Anyone who has received assistive technology tutoring from any of NeuroKnowHow tutors, or know that we strongly advocate the use of keyboard shortcuts. Whether you are a Windows PC user on Apple Mac user, keyboard shortcuts help you to save time and also reduced the risk of developing RSI (repetitive strain injury), and carpal tunnel syndrome; both of which are disabilities in our own right and can make the use of a computer unbearable as well as other day-to-day activities.
All NeuroKnowHow clients are provided with our PDF toolkit which includes a visual guide and tool for learning keyboard shortcuts for both operating systems. The idea is that they are printed up and placed in front of you where you use your computer, preferably on the wall and not on the person’s forehead who may sit opposite you. So all depends on where your computer is placed.
Depending on how many software packages at use there are myriad of keyboard shortcuts that you could learn. A Swedish developer has created a Cheatsheet app for learning Apple Keyboard Short-Cuts for the Mac OS X 10.7 and above that allows you to view all the available keyboard shortcuts for the current application that you are using at a click of a button.
After downloading the app, load it up, and it will appear in you dock.
To get the most out of the Cheatsheet app, it should be set, to open up at login. This can be done as the animated gif image below illustrates.
- Hold down mouse click on icon
- A bubble will appear (as illustrated)
- Move across the options and select “open at login”
It is a really easy way of learning Apple Keyboard Shortcuts and the list of shortcuts change depending on which window you have active or document you are working on.
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