I've started programming after an 8 year break. I'm using Notepad++ and I like it, but taking my hand away from the main keyboard to the cursor keys to get around the file is really slowing me down.

What methods of file / sentence / character navigation are there that use keyboard shortcuts instead of cursor keys? I know there's a shortcut editor in Notepad++ - how do I assign a shortcut for the cursor keys to, say, Ctrl + J for right and Ctrl + F for left?

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    Didn't they invent Emacs or Vim for this purpose?
    – Ivo Flipse
    Nov 29, 2011 at 12:17

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Go to

Settings -> Shortcut mapper -> Scintilla commands -> 33 SCI_CHARLEFT

and do the following:

  1. Click Modify.
  2. Check CTRL.
  3. Select ,.
  4. Click Add -> OK -> Close.

Now you can press the left arrow key or CTRL + ,.

You could also define CTRL + F for this, but that is the default shortcut for the search.

If you want to, you will have to disable the other shortcut in

Settings -> Shortcut mapper -> Main menu -> 46 Find...
  • Thanks, that's what I've done and very happy. I tried VI to get its keyboard shortcuts so I'll apply those so that I'll be able to look into VI in the future. Many thanks! Dec 1, 2011 at 15:18

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