Create your own SciTE Hotkeys by hacking your file

SciTE hotkeyHotkeys are a great way to be more efficient!  AutoHotkey makes it easy to create a hotkey for nearly anything however you can easily create your own custom SciTE Hotkeys by making a tweak to your file.

Below is the text I have in my file which builds in hotkeys without needing AutoHotkey.  You can find additional commands by going here.  Just don’t forget you are not limited to these.  In the video I show how you can create your own!

This video walks through the process of creating your own SciTE Hotkeys

Creatie custom SciTE hotkeys to be more efficient

Customize your SciTE context menu: Make your favorite commands 1 click away

SciTE context menuOne of my favorite things about SciTE is that it is highly customizable!   If you have favorite commands you frequently use it is really easy to add them to Customize your SciTE context menu.

By tweaking your file you can easily make your favorite commands one click away!

Here is text from my User.Properties file.  Make sure you check out this url for additional commands/examples.

Customize your SciTE context menu

Customize SciTE Context Menu- Add your favorite shortcuts

Configuring SciTE language Property files- IntelliSense for most languages

Configuring SciTE language Property filesConfiguring SciTE language Property files

One of the main reasons I love SciTE is because of the ability to use the ~70 language property files which show Intellisense.  I’ve put around 70 of them in this zip file and I’ve listed out the names of them at the bottom of this post.

Configure SciTE language Property files is easy.  In your User.Properties file just add something like this

import Properties\html
import Properties\sql
import Properties\python

The Properties folder needs to be either in the same directory as where SciTE is installed, or needs to be located in the folder where you have configured your SciTE Home variable to point to.

After importing the properties you want, I also recommend importing them to your language menu as well.  This way you can select what language you want to apply to the open file (this can come in pretty handy at times).  To do this you’ll still need to be in your User.Properties file.  Add something like below.  (The & is what will make that letter become an accelerator key)


And here are some notes to help understand what can be done when Configuring SciTE language Property files:

# Define the Lexer menu, Each item contains three parts: menu string | file extension | keyboard equivelant
# The only keys allowed currently are based on F-keys and alphabetic keys and look like # [Ctrl+][Shift+][Fn|a] such as F12 or Ctrl+Shift+D.
# A ‘&’ may be placed before a letter to be used as an accelerator. Each element is terminated by ‘|’. For example: H&ypertext|html|F12|

Here are the language property files provided in my zip file.


Create a SciTE Home variable for consistent settings on multiple computers

SciTE Home variable

SciTE Home variable

SciTE is an awesome editor which I use on multiple computers.  Instead of trying to keep track of my User.Properties files on each computer I’ve created a SciTE Home variable under my System settings.

This tells SciTE to use it for my default locations.  If you set it up on each computer you use you won’t have to worry about having different configuration settings.  While I predominately use it for AutoHotkey, I also show how you can setup importing other property files and configure the settings under languages.  Just remember you’ll need a folder that is accessible across each computer (I use DropBox to keep mine synced)

Here’s  a video walking through the process of creating a SciTE Home variable.

Creating a SciTE Home variable for consistent default settings on multiple computers