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Textmate has automatic quotation closure (clojure) and that's great most of the time. But a lot of times I just need to type a single ' or " and as far as I know there is no way to do this - which is really annoying.

If I type " I get "%" where % represents the cursor.

If I type ' I get '%'.

Next, I instictively press "delete" to remove the one to the left side of the cursor. Which has an unintended behavior of deleting both quotation marks.

So next I have to type " again, followed by right arrow, and then delete. I like most things about TextMate but this is really freakin' annoying that I end up pressing 5 KEYS to be able to get a single character.

There has to be a better way to do this! I've tried pressing cmd,option,fn,and shift when typing the character with no luck. HELP!!

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Type ", and then hit Shift+Delete

This should forward-delete the second quote, instead of trying to backspace over the first quote.

From the manual:

If you type an opening character and then delete it using backward delete (⌫) then the auto-inserted character will also be deleted. If you only want to delete the auto-inserted character, use forward delete instead (⌦).

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You mean Shift-Backspace? (works for me) –  slhck Jul 14 '11 at 15:48
    
@slhck He's on OS X (Textmate is an OS X application), and based upon the assumption that he's using a Mac, the key labelled "Delete" is the backspace key on windows keyboards, and Shift+Delete performs the same function as the "Delete" key on windows keyboards. See this image of Mac keyboard. –  Darth Android Jul 14 '11 at 15:50
    
Uhm. I've always been on Macs (that's why I said, "works for me", because I have a Mac and TextMate on it...). Haven't seen a keyboard labeled with "delete" yet though. Seems to be a U.S. thing. –  slhck Jul 14 '11 at 16:00
    
@slhck Ah, never considered if it was a regional thing. The Apple keyboards in the US have their backwards-delete key labelled "Delete" instead of "backspace". Confusing as hell since the forward-delete key is still labelled "Delete ⌦" –  Darth Android Jul 14 '11 at 16:03
    
Yep, German keyboard has no backward delete symbol (⌫), but a backspace. The forward delete symbol (⌦) is however labeled "Entf.", which translates to "delete". Sorry for the confusion. –  slhck Jul 14 '11 at 16:06
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