Efficient Use of the Metadata Card

The metadata card can be fully operated with your mouse (except for typing in values, of course), but there are also several ways for you to optimize the process of filling in the metadata by using your keyboard. The aim of this chapter is to make you even more proficient in using the metadata card, which is essentially one of the key components of the M-Files user interface.

First, you can use the Tab ↹ key to move from one property field to the next. You can also go back to the previous field by pressing ⇧ Shift + Tab ↹.

You can add and remove fields via the toolbar shown above the active field by using your mouse, but it might be faster to use the keyboard shortcuts: use Ctrl + I to add a new field, Ctrl + D to delete the selected field, or Ctrl + N to add a new value to the value list.

As a recap, here are the shortcuts that you can use on the metadata card:

Tab ↹ Move to the next property field.
⇧ Shift + Tab ↹ Move to the previous property field.
Ctrl + I Insert a new value field for a property.
Ctrl + D Delete the selected property field.
Ctrl + N Add a new value to the value list and set it as the property value.
/ Move between available property value options.
Ctrl + S Save metadata.

Selecting multiple items from a value list

You can select multiple items from a value list by opening the value list drop-down menu on the metadata card, and then performing either of the following actions:
  • If you want to select a range of items, hold down the Ctrl key and select the first item in the range of items that you want to add, and then hold down the ⇧ Shift key and select the last item in the range of items that you want to add.

  • If you want to select multiple individual items, hold down the Ctrl key while selecting multiple individual items from the value list.

Finally click Save on the metadata card to save your changes.