# [SOLVED] Shortcut to open note in new window?

edited April 2021

Is there a shortcut to open a note in a new window?

Right now in order to browse notes so I can decide wether or not to link them to a target note I use command+T to open the target note in a new tab, then drag that tab so that it becomes its own window. This was I can have one window to browse through the note archive, while the other window displays the target note I'm trying to add links to.

Is there a better way to do this?

Post edited by ctietze on

• Check out this prior discussion. I use a Keyboard Maestro macro for this, but Alfred might also work, or maybe some of the Windowing Mangers @ctietze talks about in this discussion.

Will Simpson
“Read Poetry, Listen to Good Music, and Get Exercise”
kestrelcreek.com

• @Will said:

• I know I'm being blind here, but I am not seeing how to open two windows in the discussion @Will linked to. I am on 1.5.9

• @Jeremy said:
I know I'm being blind here, but I am not seeing how to open two windows in the discussion @Will linked to. I am on 1.5.9

You can apparently use the app Keyboard Maestro to do it (an app I haven't yet purchased)

https://forum.zettelkasten.de/discussion/comment/3143/#Comment_3143

I've also found that you can use Command + T to open window in a new tab, then I've set a custom keyboard shortcut through System Preference / Keyboard / Shortcuts so that the menu item Open Tab in New Window is assigned Command + Shift + T.

That was if I want a second window I can quickly press Command +T then Command + Shift + T (typing it out makes it look more annoying then it is).

Alternatively right clicking and opening in an external editor (for me TextEdit) isn't too bad when all I'm doing is adding links.

• @Jon said:

I've also found that you can use Command + T to open a window in a new tab, then I've set a custom keyboard shortcut through System Preference / Keyboard / Shortcuts so that the menu item Open Tab in New Window is assigned Command + Shift + T.

That was if I want a second window I can quickly press Command +T then Command + Shift + T (typing it out makes it look more annoying than it is).

I followed what you described above and found, as you said, that it is quite workable. I also noted that once you have defined the keystroke combination under System Preferences, the Command+Shift+T shortcut shows up in The Archive drop-down menu (under "Window", after "Move Tab to New Window"), so you have a means of reminding yourself of that shortcut.

Now wouldn't it be nice if Command+Shift+T just took you directly to a new window!

• @GeoEng51 said:
Now wouldn't it be nice if Command+Shift+T just took you directly to a new window!

That would be great!

At the risk of getting off topic, I've also added the shortcuts

Command + .   to both "Hide Saved Searches" and "Show Saved Searches"


and

Command + /   to both "Hide Note List" and "Show Note List"


It's quite satisfying to hide and show them both independently, easily and rapidly.

• Thanks for the guidance. Because I do not have Keyboard Maestro (yet!) and I do have Better Touch Tool, I created a shortcut specific to The Archive that works. The shortcut mimics the steps @Jon outlined, triggered by hyperkey-T

Here's a screenshot:

Very simple, but it works.

• With Better Touch Tool or Keyboard Maestro or plain AppleScript, you can execute an AppleScript action that executes the "Move Tab to New Window" menu item for you. That should be less fragile than mouse clicks at absolute screen positions.

The script:

tell application "The Archive" to activate
tell application "System Events"
end tell


If you test this in Script Editor.app, you might need to grant "assistive access" when you get an error that the editor doesn't have that; do it in system prefs here:

In BTT, that looks like this:

Author at Zettelkasten.de • https://christiantietze.de/

• Oh that's excellent and, as you say, much more robust. Didn't even occur to me to look at The Archive's Applescript dictionary.

Thank you.

• @Jeremy, have you found a place " to look at The Archive's Applescript dictionary?"

I don't find The Archive listed in the Script Editor -> File -> Open Dictionary...

Will Simpson
“Read Poetry, Listen to Good Music, and Get Exercise”
kestrelcreek.com

• I resorted to stuff that works in all applications (the event handler to navigate the global menu bar here is System Events and not The Archive itself, I think) because The Archive doesn't yet publish an AppleScript dictionary. These changes are still in the loop for updates pertaining scriptability in the upcoming months.

Author at Zettelkasten.de • https://christiantietze.de/

• @ctietze, thanks for the clarification. We look forward to The Archive's scriptability but know there are other priorities.

Will Simpson
“Read Poetry, Listen to Good Music, and Get Exercise”
kestrelcreek.com

• @Will said:
@Jeremy, have you found a place " to look at The Archive's Applescript dictionary?"

No, because I had not looked, not because I did not realise that there wasn't one.

• With v1.6.2 (on the 'cutting edge' channel since today), Command-Clicking and Command-Shift-Clicking a link will open it in a new tab and window, resp.

Author at Zettelkasten.de • https://christiantietze.de/

• @ctietze
Thanks, Christian!!