key combinations that allow quick access to certain functionality, often used for power users or command line interfaces.

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Patterns for keyboard accessible drop down lists

Are there any standard keyboard shortcuts for making drop down lists appear? (in any kind of software, not just web based.) I'm going to write some JavaScript to make the drop down lists (select and ...
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Best Practices for Hotkeys / Accelerators

In one of our web products we have ‘hot keys’ to allow a customer service rep to maneuver quickly to a specific function without using the mouse. We have a series of tabs in the customer screen which ...
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Keyboard shortcut for validating a field

I'm designing a web application where the user have to go through a lots of already fillec text fields (~50 a page, could be lots of pages) and must correct some of them and mark the other as "OK". ...
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Why most websites don't use keyboard shortcuts?

I was wondering that why websites don't use keyboard shortcuts as often as desktop software tends to. I really like keyboard shortcuts in software, they makes me work more efficiently. But why don't ...
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Alt key shortcuts anymore?

Do standard users use Alt key shortcuts for controls such as buttons anymore? eg. an OK button could have a shortcut of Alt-K which would be the same as pressing it. Any control on a form or window ...
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Why doesn't the Mac OSX finder have a Cut option? [closed]

I observed that MacOSX finder does not have a Cut option (or shortcut Command+X) to move the contents. Is there a reason for removing this option? Does it improve usability in any way?
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Keyboard shortcut design methodology (for keyboard and touch screen)

What sort of methodologies should I employ to choose which letters and shifting keys to assign to different functions? Is underlining the accelerator letter the best practice, or should I spell out ...
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Emerging conventions for keyboard shortcuts within web applications

Scott Hanselman recently wrote an article titled "The Web is the new Terminal: Are you using the Web's Keyboard Shortcuts and Hotkeys" in which he notes emerging conventions on major sites (Gmail, ...
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Dialogue Box supposed to be closed by default with the [ESC] key?

I started working for a software company, and while using the software we produce, I noticed that the dialogue boxes that we pop-up aren't closed with the [ESC] button. I'm assuming this would be the ...
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Starting Instant Search as you type

This is something I've implemented in a Game Library application, the ability to type a letter or a number and have the search box go instantly into focus and search through your library as you type. ...
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Can you see a good reason to remove the plus sign in Google Chrome's create tab button?

I am talking about this button: The plus sign that used to be on that button has been removed in recent versions. I am very intrigued as to why they might have found it convenient. I'm a ...
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Is there any research into the cost of switching between using a keyboard and a mouse?

My intuition and own experience tells me keyboard shortcut keys can be faster than using the mouse. However, some tasks like browsing the internet or a folder hierarchy truly benefit from using a ...
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How to provide keyboard navigation in editable table that includes drop downs?

I'm designing a business application. When the user enters the main data entity in the application part of the form is tabular. Since some of the users will have an intensive usage of this ...
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Conventional keyboard modifier for expanding/collapsing hierarchical tree view

I have a large tree view where users will often want to fully expand or collapse a particular tree. I'm providing a context menu with both of these choices, but I'd also like to allow the user to hold ...
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Shortcut for “Mute”

Is there some sort of accepted keyboard shortcut to mute the sound of a piece of software? I'm mostly interested in Windows, but an answer for Mac would also be appreciated. I was thinking maybe Ctrl ...
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For programmers, what's the most intuitive keyboard shortcut for switching between programming logic and unit tests?

I'm developing a browser-based application for programming and unit-testing. What's the best keyboard shortcut to switch between the programming pane and the unit-testing pane? Ctrl+T would seem good ...
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Customizable Menu Shortcuts [closed]

I need to write a UI so users can edit the default menu shortcuts. All the UIs I know that do this are terrible. Is there an example of an elegant solution for this? I don't want my users to have to ...
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What function keys can be safely used for a web app?

I'm creating a small web app and I want to be able to toggle it on and off via a keyboard shortcut. I would like to use one of the function keys (F1–F12). I'm planning on overriding F4, F8 or ...
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Keyboard shortcut for “Submit form”

I use a form maybe 100 times a day. I can tab between the fields with no problem but most of the time I don't have to fill out the entire form and would like to submit it without having to touch the ...
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Good example of a Keyboard Shortcut Manager implementation [closed]

I am implementing a keyboard shortcut manager in which the user can assign shortcut keys to global (or contextual) commands in a Windows desktop application. Note that the application has load of ...
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What is the best way to get users to discover and learn keyboard shortcuts

In a mouse driven desktop application, with a ribbon style interface and which has no menubar, what is the best way for users to learn about the shortcuts and accelerators which can help a user work ...
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Accesskeys for enterprise web apps / SaaS - worth it?

(Not sure what accesskeys are? Here is an ALA post about them) If you've ever implemented accesskeys on a web app, do you know if they got used (outside of accessibility concerns)? There seem to be ...
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What's a good shortcut key for a global shortcut

I'm writing an app that allows the user to open up a window when they put in a shortcut key. I have this feature working but I would like to know what shortcut key combination would be best. I ...
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Most intuitive keyboard shortcut for search & replace dialog

Extending the question on askubuntu what would be the most intuitive solution for the Search & Replace and maybe Find dialog? Ctrl H -- Gnome, Windows Ctrl R -- KDE Ctrl F -- Mac OS Which ...
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Keyboard shortcut to sort columns in a table?

Clicking on column headers in a table to set the sort order (or toggle ascending/descending if already sorting by this column) is a standard UI technique. However, it is mouse-only. Is there a ...