Mental Auto-Complete and Shortcuts

Comments 10 by Rebecca Bollwitt

I sometimes find that my fingers go faster on he keyboard than my brain can spew out thoughts. I’m often auto-completing words that begin the same as a frequently typed word I’m thinking about, but in the end – they end up as typos. Example: Chick Flick becomes Chick Flickr, Dance becomes Duane. Such a thing could make for an amusing post, if left unaltered.

On a similar note, I sat down at my mother’s PC the other day and realized that over the last year my fingers had been completely retrained to use Macs. I would normally place them a certain way to open another tab in Firefox, however my left ring finger now had to extend a little further to press the CTRL button, with the “T” following it. If this isn’t the proper finger positioning per grade school keyboarding, I have no excuse aside from the fact that I taught myself to type expediently before such a class was taken.

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Indulge my geekiness here while I share my top five basic/fave keyboard shortcuts that are conducive to speedy computing:

  • Command (open Apple) + T: Opens a new browsing tab in Firefox or Safari
  • Command + 2: Automatically inserts the “@” when replying to someone on Twitter, using Twitterific
  • Ctrl + A: When composing a blog post in WordPress it pops up the link box for easy pasting of a link (not working with F3B3)
  • Command + Shift + T: Re-opens a recently closed browser tab (thanks to Tod for showing me this at BarCamp)
  • Command + C or X or V: Copy, Cut or Paste. It may seem simple but man, it makes life easier
  • Command + Z: Undo. Need I say more about the importance of Undo?
  • Function + Delete: Backspace… in reverse
  • Okay, that was more than five, but feel free to share if you have any of your own – for Mac or PC.

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    10 Comments  —  Comments Are Closed

    1. RaulMonday, March 10th, 2008 — 4:58pm PDT

      I *heart* Ctrl + Z! It has helped me save LOTS of papers 😀

    2. PatZMonday, March 10th, 2008 — 5:18pm PDT

      hahah I’ve started to notice the slip ups on PC keyboards ow too…ie this morning in class when I was getting annoyed about none of my keystrokes working and only then remembered I was using windows.
      Also, the close buttons being on the opposite side of the window is starting to bug me.

      – Command+S, best friend for taking/saving notes in class.
      – Command+Arrow keys, Spaces shortcuts how I heart thee.
      – Command+N, ever so helpful when rocking the dual monitors while working on papers.
      – Command+M, helpful to make sure the prof does not see that you’re only half paying attention.

      I never knew that one about reopening the browser window, that’ll help keep track of far too many google scholar windows i hope.

    3. phaedraMonday, March 10th, 2008 — 5:57pm PDT

      I need a Mac….

    4. CandiceMonday, March 10th, 2008 — 7:05pm PDT

      awesome! you just made my day with the function + delete command
      I LOVE IT
      i was SO frustrated with my mac when i discovered where was no backspace button…. awesome!

      Thanks for the tips!

    5. Chris MagnussonMonday, March 10th, 2008 — 7:54pm PDT

      On Windows: Ctrl+A, backspace: undo everything :p

      Seriously, though: Ctrl+Y: redo. Useful if you hit Ctrl+Z one too many times. I assume this also works with Command+Y but cannot test it as I have no Mac. 🙁

    6. Miss604Monday, March 10th, 2008 — 7:58pm PDT

      @Chris – yep command + y is “redo” on a Mac

    7. nancy (aka money coach)Monday, March 10th, 2008 — 8:55pm PDT

      this is so perfect! I started a new job today, and was given a pc laptop. I was at a complete loss most of the day – fumble fingers. How refreshing to come home to my mac plus all these mac tips!

    8. Derek K. MillerMonday, March 10th, 2008 — 11:25pm PDT

      Mac keyboards have changed over the years too, but I do wish that on PCs the Control key was where the Caps Lock key usually is — that’s the old-school computing way, and makes more sense given how little people use Caps Lock these days.

      I type pretty fast, but never took typing in school, so my technique is a mess. My right hand roams, and covers about 2/3 of the keys (over to T, G, and B), while my left hand stays still and covers the rest. Space is always the right thumb. But it works.

    9. DuaneTuesday, March 11th, 2008 — 9:54am PDT

      What’s funny is if you were to use a PC again, you’d probably transparently readjust. At least, that’s what I find myself doing at work. I make the odd mistake, but I somehow do things differently without even thinking about it.


    10. warrenWednesday, March 19th, 2008 — 3:52pm PDT

      type in the website you wanna view in IE and hit CRTL-Enter. voila the http://www… magically appears. only works w/ .com though

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