Google Wave Search Commands Tips and Tricks

Monday, October 12, 2009 Leave a Comment

A big part of navigating through your Google Wave inbox are the search commands. They help you find public waves, your archived messages, or just waves related to work. Here are some of the most important commands to keep in mind while working on your Google Wave:

1) is:read and is:unread: This will help you find all of the waves you have or have not read. is:active is the same as is:unreadcurrently.
2) is:mute and is:unmute: The same type of deal – This helps you find conversations you may have muted or unmuted.
3) title:(keyword): This command helps you find waves with a specific word in their titles.
4) caption:(keyword): This helps you find waves with a keyword in the captions of attached images and files.
5) from:(address): This command will help you find waves from specific people. On the same token, from:me finds waves from you. to:(address) finds waves where it’s just you and the person you’re searching for.
6) past:(date), previous:(date), after:(date), and before:(date):These four commands help you search for waves in time periods, based on days, weeks, months, and years. Use “d” for day, “w” for week, “m” for month, and “y” for year. So, if you want to find something from before 3 months ago, you’d type “before:3m”. Yes, it’s complicated.
7) has: The has command will search for whether a wave has an attachment, a document, an image, or even a gadget (has:gadget).
There are actually a lot more commands. To read them all, you need to check out Google Wave’s advanced search terms list.

Wave Navigation:
There are an abundance of keyboard shortcuts that make using Google Wave a more streamlined experience. Thanks to a list first created by Google’s Greg Dalesandre in the development version of Google Wave, we can bring you a full list of keyboard shortcuts, which we’ll update periodically.

First, here are the commands for Wave Navigation:
1) Up/Down Arrows: As you might expect, use the arrows to navigate messages.
2) Tab/Shift-tab: Same functionality as the Up/Down arrows (outside of edit mode).
3) Home/End: Moves you to the first or last message.
4) Space: Go to next unread message (note: it doesn’t have to be within the same wave).
5) Left/Right Arrows: Switch focus between digest panel and wave panel.
6) Page Up/Down: Currently doesn’t work properly due to a bug.
7) Ctrl-Space: Marks all messages as read.

Messages in Wave:
1) Enter: Replies to messages. Your reply will appear just below the selected message. If it’s the first reply, it will not be indented (but otherwise it will be).
2) Ctrl-R: The same as enter.
3) Shift-Enter: Replies to messages at the end of a thread. Replies of this nature appear at the bottom with the same indentation in almost all cases.
4) Highlight Text + Enter: Creates an inline reply. Your reply will be indented inside the current message.
5) Ctrl-E: Edit a message.
6) Ctrl-Enter (while editing): Inserts an inline reply at the caret.

Text Editing:
None of these commands will really come as a shock, but they’re still good to know.
1) Ctrl-B: Bolds text.
2) Ctrl-I: Italicizes text.
3) Ctrl-G: Adjust the color.
4) Ctrl-L: Currently links to another wave if you hightlight the text and put in the URL or Wave ID, but the keyboard shortcut will be changing soon according to Google.
5) Ctrl-C: Copies text.
6) Ctrl-X: Cuts text.
7) Ctrl-V: Pastes text.

Structural Formatting:
Once again, not too many surprises here:
1) Ctrl-<#>: Changes the current line to a different-sized heading – 1 is biggest, 4 is smallest.
2) Ctrl-5: Adds bullets.
3) Ctrl-6: Normalizes text/removes bullets and headings. Does not remove italics, bold, or text edits.
4) Ctrl-7: Left alignment.
5) Ctrl-8: Right alignment.

Text Editing and Structural Formatting commands are the ones which we deal with often in our day-to-day life here. So, if you can remember the Wave navigation commands you can speed up your conversations on wave making the work much easier for you !


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