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How to modify menus from init.m?

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  • Subject: [mg114399] How to modify menus from init.m?
  • From: kj <no.email at please.post>
  • Date: Fri, 3 Dec 2010 05:20:52 -0500 (EST)

I want to add new keyboard shortcuts, as well as new menu items,
to the Mathematica menus.

I have found some recipes online for doing this that involve editing
files like KeyEventTranslations.tr or MenuSetup.tr, but I would
*much* prefer to do this kind of customization from my init.m.
(The idea is to keep all my customizations in one place.)

Is it possible to do this?

I found a few tantalizing clues in the documentation, but nothing
I could actually use.  For example, there's the function
FrontEndEventActions, but I can't get it to recognize events like
pressing Ctrl+E.  E.g., if I evaluate

FrontEndEventActions[{"KeyDown", "Ctrl+E"} :> Print["OK"]] 

...and then press Ctrl+E, nothing happens.  I tried every variant I
could think of for specifying Ctrl+E, but none worked.  (BTW, I
realize that there's already a keyboard shortcut for EvaluateNotebook,
at least on Windows, namely Alt+v followed (*quickly!!!*) by Alt+o,
but in my laptop the Alt key is very inconveniently placed, and,
in any case Ctrl+E, being shorter, is more of a shortcut than Alt+v
+ Alt+o.)

Similarly, I would like to add new custom-written commands to the
standard menus.  For example, I want to add the command "Keyboard
Shortcuts", which brings up the page "tutorial/KeyboardShortcutListing".

How can I do any of this from within init.m?

TIA!

~kj


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