keyboard shortcuts (was: WordPerfect for DOS on Mac OS X)
- Chad, I couldn't agree more with your comments. I use, and customize,
keyboard shortcuts a lot, and not only in WP, though WP lends itself to
this exceptionally well.
I think John R. mentioned a few years ago that someone challenged his
ability to recall all of the keyboard commands he had created or
modified. I forget some of mine, though the ones that I use regularly
are of course easy to remember. I maintain a ClarisWorks (4.0v6)
spreadsheet with all my WP keystrokes, the built-in ones as well as my own.
> There is something geek-chic about those old retro WordPerfect ShortcutI keep that keyboard template over the function keys on my MacBook Pro
> template grids that fit over your F-Keys row. Back when keyboard were huge,
> clunky, and clicky.
whenever using WP.
> The F-keys areIn System Preferences I keep the box checked that lets me use the F1
> rarely used as F-keys anymore. Which is why on many keyboards, including
> all Macs that I'm aware of, they are half-sized keys and default to things
> like raise and lower the brightness, fast-forward, play, rewind, etc. - and
> you actually have to hit the "fn" key to make them behave like F# keys. For
> some of those old WP commands, you might end up having to hold down 3 or 4
thru F12 keys as standard function keys. This allows all the WP
function-key mappings to work, and allows function keys to work in other
apps, including some OSX ones, as well as in WinXP which I run in
Parallels when I need it (which fortunately is not very often). To use
the F-keys to change the volume, screen brightness, etc., I press the Fn
key first. Works.
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> I think John R. mentioned a few years ago that someone challenged hisNo actual such challenge. I was just (or am, in Tips & Macros) recommending grouping keystroke assignments by function, as well as using easy-to-remember letters like cmd-P. For instance, I use command-option plus letter for display commands: cmd-opt-w to show/hide white space; cmd-opt-c to show/hide codes; cmd-opt-p to show/hide paragraph marks.
> ability to recall all of the keyboard commands he had created or
This setup is helped by WP's gold key -- another two modifiers like command or option. I use those for formatting commands: gold-c centers the current line only; gold-gold-c centers every line in the paragraph. Surprising how many keystrokes you remember by grouping plus mnemonics.