Implement right-click menu single-key accelerators in ArcGIS Pro

Idea created by sapienza_home on Sep 3, 2018
    • NATMO_dongenergy
    • mboeringa2010
    • Hornbydd
    • flex_ama
    • tpcolson
    • sapienza_home
    • gcwood@ncc
    • NDierks@BoxElder

    Custom accelerators for specific commands have finally been implemented, and that's lovely, but what's still appears to be missing is accelerator keys on specific commands accessed from right-click menus. The fact that menus are really only navigable by mouse slows down a number of common actions, particularly for people with certain accessibility issues.


    In ArcMap 10.X, right-clicking on "Layers" in the table of contents brought up a menu like the following. Every option has a single letter in the command underlined, and when the right-click menu was on screen pressing that letter on the keyboard would activate the command, eliminating the need to drive the mouse and click on the command.

    ArcMap 10.X right-click menu showing accelerator keysBy memorising commonly-used accelerator keys, it was then possible to very rapidly get to specific options, particularly "Properties" (right-click + "I"), which could be useful at times for fiddling around with coordinate systems. Nearly every item in the list has some sort of accelerator key for the command, too.


    In contrast, the right-click menus in ArcGIS Pro have almost no accelerators. Here's the right-click menu for "Map" in the Content pane:

    ArcGIS Pro right-click menu showing lack of accelerator keysWhile it's possible to assign a keyboard combo in Options to (eg) open Map Properties rapidly, it still doesn't explain the lack of keyboard accelerators on the right-click menu commands. And this is particularly galling in that some of the commands do have underlined accelerators, as can be seen below when the "Labeling" submenu is expanded!


    ArcGIS Pro right-click menu showing occasional implementation of accelerator keys

    Right-clicking around on various buttons and menus in the software, it seem that at least some of the development groups working on ArcGIS Pro feel that implementing these underlined single-key accelerators is worthwhile. If you right-click on the Big 6 items in Catalog: "Toolboxes" and "Locators" have full support;  "Maps" has 1/7; "Databases" has 2/4; "Styles" has 1/8; "Folders" has 2/9.


    Ad hoc accessibility isn't better than no accessibility at all; it just amplifies the frustration.