Clearing the Max window


    Peter Ostry's icon
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    Peter Ostry
    Mar 17 2010 | 3:38 am
    Is there a shortcut to clear the Max window? Didn't find such a thing in the manual.
    My mouse is tired traveling all the way to the second monitor just to click on the "Clear All" button.

    • Gregory Taylor's icon
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      Gregory Taylor
      Mar 17 2010 | 3:44 am
      Unless you *absolutely* require some kind of history dating back more than one line, have you considered using the message box with the newish right inlet in place of a print object? I'm just askin'.
    • Peter Ostry's icon
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      Peter Ostry
      Mar 17 2010 | 4:16 am
      No I need the Max window.
      If there is no key command or other method, can I open it as a floating window to keep it near my working area?
    • Jesse's icon
      Jesse's icon
      Mar 17 2010 | 8:08 am
      Command-` to bring the Max window into focus (may have repeat depending on the number of windows open) Command-a to select all Delete
    • kp*'s icon
      kp*'s icon
      Mar 17 2010 | 9:08 am
      Jesse that is super. Thanks for that. I still would really love it if there was a message or button to clear the max window from within a patch or a single key stroke shortcut. I am sure some folks are mystified by this request but i have wished for such a thing since i first used max. I also dislike when 3rd party externals spew tons of junk in the max window. I hate a cluttered max window. Now all you grumbly old max vets can tell me i am insane and call me names and scratch your chins over why anyone wants this behavior. I don't care. I am not interested in defending my position. It's how i feel.
    • mattias petersson's icon
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      mattias petersson
      Mar 17 2010 | 9:27 am
      No, you're not insane. I definitely agree that a key command for clearing the Max window would be very useful. Cluttered Max windows are really ugly...
    • Peter Ostry's icon
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      Peter Ostry
      Mar 17 2010 | 9:51 am
      The "next window" shortcut isn't short for me. On a German keyboard and a couple of windows open I have to press cmd-shift-` several times, then cmd-a and delete. If I miss the Max window I go one more round.
    • Chris Muir's icon
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      Chris Muir
      Mar 17 2010 | 11:08 am
      I don't know about that other platform, but on a Mac it's three key combos: Cmd-M Cmd-A Delete
    • goodparleyandorfing's icon
      goodparleyandorfing's icon
      Mar 17 2010 | 11:13 am
      Hi, have you tried this? If it works on max5 (I haven't tried it) then you could just hook it up to [key] > [select] voila!
      ps i agree there should be a 'in-house' shortcut tho..
    • Luke Hall's icon
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      Luke Hall
      Mar 17 2010 | 11:15 am
      If you have [shell] then you can use applescript on a mac.
      Max Patcher
      In Max, select New From Clipboard.
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    • Peter Ostry's icon
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      Peter Ostry
      Mar 17 2010 | 6:40 pm
      @goodparleyandorfing [mwc_bu] does not work here with Max5, OSX 10.5.8. It scrolls the Max window down and says "ok" but nothing gets erased.
      @Luke Hall Shell/AppleScript is quite a big gun for a single button but however, couldn't try it because I don't know how to install the shell thingy.
      Thanks for the suggestions, I think I will stick to the mouse or the three key commands (select Max window, select all, delete).
    • goodparleyandorfing's icon
      goodparleyandorfing's icon
      Mar 17 2010 | 7:16 pm
      Perhaps this is what you tried, but just in case it isn't; there's an intel build of that external if you follow the link from max-objects to the guys own site. haven't tried either myself, so no promises etc..
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      Peter Ostry
      Mar 18 2010 | 3:46 am
      Yes I tried the Intel version. The database says "Max 4.6/4.5" maybe this is the cause. So far I remember the Max window was changed in Max 5.
    • Andrew Pask's icon
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      Andrew Pask
      Mar 18 2010 | 4:51 am
      If you're willing to spend a bit of time hacking maxinterface.json you can get a little closer. You can create a keyboard shortcut for clearing the max window if the max window has focus.
    • charles spencer's icon
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      charles spencer
      Nov 24 2022 | 9:23 am
      Is there a simple way to do this in 2022?
    • Source Audio's icon
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      Source Audio
      Nov 24 2022 | 9:55 am
      has been posted many times, and anyway in documenation controlling max with messages ...