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Shortcut Manager

The Shortcut Manager dialog, accessible from the Macabacus > Settings > Keyboard menu, is used to manage shortcut keystroke settings.

The shortcuts list can be sorted by action name, utility, or keystroke. The utility of a shortcut reflects its expected frequency of use and its estimated time savings benefit. The higher the utility, the more important the shortcut is to learn.

The Shortcut Manager resides in a pane at the edge of the Excel application window, making it easy to learn Macabacus' shortcuts while you work.

Edit Shortcuts

You may want to customize your Macabacus shortcut keystrokes to mimic another add-in or deconflict hotkey assignments where multiple add-ins have one or more shortcut keystrokes in common. Shortcut assignments for other add-ins cannot be editing using the Shortcut Manager.

To edit a shortcut keystroke, select the shortcut from the list and either (a) key the new keystroke or (b) use the controls at the bottom of the Shortcut Manager to assign and save the new keystroke. When using the controls to edit shortcuts, you must click the save button to retain each of your changes.

To remove a shortcut (delete its keystroke assignment), simply uncheck it. Even after removing a shortcut, you can still access its underlying functionality from the Macabacus tab.

Reset Shortcuts

Click the Reset All or Reset button to restore all or specifically selected shortcut keystrokes to their default Macabacus settings. You will be prompted to confirm that you want to continue before resetting all keystrokes.

Clear Shortcuts

By default, Macabacus will assign its shortcut keystrokes upon opening Excel (assuming no conflicts with other add-ins). However, if you do not want Macabacus' shortcut keystrokes to be set upon opening Excel, click the Clear All button to uncheck and disable all shortcuts listed in the Shortcut Manager. You can then selectively recheck only those shortcuts that you wish to use.


If you have other Excel add-ins installed, their hotkey assignments (shortcut keystrokes) may conflict with Macabacus. Shortcut assignments are given priority based on the order in which add-ins are loaded when starting Excel, and the load order for add-ins is unpredictable. Therefore, it may be necessary to override other installed shortcuts after starting Excel to ensure that all Macabacus shortcuts work. Note that you can also deconflict hotkey assignments using the Shortcut Manager, avoiding the need to override altogether. To override all other shortcut keystroke settings, click the Macabacus > Settings > Keyboard > Override button.


If you backed up your Macabacus shortcut settings to an XML file in an older version of Macabacus, where shortcuts are backed up separately from other Macabacus settings, you can import these settings into a newer version of Macabacus by clicking the Macabacus > Settings > Keyboard > Restore Settings button.

Print Shortcuts

Click the Macabacus > Settings > Keyboard > Print button to open a new workbook containing a list of all Macabacus shortcut keystrokes that can be printed for convenient reference. You can reformat the list or sort shortcuts by name, keystroke, category, or utility before printing.

Troubleshooting Shortcuts

If you are experiencing problems with Macabacus' keyboard shortcuts, the most likely scenario is that you have add-ins (e.g., Cap IQ) or other software installed whose shortcuts conflict with Macabacus' shortcuts. Add-ins are loaded in whatever order Excel decides. The latest-loaded add-ins are those whose shortcut keystroke assignments prevail. Perform the following steps to resolve shortcut issues:

  1. Click the Macabacus > Settings > Keyboard > Override button to override any shortcut conflicts with other add-ins. This solves most shortcut-related problems.
  2. Click the Macabacus > Settings > Keyboard > Shortcut Manager button. Confirm that the shortcut keystrokes you are attempting to use are indeed assigned to their intended operations.
  3. Confirm whether all Macabacus shortcuts are affected, or just a few. Try some formatting-related shortcuts as well as some non-formatting-related shortcuts.
  4. Open a blank workbook and try the failing shortcuts there.
  5. If some formatting-related shortcuts fail to work properly in the original workbook, but work correctly in a blank workbook, the problem could be that your original workbook contains too many number formats or styles. If so, try cleaning up your workbook using Macabacus' workbook optimization tools at Macabacus > File > Optimize.
  6. Do the buttons on the Macabacus tab in the ribbon that correspond to the failing shortcuts also fail to produce the expected result? If so, then the problem is broader in scope than shortcuts.
  7. In the Shortcut Manager, click the Reset All button to return all shortcuts to their default settings and attempt to use the shortcuts again. You may wish to back up your Macabacus settings first.
  8. Disable non-Macabacus add-ins by unchecking them in the COM Add-Ins and Excel Add-Ins dialogs. Restart Excel (quit all running instances) and confirm that the other add-ins remain disabled. Click the Override button again for good measure. If Macabacus shortcuts are working as expected now, you have a shortcut conflict with another add-in that you can resolve by changing/disabling shortcut keystrokes in Shortcut Manager or in the equivalent utility of the conflicting add-in.
  9. If you are still experiencing difficulty, submit a support request.

Disabled Keys

Advanced modelers often physically remove certain keys from their keyboards. These "nuisance" keys serve little or no purpose in most Windows applications, and accidentally hitting them can slow down Excel or result in unexpected behavior. How many times have you hit the F1 key, pulling up Excel's Help dialog, when aiming for F2?

Macabacus offers a less destructive solution to these nuisance keys, letting users disable the F1, Insert, Num Lock, and/or Scroll Lock keys, without requiring their physical removal. Go to the Macabacus > Settings > Keyboard menu to selectively disable/enable these keys. Note that on some computers, Macabacus may be unable to disable the Num Lock and Scroll Lock keys.

This documentation refers to Macabacus version 8.5.4, and may differ from the PDF documentation
on your computer that installed with your version of Macabacus.