Keyboard movement when renaming file

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31 Mar, 2019 08:06 PM


So used to jump between words separated by a space or a point with alt + right or left arrow when renaming a file in the finder, I'm having hard times with pathfinder treating the point-separated words as a whole, even the file extension.
To jump at the end of the name I often have to press enter to validate change then press enter again to go quickly at the end of the file's name, much quicker than pressing left or right arrow for each character.
Why such a behavior? Is there a way or at least a hope it could behave like the finder?

Thanks, Nick

  1. 1 Posted by a14th on 01 Apr, 2019 02:10 PM

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    Might this be a Mac GUI thing? Does PF supply its own rules for cursor/keyboard management?

    In a string with underscores dashes and dots (e.g. _ - .) my Alt-Left/Alt-Right skips underscores and stops at dashes and dots. Other special characters (punctuation) also stops Alt-Left/Right.

    To get to the far left or right ends, I use Command-Left/Right.

    Also, I don't find the behavior any different in Finder.

    I'm still on 7.4.1. Is this on PF2 V8?

  2. 2 Posted by Nick on 02 Apr, 2019 09:39 AM

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    Indeed I'm experiencing this behavior using 8.3.9 with Mojave.
    Wonder if that difference between v7 and v8 was done on purpose or not.

    Hope there is a way for v8 to behave as v7 in that regard, just like the finder does.
    Or a way to change this behavior in the settings without affecting other people who might appreciate it.

  3. 3 Posted by Nick on 05 Apr, 2019 03:28 PM

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    Anyone from cocoatech could help, maybe?


  4. Path Finder Support Team closed this discussion on 05 Apr, 2019 06:27 PM.

  5. Path Finder Support Team re-opened this discussion on 05 Apr, 2019 06:28 PM

  6. Support Staff 4 Posted by Path Finder Sup... on 05 Apr, 2019 06:28 PM

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    Hi Nick,

    There are no options in Path Finder that allow modifying word-by-word navigation. 
    I'll check if it's something that can be improved.

    I will forward these messages to our developers as a feature request for consideration.

    Make sure to let us know should any further questions/ideas arise. 

    Best regards,
    Path Finder Support Team

  7. Path Finder Support Team closed this discussion on 05 Apr, 2019 06:28 PM.

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