# what does Shift Backspace do?

In the list of keyboard shortcuts (Under Tools-Customize-Keyboard) the description for the shortcut key Shift+Backspace is “Shift+Backspace.” What does it do? It appears to do the same thing as Backspace by itself.

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Hello @catbill,

+1 for interesting find.

First i tried pressing Shift+Backspace in my Writer document, and like you said, it does exactly the same as pressing only Backspace ( without Shift ), that is, it deletes the selection or the character to the left.

In my Keyboard Shortcuts tab in “Tools : Customize...”, there is also a Shortcut defined for Shift+Backspace, and its description indeed reads: “Shift+Backspace” … Not much info there...

Then i searched for the Shortcut Key “Shift+Backspace” in the Help file Shortcut Keys for LibreOffice Writer, but unfortunately no Shortcut Key for “Shift+Backspace” is listed there.

Yet i saw that there exists a special UNO Dispatch command called .uno:ShiftBackspace with the corresponding identifier FN_SHIFT_BACKSPACE in the source code, so the Shortcut Key must be relevant too.

Interpreting this code on first sight, it appears to me that the command FN_SHIFT_BACKSPACE does exactly the same as the command FN_BACKSPACE listed one case up, but without taking an eventual Numbering/Outline level into consideration.

I guess that way one could hold Shift+Backspace inside a Numbered List, then it will keep on deleting until the number, then it stops.

Hope this helps, lib

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I tested and can confirm that you are correct. Thank you for looking into this.

Considering all of the possible shortcuts that I believe would be more useful, it is puzzling that it was decided to make this one a default.

Anyway, I am trying to compile a list of all of the shortcuts with clear descriptions of what they do. Unfortunately, several of the descriptions are not at all clear.

( 2018-01-29 03:18:24 +0200 )edit

Thanks for confirming this @catbill,

Your compiled list would be a welcome addition to the (short) descriptions listed in the LO Help for Keyboard Shortcuts. Perhaps a good opportunity for a "community wiki"? Then it can be added to while the list grows..

( 2018-01-29 08:11:12 +0200 )edit

That sounds like a good idea and I will look into it with the documentation team. In addition, I would like to make a Writer version available so that people can add their own shortcuts and descriptions. I would like it to be a cheat sheet for people at any skill level--especially people for whom it is difficult to use a mouse. My hope is that people can start seeing how useful it is to use shortcuts and how easy it is to make their own.

( 2018-01-29 19:12:48 +0200 )edit

I am having to chase down several shortcuts with mysterious names that I would imagine are rarely used, if ever.

( 2018-01-29 19:14:38 +0200 )edit