Hit Tab Before Opening a Construct
Mar 1, 2011 David Lang

Hit Tab Before Opening a Construct

Here's another simple tip which can save you a great deal of time in your study:

Hit Tab before opening a new Construct window.

The Construct window lets you define complex searches using an easy-to-understand graphical interface, but in order to work, it must be linked with a search window via the LINK Command. If a Search window is active when you open a new Construct window, Accordance will automatically insert that LINK command for you... if, and only if, all the text in the argument entry box is selected.

If you have a search argument in the argument entry box and it is not completely selected, Accordance is not sure you want that search to be replaced with the LINK command, so it will not insert it. But if the previous search argument is selected, Accordance assumes you want to replace it and will insert the LINK command accordingly.

By now, I'm sure you can see where this is going. Since hitting the tab key automatically selects the contents of the front window's search entry box, you can ensure that the LINK command gets inserted automatically by pressing Tab before you open a new Construct window.

Combine the Tab key with the key combinations for opening a new Construct window, and you can create a construct search very quickly. When I want to create a Greek construct search, for example, it is now second nature to me to hit Tab then command-2. Doing so means I can begin defining my search immediately, without having to remember to link the Construct window to a Search window.

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