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This article is about the GUI of BaseX. It gives you an overview of the most important hotkeys available in the visual frontend.



Code Completions

The GUI editor provides various code completions, which simplify the authoring of complex XQuery applications. Opening elements, comments, quotes or brackets will automatically be closed, and new lines will automatically be indented.

If some characters have been entered, and if the shortcut for code completions is pressed (Ctrl Space), a popup menu will appear and provides some code templates. If only one completion is possible, it will automatically be inserted.

Editor Shortcuts

The text editor can be used to create, edit, save and execute XQuery expressions, XML documents and any other textual files.

Custom Editing

Description Win/Linux Mac
Performs Code Completions Ctrl Space Ctrl Space
Sort lines Ctrl U ⌘ U
Format code (experimental) Ctrl Shift F ⌘ Shift F
(Un)comment selection/line Ctrl K ⌘ K
Delete line(s) Ctrl Shift D ⌘ Shift D
Version 9.1: Duplicate line(s) Ctrl D ⌘ D
Lower case Ctrl Shift L ⌘ Shift L
Upper case Ctrl Shift U ⌘ Shift U
Title case Ctrl Shift T ⌘ Shift T


Description Win/Linux Mac
Find files (or currently highlighted text) Ctrl H ⌘ Shift H
Jump to next error in project Ctrl . (period) ⌘ . (period)
Jump to currently edited file Ctrl J ⌘ J
Go to line Ctrl L ⌘ L
Find and replace text Ctrl F ⌘ F
Find next instance of text F3
Ctrl G
⌘ F3
⌘ G
Find previous instance of text Shift F3
Ctrl Shift G
⌘ Shift F3
⌘ Shift G

Standard Editing

Description Win/Linux Mac
Undo recent changes Ctrl Z ⌘ Z
Redo recent changes Ctrl Y ⌘ Shift Z
Cut selection Ctrl X
Ctrl Delete
⌘ X
Copy selection to clipboard Ctrl C
Ctrl Insert
⌘ C
Paste from clipboard Ctrl V
Shift Insert
⌘ V
Select All Ctrl A ⌘ A
Delete character left of cursor Backspace Backspace
Delete character right of cursor Delete Delete (fn Backspace)
Delete word left of cursor Ctrl Backspace Alt Backspace
Delete word right of cursor Ctrl Delete Alt Delete
Delete text left of cursor Ctrl Shift Backspace ⌘ Backspace
Delete text right of cursor Ctrl Shift Delete ⌘ Delete


Description Win/Linux Mac
Move one character to the left/right ←/→ ←/→
Move one word to the left/right Ctrl ←/→ Alt ←/→
Move to beginning/end of line Home/End ⌘ ←/→
Move one line up/down ↑/↓ ↑/↓
Move one screen-full up/down Page ↑/↓ Page ↑/↓ (fn ↑/↓)
Move to top/bottom Ctrl Home/End ↖/↘ (⌘ ↑/↓)
Scroll one line up/down Ctrl ↑/↓ Alt ↑/↓


Global Shortcuts

The following shortcuts are available from most GUI components:

Description Win/Linux Mac
Focus input bar F6 ⌘ F6
Focus editor F12 ⌘ F12
Jump to next/previous panel Ctrl (Shift) Tab Ctrl (Shift) Tab
Increase/Decrease font size Ctrl +/- ⌘ +/-
Reset font size Ctrl 0 ⌘ 0
Description Win/Linux Mac
Browse back/forward Alt ←/→
⌘ ←/→
Browse one level up Alt ↑ ⌘ ↑
Browse to the root node Alt Home ⌘ Home

Menu Shortcuts

The following commands and options are also linked from the main menu:


Description Win/Linux Mac
Create new database Ctrl N ⌘ N
Open/manage existing databases Ctrl M ⌘ M
View/edit database properties Ctrl D ⌘ D
Close opened database Ctrl Shift W ⌘ Shift W
Exit application Ctrl Q ⌘ Q


Description Win/Linux Mac
Create new tab Ctrl T ⌘ T
Open existing file Ctrl O ⌘ O
Save file Ctrl S ⌘ S
Save copy of file Ctrl Shift S ⌘ Shift S
Close tab Ctrl W, Ctrl F4 ⌘ W, ⌘ F4


Description Win/Linux Mac
Toggle query/text editor Ctrl E ⌘ E
Toggle project structure Ctrl P ⌘ P
Toggle result view Ctrl R ⌘ R
Toggle query info view Ctrl I ⌘ I


Description Win/Linux Mac
Open preference dialog Ctrl Shift P ⌘ , (comma)


Description Win/Linux Mac
Toggle map view Ctrl 1 ⌘ 1
Toggle tree view Ctrl 2 ⌘ 2
Toggle folder view Ctrl 3 ⌘ 3
Toggle plot view Ctrl 4 ⌘ 4
Toggle table view Ctrl 5 ⌘ 5
Toggle explorer view Ctrl 6 ⌘ 6


Description Win/Linux Mac
Show Help F1 F1

Additionally, the names of HTML entities will be converted to their Unicode representation (as an example, Auml will be translated to ä).


Version 8.4
  • Added: Duplicate line (Ctrl D)
Version 8.4
  • Added: Lower case (Ctrl Shift L), Upper case (Ctrl Shift U), Title case (Ctrl Shift T)
Version 8.0
  • Added: New code completions, popup menu
Version 7.8.2
  • Added: Sort lines (Ctrl U)
Version 7.8
Version 7.5
  • Added: go to line (Ctrl F)
Version 7.3
  • Added: delete line(s) (Ctrl Shift D), jump to highlighted error (Ctrl .)
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