Use Benchling's keyboard shortcuts

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In order to execute a hotkey shortcut, simply hold down (CTRL) on a PC or (COMMAND ⌘) on a Mac, followed by pressing one of the letters below.

Manipulate text

  • CTRL/⌘+A: Select all. Select an entire line of text in an entry or an entire DNA/AA sequence.

  • CTRL/⌘+C: Copy. Copy selected text or selected AA or DNA sequences.

  • CTRL/⌘+V: Paste. Paste selected text or selected AA or DNA sequences.

  • CTRL/⌘+X: Cut. Cut selected text or AA/DNA sequences. Use this to move files around in the Notebook.

  • CTRL/⌘+Z: Undo. Undo the last action performed in an entry or DNA or AA sequence.

  • * + SPACE KEY. Create a bullet point in your notebook entry

  • Tab. Indent a created bullet, number, or checkbox in your notebook entry

  • Shift Tab. Outdent a created bullet, number, or checkbox in your notebook entry

Search text

  • CTRL/⌘+F: Find. Open the find box.

Format text

  • CTRL/⌘+B: Bold. Bold the highlighted text in an entry.

  • CTRL/⌘+I: Italics. Italicize highlighted text in an entry

  • CTRL/⌘+K: Hyperlink. Insert a hyperlink within selected text in an entry.

  • CTRL/⌘+U: Underline. Underline selected text.

Undo an action

  • CTRL/⌘+SHIFT+Z: Redo the last action. Redo actions performed in any entry or DNA or AA sequence.

Molecular Biology tricks

  • CTRL/⌘+SHIFT+C when selecting DNA bases: Copy Special. Copy reverse complements and translations.

  • CTRL/⌘+F to search for DNA bases, annotations, or primers.

  • CTRL/⌘+SHIFT+F to search for AA bases and annotations.

  • CTRL/⌘+I to invert the selection.

  • CTRL/⌘+G to open the search box in “Go to Base” mode on a sequence map

Mac-specific hotkeys

  • Option+Shift+8/Option+0 = °

  • Option+J = ∆

  • Option+M = µ

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