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Macros (for SKY Index v6.0)

Overview

Below are example macros for SKY Index Professional v6.0 that have been provided primarily by SKY Index users.

Notes

These macros were written for SKY Index v6.0 and may not work with v7.0.

The macros that appear on this page are determined solely by SKY Software and we reserve that right to add or remove macros at any time and for any reason. These macros are provided free of charge and without warranty of any kind. Use of these macros is at your own risk.

SKY Index Macros

Purpose: Add Hidden Notes
Author: Ann Truesdale
Macro: %{f12}{end}^t ?^t{left 2}+{right}
Notes:

I use this to make notes and queries to myself. When doing final editing I search for ? to group them all. The ones I resolve before that I remove as I go along. I use this same macro to code entries that I want to group for some reason -- diacritics so I can make a list to send to the editor or names missing first names -- whatever I need to group later. I type in a symbol such as # or @ instead of a note. The macro will place the cursor so you are ready to type hidden text. Best to copy and paste these, but if you type this one, note there is a space before the question mark.

Some of these are especially helpful if you are working on an index with many entries per page; for indexes with few entries per page I tend to replace some of them with other macros specific to that index.

Purpose: Converts 56 to 56-57 and moves to next entry
Author: Ann Truesdale
Macros: %{f12}{f2}{end}^c{+}{f2}{home}^v-~
Notes

Purpose: Converts 56 to 56-5 with cursor positioned to type end of page range, i.e., typing 9 yields the page range 56-59
Author: Ann Truesdale
Macros:  %{f12}{f2}{end}^c{f2}-^v{bs}
Notes:

Purpose: Increments page number by one; also converts a page range to the next page above the lower end, i.e., 356-362 becomes 357.
Author: Ann Truesdale
Macros: %{f12}{f2}{end}{f2}{home}+^{right}^x{f2}^v{+}~
Notes: Sounds esoteric, but I actually use it a lot in some books. For a single page number, increments by one, but saves the keystrokes for moving to the locator grid and then to the new entry. Very handy if you just typed a main entry term and don't need a sub. One keystroke and you're ready to type the next main entry term.

Purpose: A cousin of the above; converts 356-362 to 356. Handy for when you enter a page range, and then need to enter some terms on the first page of that range.
Author: Ann Truesdale
Macros: %{f12}{f2}%~{f2}+^{left}{del}{bs}~
Notes

Purpose: Bold, italic, or underlined locators
Author: Ann Truesdale
Macros: %{f12}^+{left}^b{end}^b^tx^t
Notes: For italic change b's to i's; for underline to u's. This inserts an x in hidden text to prevent the following from happening (forces the bold locator to sort after the page range): *235*, 235-8
If you happen to want the formatted text to sort before the page range there, remove ^tx^t from the end of the macro.

Purpose: This macro allows you to sort subheading number 1 by its page number. It does this by copying the locator and then placing it at the front of the Sub1 field as a forced sorting code.
Author: Kamm Schreiner
Macro: {End}^c{Home}{Right}{F2}{Home}{{}|^v{}}{F2}{Down}
Notes: This macro is not needed for version 6.0 of SKY Index as this sorting can be accomplished through a simple program setting. The macro will work only for page numbers that are of the same number of digits. If the largest page number is three digits, you will need to create two additional macros to add leading zeros to the single and double digit page numbers for the sorting to be correct. For single digit page numbers use:

{End}^c{Home}{Right}{F2}{Home}{{}|00^v{}}{F2}{Down} and for two digit page numbers use:

{End}^c{Home}{Right}{F2}{Home}{{}|0^v{}}{F2}{Down}.

Purpose: To remove subs from entries with 1 to 3 subs, while leaving a deleted copy of the complete entry in the file.
Author: Judith Anderson
Macro: For 1 sub: +{F6}^a^d{DEL}{UP}{RIGHT}{DEL}+{F7}
            For 2 subs: +{F6}^a^d{DEL}{UP}{RIGHT}{DEL}{UP}{DEL}+{F7}
            For 3 subs: +{F6}^a^d{DEL}{UP}{RIGHT}{DEL}{UP}{DEL}{UP}{DEL}+{F7}
Notes: This is for files with only one level of subheading. The F7 at the end returns you to page-sorted mode. For entries with more than 3 subs, you could remove the F7 to stay in grouped mode and manually remove the rest of the subs.

Purpose: To remove Latin (scientific) name from an entry of type: common name (Genus species)
Author: Judith Anderson
Macro: %{F12}{END}+^{LEFT 4}{DEL}
Notes: Often in a biological index, you will have a main entry of the type "common name (Genus species)". When you duplicate and swap, you usually want only the common name in the subhead.

Purpose: To double-post an entry of the form "common name (Genus species)", moving scientific name to front of entry and placing common name in parens after it.
Author: Judith Anderson
Macro: ^d{F2}^{LEFT 4}{LEFT}^+{HOME}^x{END} {(}^v{)}{HOME}{RIGHT 2}{BS}^{RIGHT 3}{BS 2} {END}
   For three-word scientific names (e.g. Genus species subspecies) use:
   ^d{F2}^{LEFT 5}{LEFT}^+{HOME}^x{END} {(}^v{)}{HOME}{RIGHT 2}{BS}^{RIGHT 4}{BS 2} {END}
Notes: The macro above requires that the scientific name has only 2 parts (no subspecies or varieties). However the common name can consist of any number of words.

Purpose: To make the current entry into a See reference to the entry above it.
Author: Jon Jermey
Macro: {UP}^c{DOWN}{RIGHT}{Del} {RIGHT}see ^v{ENTER}
Notes: Cursor should be in the first column of a three-column grid. The {Del} is in there to remove any entry in the second column that may have been auto-entered.

Purpose: To make the current entry into a See Also reference to the entry above it.
Author: Jon Jermey
Macro: {UP}^c{DOWN}{RIGHT}{Del} {RIGHT}see also ^v{ENTER}
Notes: Cursor should be in the first column of a three-column grid. The {Del} is in there to remove any entry in the second column that may have been auto-entered.

Purpose: To swap the topic and the see also reference: e.g. 'power see also energy' copies to 'energy see also power'
Author: Jon Jermey
Macro: {UP}^c{DOWN}{END}see also ^v{UP}{F2}{HOME}^{RIGHT}^{RIGHT}^+{END}^c{DOWN}{HOME}^v
Notes: Cursor should be in the first column of a three-column grid. The {Del} is in there to remove any entry in the second column that may have been auto-entered.

Purpose: To copy the entry in the cell above.
Author: Jon Jermey
Macro: {UP}^c{DOWN}^v{DOWN}
Notes: I use this a LOT.

Purpose: To delete the last word of the current entry.
Author: Jon Jermey
Macro: ^{F2}{F2}+^{LEFT}{DEL}
Notes: handy for trimming.

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