# [OS X TeX] keyboard shortcut for starred version of environments

Murray Eisenberg murrayeisenberg at gmail.com
Mon Sep 19 20:53:09 EDT 2011

I know how to insert a \begin{align}...\end{align) pair in TeXShop LaTeX
source -- by typing "bal" and hitting Esc.

But...

1. How would one insert the starred form of an enviornment, e.g.,
\begin{align*}...\end{align*) ? I tried the obvious thing of typing
"bal*" (without any quotes) and hitting Esc, but plainly that doesn't work.

Two related questions:

2. Why does the auto-insertion of an environment such as
\begin{align}...\end{align) automatically insert a place-holder _after_
the end of the environment?  That makes not sense to me -- in fact, it's
an utter nuisance (whereas the placeholder inside the environment is at
worst a mild irritant in that one has to replace it).

3. Is there some shortcut so that if I type an entire \begin{cmd}
expression, then I can trigger a matching \end{cmd} after it?

That seems like such a natural thing to have -- you can quickly complete
_any_ environment with it, including one you yourself defined in the
preamble, without having to create some new macro just for that one
particular environment.

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