[CTRL] + [W] keyboard shortcut

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In most software applications [CTRL] + [W], closes the current window.
However, in Snagit Editor, it deletes the current snapshot.
It happened to me countless times to accidentally delete the snapshot I was working on, while I simply wanted to close the window.
→ Please change the default behavior of this shortcut
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Lorenzo Alali

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Rick Stone

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Hi there

I've used Windows since roughly version 2. And coming from a call center background, I'm a pretty huge fan of keyboard shortcuts. (call centers eat, drink, breathe, and die on call statistics. Keeping folks on the keyboard and away from the mouse makes your stats better)

This one is new to me. Pressing Ctrl+W to close a window. Alt+F4 is what I would normally consider the keystroke shortcut to close a window. So I'm wondering if this is perhaps a typo? 


Cheers... Rick :)
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lwdgrfx

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I agree! As it is, it is *very* frustrating!
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JL1

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Errrr, two words: Microsoft Office, in which Alt+F4 closes the application entirely.
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Rick,
You will find that in applications that allow multiple documents to be open at the same time, using the CTRL+W shortcut does close the current instance of the application. I use this in apps like Word and Excel and Acrobat frequently.
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I edited the above to include the following but apparently it didn't take when I clicked on submit. Anyway, in reference to SnagIt though, I do use the CTRL+W shortcut all the time to close images and I always use ALT+F4 to completely close the application. (It's still running in the background)
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And so it does! And this old dog learned a new trick this morning.

I regularly have multiple instances of PowerPoint slide decks open at the same time. I've never known about closing one of the instances using that shortcut.  Before posting what I did, I was struggling and trying to find perhaps a Microsoft Office window that would open and behave that way. Thinking about something like a File > Save dialog or suchlike.

In pondering that as it relates to SnagIt, this shortcut key combination would seem (at least in my own mind) to be consistent with that behavior, no? I mean, one could consider each instance of an image in the recents tray to be akin to a new Word document or a new slide deck in PowerPoint. But maybe I'm misunderstanding.

Apologies if I muddied any waters here.

Cheers... Rick :)
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I agree as any image in the tray is available immediately for editing. No different from switching open Word documents (ALT+TAB) on the Task bar except it is not possible to switch between images in the tray with a keyboard shortcut that I can find.
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I compare it to firefox where ctrl-w closes the current tab i'm in.

Snagit ctrl-w closes the current image I  just saved.


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Lorenzo Alali

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I should have been more precise in my post, CTRL+W closes the current tab AND the current window when only one tab remains open.
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In programs like the current versions of Office products, when you open multiple documents, they are opened in separate windows, not in tabs. I believe they are referred to as 'sessions' when working this way. CTRL + W will close the currently open 'session' until only one remains and then the final window will remain open and must be closed with ALT + F4. The current version of Acrobat Reader, for example, does open in tabs and CRTL + W will close 'tabs' until only the application window remains open which is closed with ALT + F4. Older products such as Acrobat 9 open as sessions. In my experience, at the moment, browsers are the only application that will completely close with the CTRL + W keyboard shortcut.
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