How to go to matching brace ?

Posted on 2014-04-16
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Last Modified: 2016-11-10
Hello, I'm using Slick Edit version 6.01.7601  Service Pack 1.

I'm at opening brace.  How do I go to to closing brace?   Or how do I highlight opening and closing brace so I can see the block ?
Question by:naseeam
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On a number of editors, I use ctrl-[ or ctrl-] to match braces, brackets, and parenthesis, both forwards and backwards.
Holding the shift key down as in ctrl/shift followed by [ or ] then highlights the area between the braces or parenthesis. Very useful. Although I have not used SlickEdit (I use Qt Creator on Ubuntu and VS 2010 Express on Windows), from a search, I believe SlickEdit falls into this same category.

Since you are getting into SlickEdit, I found a table of key shortcuts to give you too many goodies.

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Thank you so much for sending table of shortcut keys.  It specifies following keys for finding matching parenthesis:

Ctrl + Shift + ]

but this key sequence didn't work for me.  From main menu - Search - Go to Matching Parenthesis works.  Or Ctrl + ] works.

FYI, when I installed slickedit, I selected CUA emulation.
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phoffric earned 1000 total points
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I was surprised to see in the table Ctrl + Shift + ] as the matching brace shortcut. But since I posted both keys with and without the Shift, I figured one of them would work. :)

Now that I think about it, I recall some editors I used decades ago used Ctrl + } to find the matching brace (and of course, the } is just the Shift+].

Here is the CUA emulation I found for SlickEdit. Hope some of these work for you.

Possibly there is no Ctrl + [ for your SlickEdit. You just use Ctrl + ] to go back and forth, whereas in some editors, the ] is strictly for going backwards and [ for forwards; so in this case, you have to be careful not to do Ctrl + ] too many times or else you may land well beyond the original matching brace.

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Great answers!  Bonus editor information.

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by:Symileon Gitterton
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On my mac the key binding Ctrl-] does not work. In fact I can't even enter it into the Options text field for searching key combos. I believe the operating system must be eating that key combo before it gets to SlickEdit. So I changed the key binding in Tools->Options->Keyboard and Mouse->Key Bindings->find-matching-paren to Ctrl+Alt+] and that works ok.

Mac OS 10.11.6
SlickEdit Pro 2015 (v20.0.0.12)

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