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What’s your favorite shortcut key?
« on: September 04, 2019, 12:09:58 am »
Inspired by today’s Computerphile video:

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What’s your favorite shortcut key?

I think mine is CMD + Space on a Mac, which opens Spotlight. I open almost everything through Spotlight, now.

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Re: What’s your favorite shortcut key?
« Reply #1 on: September 04, 2019, 12:30:52 am »
When Windows 95 first shipped, it came with a readme file that outlined the use of the Windows logo key, which was first included on standard PC keyboards at that time, and has been included on all since. As far as I know that file has never been included with any subsequent release, though the function of the key has not changed in all that time.

Win-M to Minimise all
Win-R to Run
Win-L to lock screen
Win-E to open File Explorer
Win-Up arrow to maximise window
Win-Down arrow to restore

There are a couple of others. These are my "favourite" shortcut keys, but if you're asking which I use most often, it's Ctrl-C and Ctrl-V, and all others are a distant second.
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Re: What’s your favorite shortcut key?
« Reply #2 on: September 04, 2019, 01:10:54 am »
 ctrl-Z is pretty universal at undoing something in an adobe program or online.

UPSRT in After Effects. The letter U expands your timeline to show all your keyframes which I think of as the "Uber" key.  P-position S-scale  R-rotation T-transparency  I hit those keys more than any other when animating

I think my favorite though is ctrl-shift-T: reopen a closed tab in my browser. I use that all the time.

Edit: Most used shortcuts "on set" other than the spacebar for playback are letters F for fullscreen, N for next video, and P for previous, all in VLC

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In many cases, if somebody turns on a TV in a scene, rather than actually turning the TV off and on I play a 10 second looping black video in a VLC playlist, when the actor turns on the TV or hits the remote I hit N on the keyboard for next video which switches from black to whatever they are supposed to be watching.  These days TVs have boot screens or other delays we don't have time to wait for. We cover the power light with a piece of tape, same with the logo.
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Re: What’s your favorite shortcut key?
« Reply #3 on: September 04, 2019, 05:10:44 am »
F2, redeal, for my Spider Solitaire game.
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Re: What’s your favorite shortcut key?
« Reply #4 on: September 04, 2019, 08:37:08 am »
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Re: What’s your favorite shortcut key?
« Reply #5 on: September 04, 2019, 08:37:52 am »
Control - F brings up a search bar,   lots of my job is digging through logs to see WTF and this makes that easier.

Alt f4   signs out of RDP or windows desktop. Be careful it also kills chrome so if you are using vsphere or a service like that in a browser and hit alt f4 thinking it logging you out, it shuts down the browser.




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Re: What’s your favorite shortcut key?
« Reply #6 on: September 04, 2019, 09:33:20 am »
Cnt-Z, Win-E, Cnt-W (to close tabs), Cnt-T (to open tab), Alt-F4 closes windows.


I use just the Windows key a lot.  If I want to open anything that's not File Explorer, I hit Windows and start typing.  Windows followed by "mstsc" launches RDC, "Linqpad" launches LinqPad etc.etc.
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Re: What’s your favorite shortcut key?
« Reply #7 on: September 04, 2019, 12:59:59 pm »
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Re: What’s your favorite shortcut key?
« Reply #8 on: September 04, 2019, 01:32:42 pm »
I use just the Windows key a lot.  If I want to open anything that's not File Explorer, I hit Windows and start typing.

That's the Windows equivalent of cmd+space on Mac. I use that, too, when managing our Windows servers.

Other most-used shortcut combinations for me include:

cmd+z/cmd+y : undo/redo
cmd+q : close app
ctrl+c : terminate a child process in BASH

Of course copy, paste, etc. that are too common-place to mention.

Alt-14

I used to have a number of alt- codes memorized for inserting unicode characters in Windows.  Alt-0176 was one of my most-used.  Now it's opt+shift+8 (opt+*) on my Mac.  I also use opt+a to add a macron over the next typed letter: ē.
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Re: What’s your favorite shortcut key?
« Reply #9 on: September 04, 2019, 01:35:21 pm »
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Re: What’s your favorite shortcut key?
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Re: What’s your favorite shortcut key?
« Reply #11 on: September 04, 2019, 03:40:27 pm »
Your owl is looking good, The Latinist.

Thanks.  I made some refinements, in particular getting everything parallel and consistently spaced. I've also switched to .svg for the icon file. I'm pretty fond of it.
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Re: What’s your favorite shortcut key?
« Reply #12 on: September 04, 2019, 04:23:53 pm »
Alt+tab and Ctrl+tab are my most common at work, most of my day is spent jumping between pages and systems.

I recently learned Win+I, which brings up settings, which is pretty handy since my laptop stops recognizing my 3rd monitor every time I un-dock it.

Shift+arrow keys or Home/end are incredibly useful for selecting text.

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Re: What’s your favorite shortcut key?
« Reply #13 on: September 04, 2019, 04:29:53 pm »
What happens when you hit Alt-Right?  :D

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Re: What’s your favorite shortcut key?
« Reply #14 on: September 04, 2019, 04:31:39 pm »
What happens when you hit Alt-Right?  :D
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