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    Default Inches and Feet mark keyboard shortcut

    How hard would it be to have a keyboard shortcut, for example Ctrl Alt " or Ctrl Alt ' to add the inches or feet marks?
    (see this post http://www.talkgraphics.com/showthre...quot-off-XPGD7)

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    Default Re: Inches and Feet mark keyboard shortcut

    Gary
    When you have a numeric keypad:
    For inches (") press and hold the Alt type, type 034, release the Alt key.
    For feet (') press and hold the Alt type, type 039, release the Alt key.

    If you open Character Map in Windows and select a character you get Character Code 0x22 for ", which is hexadecimal for 34 and 0x27 is 39.
    Google "ASCII characters using a numeric keypad".

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    Default Re: Inches and Feet mark keyboard shortcut

    Alt 034 on the numeric keyboard, font Arial. Alt 034 again products a closed quote.
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    Default Re: Inches and Feet mark keyboard shortcut

    Apologies for not checking directly in XWD!
    The fallback therefore has to be using Notepad or Character Map to enter the quotes there and then copy & paste.

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    Default Re: Inches and Feet mark keyboard shortcut

    Hi Guys maybe I'm missing something here (being Canadian feet and inches is something I seldom need to use) but can't you just use the quotation mark/apostrophe key?
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    Default Re: Inches and Feet mark keyboard shortcut

    but can't you just use the quotation mark/apostrophe key?
    No. It is as incorrect as using a feet mark instead of an apostrophe.

    Because more people use quote marks and apostrophe's than foot and inches marks, most programs automatically use curly quotes and apostrophes. But it is often necessary, giving the size of a painting, or other artwork, to provide the measurements in feet and inches, and 8' 9" is not correct if you use curly quotes and apostrophes (though it seems to be correct here).

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    Default Re: Inches and Feet mark keyboard shortcut

    it's maybe only necessary where metric measurement is still not in common useage - ie the USA and....... hummm...thinks...

    anyway more seriously, what Gary says is true, you can get away with using non-smart for quote and apostrophe a lot of the time, but using smart quotes for feet and inches is far more liable to end up being confusing...
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    Default Re: Inches and Feet mark keyboard shortcut

    Ok thanks both of you. Here in Canada we use metric measurements and I very seldom need to describe anything in feet or inches, so I never knew that the feet and inches marks were any different than a quotation mark or an apostrophe. You learn something new everyday.
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    Default Re: Inches and Feet mark keyboard shortcut

    ah I might be old enough to remember UK metrication, or then again I might be good at history....
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