Manual Keystroke Callouts

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I have been using the Keystroke Callout feature and the 'Enter' button on my keyboard comes up as a 'Return' key.

Yes I know I can create my own image to display this, however reading over some of the issues with the Keystroke Callouts, it would seem that a lot of these issues (thinking of you Sweden) would be avoided if an option to use include a Manual Keystroke Callout option, so that the automatic keystroke read can be clarified.

At very least a similar looking basic callout could be provided (I find the Camtasia 9 callouts are not as flexible as Camtasia 8) as its not possible to create a similar alternative with a Camtasia project.

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Rick Stone

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Hi there

Try opening Windows Notepad and typing "Enter" into Notepad. Just the text and not the quotes.

Now select the text and copy it to the clipboard.

Add a Keystroke callout to Camtasia. Then select the text (for me, the initial text was Ctrl + A).

Now paste the copied text into the field and you should have what  you want!

Cheers... Rick :)
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Rick Stone

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Note that when you paste you need to right-click. If you try using the keyboard shortcut, the field will just pick up Ctrl+V.
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Definitely a good thing to know :)

as I recall, Rick, you offered up this technique here a good number of months ago; I used it back then to make 2 keyboard callouts that I use all the time: "Enter" and "alt-tab"; I put those in the Library as individual assets, and have used them constantly ever sinse. 

I'll also pass along that if you use the enter key when screencasting, then auto-generate the callouts, you'll get a real "Enter" key, not "Return".
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Vicki Hagen

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Very helpful tip. Thanks much.
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Joe Morgan

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Nice catch Rick, 

Camtasia 8 would only let you enter 2 Key Strokes and you were done. Most programs use shortcuts involving more than 2 keys.

You can add all you need with Camtasia 9.
I added a 9 key shortcut at default size and it filled the screen at 1920 x 1080.

I didn't test the limit, to how many keys can be added. 

There probably is one, but I created a phony 40 key stroke callout.
If a 40 key shortcut existed,  it wouldn't be a shortcut at all.