Disable keyboard shortcuts in the rich text editor so emacs key bindings will work

We recently upgraded from JIRA 6.2 to 7.1 and with that came the new wiki-style renderer toolbar. Unfortunately a few of the toolbar buttons have shortcut keys associated with them that will block/overwrite the emacs key bindings. For example, ctrl-k will typically call the "kill-whole-line" emacs however now it calls the "Insert External Link" button. Is there any way to bring back the old functionality? Thanks.

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Hey Chris!

There are a couple ways to accomplish this:

  1. Each user can completely disable keyboard shortcuts, site-wide.  This can be done by either visiting their profile page, or hitting SHIFT + ?, then Disable Keyboard Shortcuts.  I don't like this solution, as there are a fair number of really useful shortcuts that you'd lose the ability to use.

  2. Change the renderer of the Comment field to a plain-text editor, instead of wiki-style.  If you're not familiar with administering fields/field configurations, check out this doc.  And for more information on renders, look at this.  I like this solution because it removes all keyboard shortcuts from the comment field only.  You do lose the ability to do nice formatting and such, but that may be okay in your situation.

Good luck!

Thanks for the response, Cody. Unfortunately disabling the shortcuts has no bearing as it doesn't disable the shortcuts for the toolbar. Also, going to a plain text field is not really an option either as we actually get pretty good use out of the markup (more so than the emacs key mappings smile )

Unfortunately disabling the shortcuts has no bearing as it doesn't disable the shortcuts for the toolbar.

Are you sure?  I just re-verified on one of my instances that disabling shortcuts does indeed kill the markup shortcuts as well.

Doh. You're right. Not sure what I was seeing but yeah, once I disabled the shortcuts, it worked. Thanks!

Okay great!  I'm not going crazy.  smile

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