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    How many keyboard shortcuts have you memorized?
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    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)

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    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.
    Chris K.

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    How many keyboard shortcuts have you memorized?
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    I know so many for different applications that just thinking about counting them all makes me shudder, haha!

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    How many keyboard shortcuts have you memorized?
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    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!

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    How many keyboard shortcuts have you memorized?
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    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

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    Haha! That's funny.

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

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    How many keyboard shortcuts have you memorized?
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    Cmd+Opt+Esc (hahaha..not everyday)
    Cmd+Opt+Ej
    Ctrl+Cmd+Opt+Ej (only when I need to)
    Ctrl+Cmd+Ej (only when I need to...or feel like it)
    Cmd+Q
    Cmd+W
    Cmd+S
    Cmd+C
    Cmd+V
    Cmd+P

    And that's about it (I think).

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

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    How many keyboard shortcuts have you memorized?
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    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

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    How many keyboard shortcuts have you memorized?
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    Quote Originally Posted by iPod Nano View Post
    I don't know what half of those are, lol!

    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
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    How many keyboard shortcuts have you memorized?

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    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.

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    How many keyboard shortcuts have you memorized?
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    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.

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    How many keyboard shortcuts have you memorized?
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    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.

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    How many keyboard shortcuts have you memorized?
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    ctrl+option+command+8

    Am very sensitive to light.

    That's the limit of my shortcut knowledge.
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    How many keyboard shortcuts have you memorized?
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    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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