Keyboard shortcuts and accelerators for Db2 servers and clients

You can use keys or key combinations to perform operations that can also be done with a mouse.

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You can initiate menu actions from the keyboard in the following ways:
  • Press F10 to activate the keyboard; then press the arrow keys to access specific options, or press the same letter as the one that is underlined in the name of the menu option you want to select. For example, to select the Help Index, press F10 to activate the main menu; then use the arrow keys to select Help > Help Index.
  • Press and hold the Alt key; then press the same letter as the one that is underlined in the name of the main menu option that you want to select. For example, to select the General Help menu option, press Alt+H; then press G.
    Note: On some UNIX operating systems, you might need to press Ctrl instead of Alt.

To exit the main menu without selecting an option, press Esc.

Some menu items have accelerators, which allow you to invoke the menu option without expanding the menu. For example, you can enter CTRL+F for find, when the focus is on the details view.

Often the directions for how to access a window or wizard instruct you to right-click an object and select an object from the pop-up menu. To open the pop-up menu with the keyboard, first select the object then press Shift+F10. To access a specific menu option on the pop-up menu, press the same letter as the one that is underlined in the name of the menu option you want to select.

Table 1. General keyboard shortcuts and accelerators
Action Shortcut
Access the menu bar Alt or F10
Go to the next menu item arrow keys, or the underlined letter in the menu option
Go to the next field in a window Tab
Go back to the previous field in a window Shift+Tab
Go to the next frame F6
Find Ctrl+F
Find Next Ctrl+N
Table 2. Keyboard shortcuts for table actions
Action Shortcut
Edit the current cell, if it is editable F2
Move to the cell above or below up or down arrows
Move to the cell to the left or right left or right arrows
Give the next component focus Tab
Give the previous component focus Shift+Tab
Table 3. Tree navigation
Action Shortcut
Navigate out forward Tab
Navigate out backward Shift+Tab
Expand entry Right
Collapse entry Left
Toggle expand/collapse for entry Enter
Move or down an entry up or down arrows
Move to first entry Home
Move to last visible entry End
Table 4. Editing actions
Action Shortcut
Copy Ctrl+C
Cut Ctrl+X
Paste Ctrl+V
Select All Ctrl+A
Undo Ctrl+Z
Accessing custom controls
The following two controls are unique to Db2 clients and servers. Here is how you access them using the keyboard:
ellipsis
To access the ellipsis push button with the keyboard, press the Tab key until the push button is selected; then press the Space bar.
The date entry field
To access the date entry field with the keyboard, press the Tab key until the entry field is selected; then type the date in the entry field.