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Keyboard Shortcuts and Productivity

I couldn't agree more with Joe Weaks when he asserts that "the real key to fluent productivity at your computer is to work towards never taking your hands off the keyboard."

These words, of course, are written in the context of Apple computers and Mac OS X, but I was immediately reminded of how true this is for me when I am in front of my computers (any of them), using Bible software (of any kind). It may be because I learned to type when I was a teenager, or perhaps because I was pretty adept at working with MS-DOS. Whatever the reason, I get much less tired and I do a lot more -- and a lot faster! -- when I don't have to take my hands off the keyboard every so often and start using the mouse. Come to think of it, one of the features I really like in a Bible software application is the ability to search and jump from one place to another by simply using some handy shortcuts.

Naturally, I know a number of people who feel just the opposite. But the beauty of keyboard shortcuts is that you are not forced to use them, and besides they never get in the way. So I appreciate it when software developers not only pay attention to drag and drop, context menus, and the like, but also to good old keyboard shortcuts. And my wrist appreciates it too!


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