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Matt's Tips: PSoC Creator Shortcut Key Bindings


One of the most common questions I get regarding PSoC Creator goes something like the following:

Why doesn't [Ctrl+key] do [some function] like it does in [some other environment]?


Creator, like many programs, will allow you to set up your own keyboard shortcuts.  In spite of this, I get that comment often enough that I must conclude we haven't made this ability apparent in our documentation (the cohesiveness and integration of our documentation will be the subject of another blog post).  The PSoC Creator team is taking steps to make the key customization process more visible.  Until then, my good buddy in the global applications group, Naman Jain, has written a Knowledge Base (KB) article on the subject.  You can read the full KB article here:

For convenience, I will include the first screen shot in the article because I think that will be enough for many of you reading this.  Essentially, keyboard shortcut customization in Creator works the same as in many other Windows applications. The only thing you might find tricky is finding the right place to rightclick.  In this case, just rightclick in the gray banner area at the top where the menus are.  See the top arrow shown in the screen shot below.


PSoC Creator 3.0 Screen


Also, my PSoC Creator compatriot, Robyn Weil, posted a PDF with a partial list of shortcuts.  See here

So how many of you have used this capability?  How many of you didn t even know it was there? Hit me up in the comments.



Matt Landrum

PSoC Software Customer Advocate

Cypress Semiconductor- Portland, OR

You can always email your general feedback regarding PSoC Creator to psoc_creator_feedback at  Technical questions should go to the technical support line



Bob Marlowe's picture

As we all (or rather most of us) are two-handed it can turn aut to be an easement to have shortcuts for functionalities - as long as you do not have to drop the mouse and use the mouse-hand for the keyboard and then regaining the mouse and the correct cursor position.

So the usefulness of shortcuts depends on what kind of program you are actually using:
In a text-oriented program like writing emails I will prefer selecting passages with the keys and useing shortcuts like ctrl-c and ctrl-v.

In a graphic oriented program as the PSoC Creator Schematic editor I prefer not to let go the mouse, but just the copy process I can do with my left hand from where I can select ctrl-c,x and v (often practised)

There is a third case coming to my mind which I now frequently use: functions that are not reachable with the mouse or with any command within the menu. After a search in my C-code going back to the place from where I came (I just wanted to look at the members of a struct...) "CTRL" and "-" helps me out. Frequently used, but really not easy to integrate into a menu-structure, so shortcuts really will be the best solution. When I started the search I had to let go the mouse, typing ctrl-f, my search-text and after looking up the wanted target getting back instantly like a teleport to the place where I come from.... GREAT!


MattLandrum's picture

Thanks for writing, Bob. - (Jump Back in the Editor) is one that I see folks don't know about most often. We have to do a better job of making this obvious/easy-to-find.

natersoz_1445561's picture

Sorry but the key 'XX' is protected and cannot be assigned or removed.

Come on ...

thanasis.lazos_1485831's picture

I redefined Bkspce by mistake and now I can't use backspace in the editor. If I try to remove the redefinition of Bkspace then the "Sorry but the key  ...." message appears. I have been locked outside of my house.


Bojan Potocnik's picture

I cannot delete shortcuts, it says "Sorry but the key '...' is protected and cannot be assigned or removed". However, I have set this shortcut (to the incorrect key binding).

PSoC 4.0

MattLandrum's picture

Hey folks,

Apparently, I don't get notified when there is a comment on one of my blog posts.  This is supposed to be fixed in our next (web communities) release, but until then, I recommend filing a technical support ticket at Sorry for the inconvenience.  Let me ask around about this "protected" message.


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Short cut keys can be very helpful for us as it reduces the time and the manual work. I appreciate the people who developed these shortcut keys as it helps us to open the application within a fraction of seconds.

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Recently I have come across this site and came to know about this Creator Shortcut key bindings. One of the most advantages with this creator is that it allows you to set up your own keyboard shortcut. Good to see the screen shot you are provided here. It helps to get a clear idea about the concept.lodging catalina island

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The PSoC creator short key bindings will allow you to set up your own keyboard shortcuts. Thank you so much for providing the screen shot that helps us to understand the concept easily. It is good that you have posted the pdf that includes the partial list of medical equipment sales

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