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    [SOLVED] Time saving tips: keyboard shortcuts

    Afternoon everyone,

    I've always been a fan of using keyboard shortcuts as a way of efficiently controlling a computer, but recently a mac using pal of mine impressed me so much with his mouse-less manipulation skills it prompted me to re-evaluate where I could be more knowledgeable in this area.

    here's a list of shortcuts I now have in my armoury (about half of them recently acquired). please add to the list if you have any good ones I've missed. :

    (Windows)

    winkey-d for show desktop
    winkey-r for run menu
    winkey-e for file explorer
    alt-space-m to minimize window
    alt-space-x to maximize window


    (Linux - should work ok on gnome and kde)

    ctrl-alt-d for show desktop
    alt-f9 for minimize window
    alt-f10 for maximize window
    alt-f2 for program launcher. combine with: xterm, konsole etc your favourite apps


    (Firefox)

    alt-d to go to address bar
    ctrl-tab - to tab through tabs (left to right)
    ctrl-shift-tab to tab through tabs (right to left)
    ctrl-t to open a new tab
    ctrl-w to close a single tab
    f11 to full screen a web page (no address bar etc)
    / to quick search for a word. tip: I use this to navigate to links. press enter then to go to link
    F5 to refresh page
    alt-right (or left) to navigate back or forward pages
    ctrl-d to bookmark a page
    ctrl-b to bring up a side bar allowing you to search bookmarks
    ctrl-h to bring up a side bar allowing you to search history

    (any)

    alt-f4 to close a window
    ctrl c to copy text
    ctrl v to paste text
    ctrl x to cut text
    (when in file browser or on desktop) press a-z keys to shortcut down to file names beginning with relevant letter.
    alt combined a-z brings up a window menu item. For example alt-f brings up the file menu, alt-e brings up the edit menu. You can then tap a-z again to access a sub menu. Eg. alt-f, then "P" to print
    ctrl-p to print



    Also a great time saver a friend introduced me to a while back: yubnub.org.

    You alter your keyword.url property in the about:config menu in ff to:

    http://yubnub.org/parser/parse?command=

    Then with that in place, you can search all your favorite sites using short commands in your url bar. eg:

    az abook ---> will search for "abook" on amazon
    wkp something ---> will search for "something" on wikipedia
    gim cars ----> will search google images for cars

    a few more commands: (g = google, px = proxify, define = online dictionary, alc = japanese <> english dictionary, yt = you tube. )


    Anyway, those are my time saving tips of the day. Please post if you have any good ones.
    Last edited by dash86no; November 15th, 2008 at 12:09 AM. Reason: fixed ctrl v = paste text

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    Re: Time saving tips: keyboard shortcuts

    Just a little request, can you please mark this thread as [solved] so that people (like me) trying to help don't come here? Thanks
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    Re: Time saving tips: keyboard shortcuts

    gnome-do

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    Re: Time saving tips: keyboard shortcuts

    Quote Originally Posted by talsemgeest View Post
    Just a little request, can you please mark this thread as [solved] so that people (like me) trying to help don't come here? Thanks
    done

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    Re: Time saving tips: keyboard shortcuts

    Quote Originally Posted by dash86no View Post
    done
    Thanks.
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    Re: [SOLVED] Time saving tips: keyboard shortcuts

    Quote Originally Posted by dash86no View Post
    ctrl p to paste text
    but isn't ctrl + P print?

    Ctrl V or shift insert is paste

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    Re: [SOLVED] Time saving tips: keyboard shortcuts

    Quote Originally Posted by SuperSonic4 View Post
    but isn't ctrl + P print?

    Ctrl V or shift insert is paste
    yeh you're right, sorry about that.

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    Re: [SOLVED] Time saving tips: keyboard shortcuts

    Quote Originally Posted by dash86no View Post
    ctrl-b to bring up a side bar allowing you to search bookmarks
    If you install this:

    https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/8007

    ... add-on, then it is possible to access your bookmarks directly from full screen mode with:

    context menu-up

    ... instead of F11, alt-b, F11.

    Why alt-b is unavailable in full screen I do not know.

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