Keyboard Shortcuts

A great way to become more efficient in Libronix is by using keyboard shortcuts. We’ve compiled a nearly exhaustive list of keyboard shortcuts to help you learn them. Here are a few:

  • Ctrl+L opens My Library.
  • Ctrl+Shift+G activates the Quick Navigation Bar.
  • Tab or Ctrl+G activates the text box in a resource, which you can use to jump to a reference or page.
  • Ctrl+Shift+W closes all windows.
  • Ctrl+F4 or Ctrl+W closes the active window.
  • Ctrl+Shift+C opens the contents pane.
  • The right arrow key takes you to the next resource in a resource association. Try it when you have an English Bible opened.

The best way to make these shortcuts a part of your normal use of Libronix is to go through the list and try each one. Pick a handful that you find especially helpful and start using them immediately.
In addition to the standard shortcuts, you can also create your own shortcuts for many of your favorite activities like opening a resource and applying a visual markup. Here are some examples of things I do with shortcut keys:

  • Alt+A opens my Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary.
  • Alt+D opens my default English dictionary.
  • Alt+T opens my Thesaurus.
  • Alt+E opens the ESV.
  • Alt+G opens my Greek New Testament.
  • Alt+H opens my Hebrew Old Testament.
  • Alt+N opens the New American Commentary to the passage I’m working on (if applicable).
  • Alt+W opens the Word Biblical Commentary to the passage I’m working on (if applicable).
  • Alt+B applies my blue highlighter.
  • Alt+R applies my red highlighter.
  • Alt+Y applies my yellow highlighter.
  • Alt+Z erases my highlighting or other markups.

You can assign keyboard shortcuts like these by creating a custom toolbar. I’ll get you started by showing you how to create shortcuts to open resources.

  1. Open Libronix.
  2. Right click on the toolbar area and click on Customize.
  3. Click New to create a new toolbar.
  4. Leave the Category as Special, and click on Open (Resource).
  5. Click Add, give it a name like Shortcuts, and then click on Details.
  6. Give it a name like ESV, select a style and icon, and assign a shortcut key (e.g., Alt+E).
  7. Click Change and select the resource you would like to open with your shortcut.
  8. Click OK, OK, and Close.
  9. Repeat this process to add other resources.

Feel free to hide your new toolbar by right clicking in the toolbar area and unchecking it. It doesn’t need to be visible to be active.
Here’s a brief video walking you through the steps.
Give it a try!
For other tips on being more efficient, check out our previous post on Mouse Gestures.


  1. This is great! But it doesn’t seem to work for the JPS Torah commentary. That is, it opens the volume set to the keypress, but doesn’t change to match the open passage.
    (I set it to open Genesis, opened my KJV to Deu 10:5, then hit the shortcut. It opens to Genesis. If I hit my WBC shortcut, it opens to Deu 10:5.)

  2. Ben, you seem to be missing the JPS serial resource association. (The resource association is necessary to let the system know that there are other volumes in the series.) Creating one is simple: Tools > Library Management > Define Resource Associations. Select Serial, and click New. Add all of the JPS commentaries, give it a name, and save it. That should take care of it for you.

  3. Excellent, thanks!

  4. How about a keyboard shortcut to change the active reference type in the active window?

  5. Thanks for this. I’ve got some resource shortcuts working OK – very helpful. But how do I get the ‘apply highlighter’ to work on a shortcut?

  6. David, in order to create shortcuts for applying markups, you will need to select “Visual Markup” from the Category and “Apply (Visual Markup)” from the Commands. Add it, name it, and customize it by clicking on details. Assign the shortcut key, and it should work just like the other shortcuts. Let me know if you continue to have problems, and I’d be happy to provide a video demonstration.

  7. Thanks for that, Phil. It works a treat!

  8. You’re welcome, David. Glad it worked!