Splunk® Style Guide

Splunk Style Guide

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Keyboard shortcuts

Follow these guidelines when writing keyboard shortcuts in Splunk documentation.

Operating system keyboard shortcuts

If the action a user takes on a keyboard is a well-known operating system command, focus on the outcome rather than the keyboard shortcut and use device-agnostic language. See Use device-agnostic language.

Copy your token.
Select Control+C to copy your token.

Splunk product keyboard shortcuts

If you're writing a keyboard shortcut that's specific to a Splunk product, follow these guidelines:

  • Use initial capitalization, plus ( + ) signs, and no spaces.
  • Don't format keys in bold or monospace font.
  • Spell out the name of the keys where space allows.
  • Don't use symbols instead of key names.

See the following examples:

Cmd - B
⌘ + Shift + Esc

Writing keyboard shortcuts in a confined space

If you're working within a space constraint, such as in a UI or a table column, it's okay to abbreviate key names like Ctrl, Cmd, Del, and Esc.

Differences in Mac and PC keyboards

There are differences between Mac keyboards and PC keyboards, which are used for Windows and *nix, such as the Command, Control, Option, Alt, and Windows keys. Include both keyboard shortcut variations as a sentence or a table. See the following examples:

Correct as a sentence
Select Control+N for Mac or Alt+N for Windows or *nix.
Correct as a table 
You can use the following keyboard shortcuts in the playbook editor:
Action Mac Windows or *nix
Add block panel Command+B Control+B
Add prompt block Command+8 Control+8
Auto arrange playbook Command+Shift+F Control+Shift+F
Toggle Python editor Command+E Control+E
Show hotkeys Command+? Control+?
Last modified on 28 April, 2023
Example names and domains
Plurals in parentheses

This documentation applies to the following versions of Splunk® Style Guide: current

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