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FasterPussyCat 11-23-2009 10:28 PM

I have a pdf with 7 and a half pages of keyboard shortcuts, that doesn't include specific applications (or custom, obviously).

I'd like to memorize all 7 and half pages. This got to thinkin. Has this been achieved, how did you do it.

Or, back in average society, about how many do you think you have memorized?

Oh, I should start. As of now I'm at about 10 ;)

Is there a standard when it comes to shortcuts? Is there a number certain individuals, based on skill level should know?

If there is no rule of thumb, may I suggest that one should know at least as many as their age :-) (I have 21 to go)

iPod Nano 11-23-2009 10:36 PM

Most of them are my own programmed shortcuts:
- Apl+c
- Apl+v
- Apl+r (right justify)
- Apl +l (left justify)
- Apl +Space (play/pause iTunes)
- Apl +Left Arrow (skip previous iTunes)
- Apl +Right Arrow (skip previous iTunes)
- Apl+Up Arrow (Raise volume iTunes)
- Apl+Dwn Arrow (Lower Volume iTunes)
- Apl+E (center text)
- Apl+N
- Apl+P
- Apl+S
- Apl+F (find in Firefox)

All in all about 14 off the top of my head.

cuhnool 11-23-2009 10:37 PM

I know so many for different applications that just thinking about counting them all makes me shudder, haha!

mdfuller 11-23-2009 10:39 PM

These are the ones I use every single day:

command + tab
command + x,c,v
command + shift 3,4

I am not much of a shortcut guy!

FasterPussyCat 11-23-2009 10:41 PM

Lets refine this.

As a rule of thumb. One should know at least as many as their age up to 50.
After that, additional shortcut memory should take into account years spent on a computer (15 per year) and skill level: Min 10 for those considered computer illiterate (of all ages And years spent on a computer doesn't count), for intermediate users it is age + years on computer , for advanced users it is age + years on computer + 45, any thing above that is bonus.

So, by that logic, I should know 31(age) + 135 (9 years on computer * 15) = 166

Only about 156 left to go. Is there any chance this rule of thumb will catch on?

Feel free to add on/refine the rule yourself - its opensource

iPod Nano 11-23-2009 10:58 PM

Haha! That's funny.

How about this:
Everyone memorizes as many shortcuts that they need to and do whatever makes sense for them!

Chris H. 11-23-2009 11:20 PM

Cmd+Opt+Esc (hahaha..not everyday)
Ctrl+Cmd+Opt+Ej (only when I need to)
Ctrl+Cmd+Ej (only when I need to...or feel like it)

And that's about it (I think).

Gotta love the customizability of the Apple Mac OS X system!

iPod Nano 11-23-2009 11:31 PM

I don't know what half of those are, lol!

FasterPussyCat 11-23-2009 11:55 PM

I 'd like a shortcut to open a specific document, maybe based on date, or author, or first letter of file name...I suppose that would be more of a query

Edit: Command+O+F opens search in finder, guess that works

Chris H. 11-24-2009 12:43 AM


Originally Posted by iPod Nano (Post 949434)
I don't know what half of those are, lol!


Cmd+Opt+Esc: force quits a program
Cmd+Opt+Ej: Sleep
Ctrl+Cmd+Opt+Ej: Shutdown
Ctrl+Cmd+Ej: Restart
Cmd+Q: Quit the current front application
Cmd+W: Close the window
Cmd+S: Save
Cmd+C: Copy
Cmd+V: Paste
Cmd+P: Print

DarkestRitual 11-24-2009 01:16 AM

I couldn't even tell you how many I know. They're engrained into my brain as second nature...

cmd a, cmd q, cmd w, cmd h, cmd opt h, cmd f, cmd x/c/v, cmd t (tab in safari), cmd opt esc, cmd space, cmd o, cmd tab... in finder: cmd shift g, cmd shift c, cmd shift h, cmd shift a, cmd shift d, cmd shift o, cmd shift k, cmd shift u, cmd k...

then my own programmed shortcuts through quicksilver... speaking of quicksilver, control space to open the bezel...

soooo so many. That was probably a tenth of what I know.

FasterPussyCat 11-24-2009 02:10 AM

Okay, sorry about trying to create a 'standard', I took a class on memory last year. I guess it seemed like an occasion to use what I learned (systematic studies and what not), I did originally start this thread for fun. Sorry to be a bummer.

It is interesting getting a sample of who uses shortcuts and who doesn't. But now that I think of it, I know people who have been in IT for decades who probably don't know for than a dozen or two.

Collin Bl 11-24-2009 03:29 AM

Here some i use often

Put to sleep = ⌘ / ⌥ / ⏏

When cursor between transposed letters = ⌃ / t

Dictionary Def = Move cursor over word and ⌘ / ⌃ / d

To remove vertical lines from email being forwarded;
Highlight all = ⌘ / a
then = ⌘ / ⌥ / ' once for each line to be removed

Highlight any text in a Doc
then = ⌘ / ⇧ / y will put it into a Stickie on the Desktop - does not seem to work in Mail on Leopard.

bobtomay 11-24-2009 06:22 AM


Am very sensitive to light.

That's the limit of my shortcut knowledge.

Kevriano 11-24-2009 06:31 AM

command + a
command + c
command + p
command + i

That's all I use. Can't be bothered to learn more, these are the most useful to me.

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