default bindings for most others.
However all shortcuts can be changed to those of your choice, either from the Shortcuts page of the Configuration dialog
(Options > Configure 4Pane) or by pressing Ctrl-S.
You will see a list of all the possible commands. Double-click on the one to be changed (or
select it and press Enter), and a dialog will appear which will let you:
- Change the Key-Binding by pressing the desired keys.
So to change Copy from the default Ctrl-C to Ctrl-Comma, press both the
Ctrl key and the ',' key. In theory it's possible to choose almost any key
combination, however foolish. Each key can be used alone (e.g. F1 for
Help) or in combination with any or all of the Ctrl, Shift and Alt
keys. However some combinations won't work as they will have been
pre-empted by your window-manager (e.g. Ctrl-Alt-Delete).
If you change your mind in the future, you can cancel a
user-defined key-binding by:
- Entering a different key combination.
- Clicking the Default button to return to the default (if there was one).
- Clicking the Clear button to remove any binding for this command.
- Change the Label. If the command in question can be
accessed from a menu, you might wish to change the label that appears
there. If so, your first step should be to lie down until the feeling
goes away. If it doesn't, you can replace the label with
one of your choice by clicking the Change Label button
and following the instructions.
- Change the Help String. Again this applies only to commands that have menu entries. As you
won't have noticed, some of these entries, when highlit by the cursor
hovering over them, produce a helpfully descriptive message on the left
of the status bar. If you wish to amend or remove such a message or add
your own, click the Change Help String button
and follow the instructions.
There is also a tick-box at the top of the dialog, that controls whether mnemonics are displayed in the shortcut labels e.g. C&ut instead of Cut. (Even if it's hidden in the main list, you can still see and change the mnemonic if you edit the label.)
If you're using gtk2 (and you probably are), the Configure Shortcuts page of the Configuration dialog has an extra tick-box at the bottom.
This turns on and off gtk2's hijack of the F10 key, which it uses to open the File menu. I prefer to use F10 as the Create a new file or directory shortcut,
but if you want it to open a menu, this is where you can tell it to. You'll have to restart 4Pane for it to take effect, and you'll need a different "Create File" shortcut.