#1216 menu item/shortcut to search NOTES?


Is there any way that a keyboard shortcut (or menu item, so I could use it to make my own shortcut) could be added to search the NOTES pane? I can search the contents pane with cmd+option+f but there is no way for me to go to that field in the notes pane without clicking on it.



  • Christiaan Hofman

    I consider that feature bloat. Filtering the notes is really not worthwhile enough an action to get another menu item.

  • Christiaan Hofman

    • priority: 5 --> 3
  • redsteven

    redsteven - 2012-02-08

    Any way at all for me to do it then? Notes are the whole point of using Skim. As a student taking notes on professor's powerpoints, I can easily exceed 100 notes on a single pdf.

    thanks anyway

  • anobbe

    anobbe - 2012-02-12

    I don't think it is possible at all, otherwise it would be at least scriptable with Applescript to jump to the preferred field. The AS library does not show an entry for that. From the developer point of view, I estimate, every "new" function bears possible bugs.

  • Christiaan Hofman

    You can use UI scripting to achieve this.

    (And yes, UI pollution can be a bug.)

  • Christiaan Hofman

    Here's an AppleScript:

    tell application "System Events"
    tell process "Skim"
    set frontmost to true
    if menu item "Show Notes Pane" of menu "View" of menu bar 1 exists then
    keystroke "N" using {command down, shift down}
    end if
    tell window 1
    if splitter group 1 exists then
    set focused of last text field of last splitter group to true
    else if last text field exists then
    set focused of last text field to true
    end if
    end tell
    end tell
    end tell

  • redsteven

    redsteven - 2012-03-09

    THANKS! Works like a charm.

  • SMN

    SMN - 2013-09-27

    hello, I'm not sure I'm posting at the right place, but I wanted to ask you guys if there was a way (I was missing) to create a "search button" in the toolbar for the text in the pdf.

    like a google search bar, I'm not really used to use cmd+f so maybe... :)

    Thanks a lot btw, I'm using Skim just for reading my lessons (medschool) and it's just way better with my MacBook Air (why is acrobat so laggy when it comes to scroll down?! I don't remember it when I was using my 2009 MBP some years ago...)

    P.S.: any plan to make the full-screen (lion's top right corner) feature?

    Thanks again!

    • Christiaan Hofman

      No, that's not available.

  • redsteven

    redsteven - 2013-09-28

    I've been using the applescript Christiaan posted above for over a year and a half now and it's been awesome.


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