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How to Interact with the WPF Scheduler Using a Keyboard

How to Interact with the WPF Scheduler Using a Keyboard

The Syncfusion WPF Scheduler control is used to schedule and manage appointments through an intuitive user interface, similar to the Outlook Calendar. Its rich feature set includes different view modes, recurring events, resource grouping, load-on-demand, localization, and more. In addition to these versatile features, we have enhanced its keyboard support to provide user-friendly interaction in the 2021 Volume 2 release.

In this blog post, we will see how to interact with the WPF Scheduler elements using keyboard support. You can easily select the calendar cell date, time, and appointments; create or edit appointments; switch to different views with the keyboard keys, and use the app without a mouse.

Note: If you are new to our WPF Scheduler control, then please read the Getting Started with WPF Scheduler documentation before proceeding.

Cell selection

The WPF Scheduler supports keyboard interactions to select a scheduler cell date or time, create appointments, or move to a date or time. The selection shortcut keys and their actions are listed in the following table.

Day, week, and workweek views

Navigation shortcut key

 

Description

 

Right arrowMove the selection to the same time slot on the next day.
Left arrowMove the selection to the same time slot on the previous day.
Down arrowMove selection to the next cell directly below the currently selected time slot.
Up arrowMove selection to the next cell directly above the currently selected time slot.

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Interacting with the Day, Week, and Workweek Views in WPF Scheduler Using Keyboard
Interacting with the Day, Week, and Workweek Views in WPF Scheduler Using Keyboard

Timeline views

Navigation shortcut keyDescription
Right arrowMove the selection to the next time slot from the currently selected time slot.
Left arrowMove the selection to the previous time slot from the currently selected time slot.

Refer to the following .gif image.

Interacting with Timeline Views in WPF Scheduler Using Keyboard
Interacting with Timeline Views in WPF Scheduler Using Keyboard

Month view

Navigation shortcut keyDescription
Right arrowMove the selection to the next date from the currently selected date.
Left arrowMove the selection to the previous date from the currently selected date.
Down arrowMove the selection to the next date directly below the currently selected date.
Up arrowMove the selection to the next date directly above the currently selected date.

Refer to the following .gif image.

Interacting with Month View in the WPF Scheduler Using Keyboard
Interacting with Month View in the WPF Scheduler Using Keyboard

Selecting and editing appointments

You can easily select and edit the Scheduler’s appointments using the following keys.

Navigation shortcut keyDescription
TabMove selection to the next appointment from the currently selected appointment or selected date-time.
Shift + TabMove selection to the previous appointment from the currently selected appointment or selected date-time.
DeleteDelete the selected appointment.
EnterAdd or edit the appointments.

Appointment editor window

Also, you can interact with the WPF Scheduler’s built-in appointment editor using the keyboard once the editor window is focused.

Navigation shortcut keyDescription
TabMove the selection to the next editor in the Scheduler’s built-in appointment editor window.
Shift + TabMove the selection to the previous editor in the Scheduler’s built-in appointment editor window.
EnterSave the appointment.
EscClose the appointment editor window.

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Interacting with the Appointment Editor Window in WPF Scheduler using Keyboard
Interacting with the Appointment Editor Window in WPF Scheduler Using Keyboard

Appointment reminder alert window

The keyboard interaction keys for the WPF Scheduler’s built-in appointment reminder alert window are as follows.

Navigation shortcut keyDescription
TabMove to the next reminder in the Scheduler’s built-in appointment reminder alert window.
Shift + TabMove to the previous reminder in the Scheduler’s built-in appointment reminder alert window.
Enter while Dismiss icon is focusedDismiss the selected appointment reminder.
Up arrow while Snooze combo box is focusedChoose the snooze time for the selected appointment reminder.
Enter while Dismiss All button is focusedDismiss all the appointment reminders.
EscClose the appointment reminder alert window.

View switching

You can easily switch to the different views in the WPF Scheduler using the following shortcut keys.

Navigation shortcut keyDescription
Ctrl + Alt + 1Day view.
Ctrl + Alt + 2Week view.
Ctrl + Alt + 3Workweek view.
Ctrl + Alt + 4Month view.
Ctrl + Alt + 5Timeline day view.
Ctrl + Alt + 6Timeline week view.
Ctrl + Alt + 7Timeline workweek view.
Ctrl + Alt + 8Timeline month view.

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View Switching Using Keyboard Interaction in WPF Scheduler
View Switching Using Keyboard Interaction in WPF Scheduler

Conclusion

In this blog post, we’ve seen the details of all the available keyboard interaction features in the WPF Scheduler control. With these features, you can use the Scheduler through a keyboard without the need for a mouse. Try out the keys mentioned in this blog post and enjoy hassle-free interactions!

Also, feel free to try out our WPF Scheduler’s GitHub demos and documentation and share your feedback or questions in the comments section of this blog post.

For existing customers, the new version of the WPF Scheduler is available for download from the License and Downloads page. If you are not yet a Syncfusion customer, you can try our 30-day free trial to check out our available features.

You can also contact us through our support forumDirect-Trac, or feedback portal. We are always happy to assist you!

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