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How to use your Mac without a mouse

#1 User is offline   Macworld 

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Posted 04 March 2011 - 09:01 AM

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#2 User is offline   StevenFisher 

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  Posted 04 March 2011 - 09:06 AM

"Mastering more, along with other efficient ways to control your Mac without reaching for the mouse, will help you get your work done faster"

I'm one of the biggest keyboard junkies I know, but didn't Apple definitively prove this wrong years ago (despite what keyboard junkies like me thought)?
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  Posted 04 March 2011 - 09:17 AM

And don't forget the real power users' friends. Automator, Applescript, QuicKeys and other applications/utilities like it.

I am so much more productive since I studied Sal Soghoian's book Applescript 1-2-3 and after I started using QuicKeys very seriously. They've saved me hundreds of hours of manual labor over the past year.

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Posted 04 March 2011 - 09:33 AM

View PostMacworld, on 04 March 2011 - 09:01 AM, said:

Command-C, -V, and -P for Cut, Copy, and Paste


:huh: Is that a typo, or did you just have a brain-freeze and forget which commands are which, Lex? Because on my Macs, it's always been Command-X, -C, -V for Cut, Copy, and Paste... and Command-P for Print.
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  Posted 04 March 2011 - 09:36 AM

Command-C, -V, and -P for Cut, Copy, and Paste huh? Isn't that copy, paste and print? cut is command-x. Other than that, good article.
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Posted 04 March 2011 - 09:37 AM

View PostStevenFisher, on 04 March 2011 - 09:06 AM, said:

"Mastering more, along with other efficient ways to control your Mac without reaching for the mouse, will help you get your work done faster"

I'm one of the biggest keyboard junkies I know, but didn't Apple definitively prove this wrong years ago (despite what keyboard junkies like me thought)?



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I think the mouse made things easier - not necessarily quicker. And, it depends on what you are doing.
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  Posted 04 March 2011 - 09:39 AM

Launchbar and Textexpander are lifesavers for those with Carpal Tunnel problems too.

Keyboard shortcuts of any type are huge productivity aids. It will pay of in a big way if you examine your most used programs for these gems.
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  Posted 04 March 2011 - 09:43 AM

I'm still an infant Mac user at 2 years, and I'm still learning more. Some of the keyboard shortcuts are great, but I'm just too addicted to the Magic Trackpad. I can thank my former MacBook for that.
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  Posted 04 March 2011 - 09:51 AM

I blame Newborn Son Brain. The cut/copy/paste commands are now fixed. Thanks!

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  Posted 04 March 2011 - 09:51 AM

Apologies for the typo on the cut, copy, and paste keyboard commands. Fixed.
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  Posted 04 March 2011 - 09:58 AM

I've found the fastest computing comes from using the mouse and keyboard shortcuts in conjunction. Certainly navigating files in the finder is faster with a mouse.
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Posted 04 March 2011 - 09:59 AM

View PostLexFriedman, on 04 March 2011 - 09:51 AM, said:

I blame Newborn Son Brain. The cut/copy/paste commands are now fixed. Thanks!


Not quite. Paste is command-v. You still have command-p in there, which is for printing.

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  Posted 04 March 2011 - 10:02 AM

Is there a way to create a keyboard shortcut for fast user switching. Both users do not have passwords.
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Posted 04 March 2011 - 10:06 AM

This prompted me to look for this:

Mac OS X keyboard shortcuts

http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1343

A highly recommended read. The list seems to have grown (since whenever I checked years ago), so I may be able to stick to the keyboard a bit more as well. I've known my way around windows os without a mouse/critter; but can't say the same for OS X. With dialog boxes for instance, you always seem to have to use the mouse, to access the menu bar (ctrl-f2 actually), launch apps, etc. Maybe I was just missing out on full keyboard control (ctrl f1)?
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