What do Windows PC users have more of than Mac users? OK, besides viruses and spyware? Keyboard shortcuts.
It seems that every Windows PC application has plenty of keyboard shortcuts to do this or that. Mac users are simply point and click users, while Windows is all business and users prefer the keyboard. Guess what? Mac apps have plenty of keyboard shortcuts and here’s how to find them.
The Easy Way To Find Keyboard Shortcuts
Keyboard shortcuts in Windows apps can’t be much easier to find. Click any menu and you’ll see the key stroke combination to invoke a particular function. Mac apps have them, too, but not as many, and not as easy to find.
Enter KeyCue, the little Mac app that brings up all your keyboard shortcuts on cue.
The problem most of us have with keyboard shortcuts is remembering what they are and what they do. The basics for cut, copy, paste, quit, and print are easy enough, right? What about all the others?
KeyCue gives you a pop up cue card for each Mac app with keyboard shortcuts. Simply bring up KeyCue and use the keyboard to select a function you need, and you’re done.
The example above shows you all of the Mac’s system wide keyboard shortcuts. Plenty, right?
Setting up KeyCue is easy. Once installed simply select the KeyCue Settings. KeyCue has themes which customize the appearance of the keyboard shortcut table. You can control KeyCue’s menu and sub-menu titles and define the modifier key to invoke KeyCue.
What’s the benefit of a keyboard shortcut? You save time. No longer do you have to stop typing, reach for the mouse, move the mouse, find a menu, click and scroll to a menu selection, then click to invoke the function.
Keyboard shortcuts make it a simple keyboard operation which is easier, faster, more efficient.
What’s difficult is remembering the different keystrokes in each app. That’s where KeyCue helps. It gives you a list of keyboard shortcuts and you can select one by using the keyboard and arrow keys—not the mouse.
There is one problem with all this attention on productivity and efficiency. Once you start, it’s not easy to stop. KeyCue gets you started. From there, you could move to Keyboard Maestro, which is a macro app. It’s like a recorder for your keystrokes.
Or, try another Mac keyboard pleasure—QuicKeys 4, which lets you automate specific tasks, including abbreviations, shortcuts, and more. Both QuicKeys and Keyboard Maestro work with KeyCue’s cues.
Beware. All these tools can be addictive and improve your efficiency, which might get you more work for the same pay.