We are developing a scientific software which performs a list of measurements called batch. Usually, some group of measurements are similar. So to make it easier for the user to create its batch, we have a feature called clone.

The clone operation make a copy/paste of the selection. The selection is duplicated at the end of the batch. This operation is accessible through a contextual menu. Contextual menu:

  • Clone
  • Remove (del)
  • Move up (alt+up)
  • Move down (alt+down)

We need to set keyboard shortcuts on these operations but we can't find a "standard" keyboard shortcut for this clone. Does anyone have an idea about this?

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In Illustrator and Balsamiq (i know, they are not scientific tools) the clone action is Ctrl+D (on Win, on Mac it's Cmd+D). While in Illustrator it's actually "repeat transformation". But you can use it for sort of "cloning".

D can stand for "duplicate". So probably instead of labeling the action "clone", you could label it "duplicate" and put Ctrl+D as shortcut on it.

  • In the Adobe suite of software Ctrl-J is used to duplicate. Crtl-D is to Deselect. But actually i agree Ctrl-D to duplicate is a more natural response.
    – OpenTage
    Aug 13, 2014 at 12:02
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    @OpenTage In Illustrator you can i.e. copy-past a path with Alt+Mousedrag (Win). If you press Ctrl+D afterwards (Win), you'll get the path again with the same position offset like the first pasted one. Try it ;-) (Also works for other transformation methods like rotate, scale...) Aug 13, 2014 at 12:11
  • After a google search, ctrl+d for duplicate is quite common (Jetbrains resharper, notepad++ ...) Thanks
    – AlexH
    Aug 13, 2014 at 12:18

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