Keyboard Shortcuts and Function Key Mappings

Many of the most common commands and procedures in Match! can also be invoked by pressing certain buttons on your keyboard. These so-called shortcuts are quite useful to speed up your work with Match!, especially if you know them by heart. Please note that you have to replace “Ctrl” by “Cmd” if you are using a Mac!

There are two types of shortcuts: The first one are shortcuts that run certain commands (described in the first table), and the second type are keyboard shortcuts that are used in conjunction with the mouse within the diffraction pattern graphics to modify things like peak positions or intensities, background control data etc.

Table of Mouse Button and Key Combinations

A variety of operations can be carried out directly in the diffraction pattern graphics using the mouse. In some cases, it is also necessary to keep one or the other button pressed on your keyboard, in order to invoke the appropriate command. Here is an overview what you can do inside the diffraction pattern using your mouse.

Please note:

Here is a list of all keyboard shortcuts in Match! for running certain commands:

Effect/purpose

Cursor position in pattern graphics

Keyboard button(s)

Cursor shape

Mouse action

Shift background control point

Control point (small square) in background curve (must be visible!)

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Press left button and keep it pressed while moving the mouse

Delete background control point

Control point (small square) in background curve (must be visible!)

-

Press right button in order to remove the background control point below the mouse cursor

Add background control point

Background curve (must be visible!)

-

Press left button to add a new background control point below the mouse cursor

Mark single peak

Peak below its top (must be visible!)

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Click left button to mark the peak below the mouse cursor; marks at other peaks will be removed

Mark single peak

Top of a peak (must be visible!)

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Click left button to mark the peak below the mouse cursor; marks at other peaks will be removed

Mark selected peaks

Peak below its top (must be visible!)

Ctrl

Click left button to mark the peak below the mouse cursor, in addition to the peaks that are already marked

Mark selected peaks

Top of a peak (must be visible!)

Ctrl

Click left button to mark the peak below the mouse cursor, in addition to the peaks that are already marked

Mark range of peaks

To the left of the left-most peak in the range

Ctrl

Press the left button, then move the mouse to the right until you have selected the range of peaks you would like to mark

Add peak

Anywhere

Ctrl

Click right button to add a peak at the current cursor position

Shift peak on 2theta axis

Peak below its top (must be visible!)

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Click right button and keep it pressed while moving the mouse to the left or right

Modify peak FWHM

Peak below its top; peak must be marked and visible!

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Mark one (or more) peak(s) by left-clicking on it, then move the mouse over the peak (mouse cursor will change), and turn the mouse wheel in order to modify the FWHM (full width at half maximum) of the marked peak(s)

Modify peak intensity and/or position

Top of a peak (must be visible!)

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Click right button and keep it pressed while moving the mouse in any direction

Select range(s) to be excluded

Anywhere

Alt

Press the left button, then move the mouse to the right until you have selected the range you would like to exclude from FoM calculations

Delete range exclusion mark

Inside a range marked to be excluded (grey background color)

-

Press the right mouse button inside a range marked to be excluded in order to re-use this range (delete the exclusion marking / grey background color)

Zoom (select range)

Anywhere

-

Click left button at the position where you would like to start selecting your zoom range, and keep it pressed while moving your mouse, until you have selected the desired zoom range, then release the button

Zoom using mouse wheel

Anywhere

-

Move the mouse cursor to a point you would like to zoom into, then turn the mouse wheel away from you to zoom right into this position (or vice versa)

Zoom using double-click

Anywhere

-

Any

Double-click the left button at the position you would like to zoom into (only applicable if fully zoomed out; see below)

Zoom out using double-click

Anywhere

-

Any

Double-click the left button (must be zoomed in)

Zoom out using right button / context menu

Anywhere

-

Any

Click the right button to open the context menu, then select “Full pattern” or “Previous zoom”

Tracking (shifting of the zoom range)

Anywhere

Shift

Once you have zoomed into the pattern, press the Shift button on your keyboard (or the mouse wheel), and keep it pressed while moving the mouse around

Display vertical line at mouse cursor position

Anywhere

Ctrl+X

Any

Press <Ctrl+X> to toggle the display of a vertical line at the cursor position, e.g. to compare peak positions

Zero point shifting

Anywhere

Ctrl+Alt

While keeping the Ctrl and Alt button pressed, turn the mouse wheel to shift the positions of exp. peaks and raw data along the 2theta-axis

Speciment displacement correction

Anywhere

Ctrl+Alt+Shift

While keeping the Ctrl, Alt and Shift button pressed, turn the mouse wheel to shift the positions of exp. peaks and raw data along the 2theta-axis according to Δ2θ = -2s(cos θ / R); T = -s/R

Adjust difference plot size/height

2theta / d-axis

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Move the mouse cursor to the 2theta- or d-value axis (x-axis) (mouse cursor will change), press the left mouse button, and move the mouse away from you to open/increase the size of the difference plot (or vice versa)

Adjust intensity scaling factor manually

Top of a peak of an entry marked in the match list

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Move the mouse cursor to the top of a peak of the entry that is currently marked in the match list (mouse cursor will change), then press the left mouse button, and keep it pressed while moving the mouse up or down to adjust the intensity scaling factor (-> quantity) of the corresponding selected phase

Adjust experimental pattern distance

To the right of the diffraction pattern graphics

Ctrl+'+', Ctrl+'-'

Place the mouse cursor to the right of the diffraction pattern, then turn the mouse wheel up or down in order to decrease or increase the vertical distance between the experimental diffraction patterns. Only available if at least two diffraction patterns are present

Table of Key Combinations and Commands

Here is a list of all keyboard shortcuts in Match! for running certain commands:

Keyboard button/combination

Effect

Menu command

Ctrl+A

Automatic raw data processing

Pattern/Automatic/Autom. raw data proc.

Ctrl+Shift+A

Add new entry to the reference database directly, e.g. import from cif-file, use the current peak list or enter manually

Database/Add to reference database

Ctrl+B

Clear the current selection criteria (restraints)

Search/Reset restraints/additional entries

Ctrl+Shift+B

Enables the display of the radiation background and displays instructions how to manually modify the background using the background control points

Pattern/Edit background

Ctrl+C

Copy the current diffraction pattern graphics into the clipboard, e.g. in order to paste it into other programs like Microsoft Word or Excel

Edit/Copy

Ctrl+Shift+C

Correct zero point error (2theta shift)

Pattern/Correct zero-point error

Ctrl+D

View entry data sheet of the entry that is currently marked in the candidates- or match list

View/Data sheet

Ctrl+E

Load an entry into the match list directly by specifying e.g. its name, formula sum or entry number

Search/Add entry to match list directly

Ctrl+F

Find and display the best entry for the selection criteria you have entered

Search/Find phase/entry(s)

Ctrl+G

Find next (to be applied after having used “Find” (Ctrl+F)); find the next best entry in the candidate list for your selection criteria

Search/Find next

Ctrl+Shift+G

Find previous (to be applied after having used “Find” (Ctrl+F)); find the previous entry for your selection criteria

Search/Find previous

Ctrl+I

Import (another) diffraction pattern file

Pattern/Insert/overlay...

Ctrl+J

Display mouse operations and keyboard shortcuts in online help

Help/Keyboard shortcuts and mouse operations

Ctrl+K

Peak searching using conventional method (second derivative)

Pattern/Peak searching/Peak search

Ctrl+L

View tabular summary of all experimental and reference pattern peaks

View/Peak list

Ctrl+M

Run a new search-match calculation

Search/Search-Match

Ctrl+Shift+M

Run a new search-match calculation based on the currently marked peaks only

Search/Search-Match (marked peaks only)

Ctrl+N

Create new (empty) Match! document / session

File/New

Ctrl+O

Open/read Match! document file (session), or import first diffraction pattern file

File/Open

Ctrl+Shift+O

Directly define the matching entries, by loading the corresponding entry numbers from a Match! answer set file (*.mta). This is especially helpful if series of similar samples have to be investigated.

File/Import/Predefined phase selection

Ctrl+P

Open the “Print” dialog where you can select what you would like to print

File/Print...

Ctrl+Q

Close Match!

File/Quit (Mac: Match!/Quit)

Ctrl+R

Display phase analysis report, e.g. for printing

View/Report

Ctrl+Shift+R

Display the “Parameter Turn-On”-dialog in order to prepare and run a new Rietveld calculation

Tools/Rietveld (FullProf)

Ctrl+S

Save current session (Match! document)

File/Save

Ctrl+Shift+S

Save current session (Match! document) to a new file name/path

File/Save as...

Ctrl+T

Shift the experimental pattern on 2theta axis in order to obtain the best peak overlap with the reference pattern currently marked in the candidate list (internal standard)

Entries/Internal standard

Ctrl+Shift+T

Load the reference database entry that is currently marked in the candidate list as a new experimental pattern. This new pattern does not only contain the reference entry's peaks but also a profile curve that is calculated from them, using the current default FWHM value.

Entries/Load as experimental

Ctrl+U

If there is more than a single entry for a certain phase present in the candidate list, remove all but the best matching entry (FoM) for each phase

Entries/Unify phases

Ctrl+W

Finish Match!, i.e. run the finishing actions defined on the “Batch” page of the Tools/Options dialog

Entry/Finish

Ctrl+X

Toggle the displaying of a vertical line at the mouse cursor position inside the diffraction pattern (e.g. for peak position comparison)

View/Pattern/Cursor position

Ctrl+Shift+X

Toggle the displaying of a "spectrum" of X-ray line positions as vertical line at the mouse cursor position inside the diffraction pattern. This can be handy for the investigation of peaks resulting e.g. from alpha2 or beta radiation contributions.

View/Pattern/X-ray spectral lines

Ctrl+Y

Redo last undo operation

Edit/Redo

Ctrl+Z

Undo last operation/command

Edit/Undo

Ctrl+'-'

Decrease vertical distance between experimental patterns in diffraction pane (only available if two or more patterns are present/stacked)

View/Pattern/Reduce pattern distance

Ctrl+'+'

Increase vertical distance between experimental patterns in diffraction pane (only available if two or more patterns are stacked and the vertical distance has been reduced before)

View/Pattern/Increase pattern distance

Ctrl+Alt+A

Open dialog in which the individual automatic raw data processing steps can be configured

Pattern/Automatic/Configure...

Ctrl+Alt+G

Open dialog in which the options for the diffraction pattern graphics can be adjusted

Tools/Diffraction pattern options...

F1

Open help window

Help/Index

F2

Increase peak search sensitivity

Pattern/Peak searching/Increase sensitivity

F3

Decrease peak search sensitivity

Pattern/Peak searching/Reduce sensitivity

F4

Optimize peak searching sensitivity, in order to obtain the best overlap between experimental and calculated pattern

Pattern/Peak searching/Optimize sensitivity

F5

Perform profile fitting

Pattern/Profile fitting/Profile fit

F6

Enable/disable fitting of 2theta values

Pattern/Profile fitting/Fit 2theta

F7

Enable/disable fitting of intensity values

Pattern/Profile fitting/Fit intensities

F8

Enable/disable fitting of FWHM values

Pattern/Profile fitting/Fit FWHM

Del

Delete the currently marked item(s), e.g. peaks or candidate list entries

Edit/Delete

Shift+Del

Delete all peaks in the current experimental pattern

Peaks/Delete all peaks

Cursor up/down

Move the line mark in the candidate- or match list up/down (if it has the input focus)

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Space

Select current entry in candidate list (if it has the input focus) as “matching” (i.e. move it to the match list)

Entry/Select as matching

Shift

If you have zoomed into the pattern previously, you can now move the visible diffraction pattern section around (tracking) simply by moving the mouse

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