Can Single-Key Trigger Macros Be Disabled in Text Boxes/Fields?

I've set up a couple of useful macros in my DAW Nuendo which are triggered by single keys, such as "y", "x" a.s.o. Is there a way to disable a macro automatically while you're in a text box or text field in the target application? E.g. when I try to name an audio track in Nuendo with "Saxophone", the x will of course trigger the macro... :wink:

There's a long press trigger

Hey Thomas,

It's generally a bad idea to set up single-key hotkeys, because there is NO way to detect when that keystroke will be needed in a different context.

I do use them for certain things though, however I find it desirable to have a palette showing when those hotkeys are active.

Take a look at this thread, you'll see an example from me and from @MitchellModel.

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@hello's suggestion is workable, but I don't like having to put up with the delay.

Another possibility is using a hotkey chord – where you have an activator sequence – and then the macro waits for a keypress.

@DanThomas has a good example on the forum somewhere.


If the text field opening switches a Nuendo menu listing between being enabled or disabled, then using the If Then Else action with your single-key macros could solve this. I don't have Nuendo for testing so this is a rough mock-up using a Comment in place of where the single-key actions would be inserted.


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