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Getting more out of the Notes tab - keyboard shortcuts

There are a number of keyboard shortcuts built-in to the Notes tab (enabled from the Options).
First to know and remember is 'Ctrl+S' saves the notes for that race, as does hitting Enter
Here I will list the shortcuts by key - implicit is the fact you need to be holding the Ctrl key when you hit it
Note: The keyboard shortcuts INSERT text where the input cursor currently is, followed by a space. If you have text selected, it will be replaced.
Where there are options for formatting what is inserted, your current settings will apply

T - Current date and time, UTC. The date is formatted like '07Jun' to be more 'international friendly'. Example: 02Jun@21:03 utc
M - The coordinates under the mouse. You can also cut and paste, but this bypasses that when you just want the coord in your notes (I also considered 'C', but then you couldn't easily copy text FROM the notes)
Y - The name of the Yacht the mouse is hovered over.
N - Relative Navigation information for the point under the cursor, from your boat. This is the same as the values you see in map top right (Xnm@Y°).
R - Just the 'range' part of the data you get by using the 'N' shortcut
B - Just the 'bearing' part of the data you get by using the 'N' shortcut
W - Wind data for the location under the mouse, at the time specified on the Wx slider - same as displayed at map top right.
D - Inserts a degree symbol - °

These few allow you to quite quickly and easily add useful information to your race notes, and keeping notes is a great way to keep track of progress (for example, recording range/bearing to a particular boat at regular intervals), and also to help you improve. You might record that you had an 'either/or' decision and the time, the possible choices you had, which you made and ideally something that helps you to evaluate that decision later on
- for example "01Jun@13:05 - undecided between staying on favoured tack with higher VMC, or gybing to Port and aim for more wind in 12 hours. I gybed, GnT off my lee bow: 1.27nm@277.40° remained on Starboard"
When our courses finally converge again, I can very easily determine if I made the right choice, by comparing his latest range/bearing

It is important to remember that the 'text insert cursor' needs to be visible in the Notes text box, for these shortcuts to work - so if you click outside of the textbox, you will need to return 'input focus' to it by clicking it again.

If you have any suggestions to add to this list, or to enhance the Race Notes facility, please leave a reply.
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