The steps explained here by Ray Mairlot for how to add custom shortcuts to pretty much anything in Blender are easy to understand: https://blender.stackexchange.com/a/63125/50625 But I would like to do all of this, but limit the new shortcut to a specific window, just like how most of Blender's other default shortcuts work.

In my case, I want to make custom key bindings for controlling the animation timeline. I want to stop/start with SPACE, for example, but I don't want to un-bind the default search box that normally appears when pressing space everywhere else.


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    $\begingroup$ "do you not prefer that new users to add to existing questions" No, if you have a different question post it has a separate post. Link to the original one if it is relevant. $\endgroup$ – Duarte Farrajota Ramos Jan 6 '18 at 22:53
  • $\begingroup$ I was only asking because I felt like it was not a different question, but a continuation on the information already there. There are so many forums that will blast you to pieces for "spamming" with already existing questions. $\endgroup$ – bibbis Jan 8 '18 at 19:56
  • $\begingroup$ We do not have the mechanisms for you to ask in another person's question. You either have to post a comment there, which will most likely go largely unnoticed, or get you pointed towards posting a new question at best. Or you would have to (mistakenly) post an answer, which your promptly be deleted and again recommend you post a new question instead. But thanks for actually caring, most newcomers don't even bother. Do go through our help section to get acquainted with the local rules. $\endgroup$ – Duarte Farrajota Ramos Jan 8 '18 at 22:39

For your first question regarding comments, check this out:https://meta.stackexchange.com/questions/214173/why-do-i-need-50-reputation-to-comment-what-can-i-do-instead.

To add the Space control for playing and pausing your animation in the timeline, that can be done by opening the User Preferences and going to the input tab. Find the Timeline and click the little arrow to expand it. Then click Add New to create a new shortcut. Set the control to be Keyboard and set the key to Space, then set the operator to be screen.animation_play. I found the operator by searching for AltA and using the Key Binding search, then copy pasting the operator. Since this is a timeline specific key binding, all other Space shortcuts will still work.

  • $\begingroup$ That's wonderful! Thank you, that's exactly what I needed! I really love how customize-able Blender is. Searching for key-binds like that was a great tip! Is it possible to search for "ALT+A"? When I press ALT+A it is registering the "A" but not "ALT" Yes about the comments, the very first point there: "There are big problems with spam. Automated filters cannot catch all of it" That is exactly why I was asking, because isn't it even worse to have bots spam out NEW threats rather than "just" spamming comments? I'm genuinely asking, I'm not trying to argue :) Thanks again! $\endgroup$ – bibbis Jan 8 '18 at 20:10
  • $\begingroup$ Oh yes! I can just literally TYPE "ALT". Haha this is so great! $\endgroup$ – bibbis Jan 8 '18 at 20:13
  • $\begingroup$ This isn't the place to discuss how SE sites are run, so I can't comment on that. The linked question did have some decent info though, and you can try looking around on that site for answers to questions in that area. $\endgroup$ – Brenticus Jan 8 '18 at 20:59

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