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    Vue-ShortKey - plugin for VueJS 2.x accepts shortcuts globaly and in a single listener.


    npm install vue-shortkey --save



    Add the shortkey directive to the elements that accept the shortcut. The shortkey must have explicitly which keys will be used.

    Running functions

    The code below ensures that the key combination ctrl + alt + o will perform the 'theAction' method.

    <button v-shortkey="['ctrl', 'alt', 'o']" @shortkey="theAction()">Open</button>

    The function in the modifier @shortkey will be called repeatedly while the key is pressed. To call the function only once, use the once modifier

    <button v-shortkey.once="['ctrl', 'alt', 'o']" @shortkey="theAction()">Open</button>

    Multi keys

    <button v-shortkey="{up: ['arrowup'], down: ['arrowdown']}" @shortkey="theAction">Joystick</button>

    ... and your method will be called with the key in the parameter

    methods: {
      theAction (event) {
        switch (event.srcKey) {
          case 'up':
          case 'down':

    Setting the focus

    You can point the focus with the shortcut easily. The code below reserves the ALT + I key to set the focus to the input element.

    <input type="text" v-shortkey.focus="['alt', 'i']" v-model="name" />

    Push button

    Sometimes you may need a shortcut works as a push button. It calls the function one time until you release the shortcut. When you release the shortcut, it call the same function again like a toggle. In these cases, insert the "push" modifier.

    The example below shows how to do this

    <tooltip v-shortkey.push="['f3']" @shortkey="toggleToolTip"></tooltip>

    Using on a component

    Use the modifier native to catch the event.

     <my-component v-shortkey="['ctrl', 'alt', 'o']" @shortkey.native="theAction()"></my-component>

    Key list

    Key Shortkey Name
    Delete del
    Backspace backspace
    Insert insert
    NumLock numlock
    CapsLock capslock
    Pause pause
    ContextMenu contextmenu
    ScrollLock scrolllock
    BrowserHome browserhome
    MediaSelect mediaselect
    Shift shift
    Control ctrl
    Alt alt
    Alt Graph altgraph
    Super (Windows or Mac Cmd) meta
    Arrow Up arrowup
    Arrow Down arrowdown
    Arrow Left arrowleft
    Arrow Right arrowright
    Enter enter
    Escape esc
    Tab tab
    Space space
    Page Up pageup
    Page Down pagedown
    Home home
    End end
    A - Z a-z
    0-9 0-9
    F1-F12 f1-f12

    You can make any combination of keys as well as reserve a single key.

    <input type="text" v-shortkey="['q']" @shortkey="foo()"/>
    <button v-shortkey="['ctrl', 'p']" @shortkey="bar()"></button>
    <button v-shortkey="['f1']" @shortkey="help()"></button>
    <textarea v-shortkey="['ctrl', 'v']" @shortkey="dontPaste()"></textarea>

    Avoided fields

    You can avoid shortcuts within fields if you really need it. This can be done in two ways:

    • Preventing a given element from executing the shortcut by adding the v-shortkey.avoid tag in the body of the element
    <textarea v-shortkey.avoid></textaea>
    • Generalizing type of element that will not perform shortcut. To do this, insert a list of elements in the global method.
    Vue.use('vue-shortkey', { prevent: ['input', 'textarea'] })
    • Or even by class
    Vue.use('vue-shortkey', { prevent: ['.my-class-name', 'textarea.class-of-textarea'] })

    Other uses

    With the dynamism offered by Vue, you can easily create shortcuts dynamically

    <li v-for="(ctx, item) in items">
        v-shortkey="['f' + (item + 1)]"
          F {{ item }}

    Unit Test

    npm test


    npm i vue-shortkey

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