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

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Hotkeys and localization?

The app runs on a basic handscanner- tiny screen, physical keyboard with English letters and numbers. For 95% of user interactions, the flow is standard happy-path, no keyboard or screen interaction ...
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Should pressing Ctrl+C with nothing selected really clear your clipboard / copy the whole line?

It seems a bit counter-intuitive to me that in many text editors / IDEs, pressing Ctrl+C with nothing selected, clears your clipboard, or replaces it with whatever is on the same line as the caret. ...
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What intent does the Tab key convey?

My particular case is an autocomplete dropdown, but this goes for the general use case too: what does the user intend when they hit Tab? Is it merely to leave the current field, or to deliberately ...
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Is multi-layer ESCAPE expected?

We design an application, containing a grid with an active filter search and inline-editable columns. Each row represents a record, of which multiple fields are editable. The application should be ...
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Is it reasonable to expect users to know the F1 short-cut to access help

I am creating some in-line help documentation for my software and I was wondering whether it is reasonable to expect that the user knows that pressing the F1 key will allow them to access this help, ...
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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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What is the best combination of shortcuts for sending text message and breaking line?

So far I have encountered web applications that use these shortcuts to send messages(posts, emails etc) without clicking the submit button: ctrlEnter or cmdEnter ShiftEnter Just Enter On the other ...
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Adding keyboard shortcuts to the web

I am a heavy keyboard shortcut user. Given that I have a web application, which may require heavy browsing (let's say.. craigslist rentals section), would it be better to have keyboard shortcuts for ...
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Where should keyboard focus be after activating a button that brings up a non-modal dialog?

I have a button that shows a non-modal dialog, like this: The "Show Symbol Picker" button brings up the symbol picker non-modal dialog. If the button is pressed again, the dialog stays open, and ...
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Shortcut to save a document?

With the offline programs the convention (at least in English) is to type Ctrl+S to save a document. However, in many online web(app)s the convention is to type Ctrl+Enter to submit the current form, ...
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Keyboard shortcuts iOS

I'm implementing keyboard shortcuts into mine iOS app. Should I have shortcuts like ⌘ + n or just a simple n? Other example for navigation: ⌘ + 1 or just 1? Btw, I'm new to User Experience so I ...
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Should Desktop UI Patterns include Keyboard Shortcuts?

Not much to describe here. But I think that it'd be a good idea to have UI-Pattern documents to suggest relevant keyboard shortcuts. However, I haven't seen it anywhere and I'm wondering whether this ...
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Submitting form to new window

On websites, links can be opened in new windows/tabs using the middle-click button, CTRL+left click or Context Menu->'Open in new tab' option. However, this behaviour seems to be not implemented for ...
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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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Common keyboard shortcuts for formatting [closed]

I know that there are some almost universal formatting keyboard shortcuts like Ctrl-b for bold, Ctrl-i for italics, etc. What keyboard shortcuts would you recommend for preformatted text, (un)ordered ...
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Keyboard shortcuts and navigation in complex widget

I have this widget which will be widely used. It takes quite a few click to perform a relatively small action. Thus, I've decided to implement keyboard navigation, but I'm having trouble laying it ...
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Why don't mobile qwerty keyboards utilize keyboard shortcuts?

Desktop/laptop keyboards utilize shortcut via key combinations like Ctrl + V. What don't mobile keyboards, like on Android and iOS, do this? If we implement shortcut keys in mobile applications ...
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What is the correct tab-indexing for a log-in form with a “forgot password” link?

I have a login form shown below, and I am trying to figure out the correct tabbing for it for the best accessibility and user-experience. This seems like a very common design, but I haven't found a ...
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How do I reveal hidden hotkeys?

My application has many actions which can be used without using a hotkey, such as closing a tab. These actions are available in the menu bar where the hotkey for that action (Ctrl+W) is also listed. ...
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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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What's the right behavior for the tab key on a combobox?

What should happen if a user is scrolling through items in a combobox with the keyboard and they press the Tab key? Should it behave like the Enter key, selecting the currently highlighted item and ...
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Display Keyboard shortcuts for buttons/input in their label itself in a web app?

I have an inteactive web-app with some buttons and inputs, and they have keyboard shortcuts based on their respective labels. Like P for the button labeled 'Press me'. I want to showcase that the ...
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Keyboard shortcut for clone (copy+paste operation)

We are developing a scientific software which performs a list of measurements called batch. Usually, some group of measurements are similar. So to make it easier for the user to create its batch, we ...
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Keyboard shortcuts in a new business web application

I have read so many articles here on UXechange and did not really get any further, so I dare to ask this onceagain. We're planning a new web-application for inhouse business (we are using IE9). Our ...
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Changing keyboard shortcuts that has been introduced quite a while?

Let's say I have developed a publicly available application which has a keyboard shortcut available. However, after a while of further development, I've decided that the current keyboard shortcut is ...
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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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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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Is there a standard hotkey list somewhere

There are numerous key combinations that can be considered as being part of an unofficial (as far as I know) standard. But is there a list of such combinations somewhere? Some examples: F1 - Help F3 ...
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Should my iOS app have a keyboard shortcut for “edit”, and if so, what should it be?

I am implementing keyboard shortcuts into a iOS app. Some of the shortcuts I currently have: Switching tabs: ⌘ + 1,2,3,4 Adding items: ⌘ + N Search: ⌘ + F Should I add a shortcut that enables the ...
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Keyboard shortcuts for navigating a hierarchy — without hindering text-editing

I have an application where many forms are collected in a hierarchy. The hierarchy is presented on the left side, and a form with text-entries, tables, comboboxes, etc. occupies the main portion of ...
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In a browser based environment, what should the tab key do

When offering a text editor in a browser environment, what should the Tab-key do. Natively it will leave the currently selected input and select the next one, but the tab key is also a valid character ...
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Which keyboard shortcuts to chose on cross-platform software?

I've joined a team of devs working on an open source software project which is supposed to run accross multiple platfroms (Windows, Mac, Linux, ...). I'm assigned to a task which includes reviewing ...
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What is the usage rate for users navigating form input fields via the 'tab' key vs. mouse clicks?

On my current project, we are debating the usage of replacing input fields (checkboxes, radio buttons, and select dropdowns) with styled choices via javascript. However, it breaks the support of ...
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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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Should desktop apps allow you to zoom in with ctrl +/-?

Web browsers and text-editors are the only desktop apps that come to mind which support zooming via ctrl + + / - / 0 or (cmd + + / - / 0) shortcuts. Why is this? Should my app / desktop apps in ...
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Why is 'shift + space' not popularly used?

Why isn't "shift + space" popularly utilized? Chrome uses "space" as "page down", and "shift + space" as "page up". However, I haven't been able to find a single occurrence of it being utilized during ...
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Keyboard navigation of editable fields skipping other controls

I've been browsing StackExchange, the MS UX guidelines, etc and have yet to find an answer, or even a suggestion about this. In a Windows environment, Tab usually moves focus from control to ...
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How should hotkeys be handled in the translation of a program? [duplicate]

I have been helping to translate MarkdownPad into German and have come across a problem that has always made me wonder. How do you handle translation in regards to hotkeys? The problem being, the ...
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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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Using only keyboard shortcuts (without button/menu counterparts)

I'm working on a webapp right now and the way I am designing the actions mainly utilizes keyboard and mouse combinations. Example, join two elements by [shift + click]ing them in order. Is this an ...