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

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Why CTRL + C multiple times [duplicate]

I have recently noticed that I press CTRL + C more than once, even if I know that the file has been copied to the clipboard. But I press CTRL + X or CTRL + V only once. Why do I do this? Is this ...
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How to define shortcut keys for an application?

Are there any guidelines to defining shortcut keys for an application. I understand that these shouldn't contradict with OS level short cut keys but there are so many other applications and how can ...
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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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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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Why does backspace go back a page? This behavior is so frustrating!

When using a browser, like Firefox, I appreciate that I can easily navigate my tab history with Alt+← (for back) and Alt+→ (for forward.) That makes perfectly good sense to me, and I've used that ...
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Are screenreader users aware of the keyboard controls with jQuery UI's datepicker?

jQuery UI's datepicker has complex keyboard navigation. Source: https://api.jqueryui.com/datepicker/ While the datepicker is open, the following key commands are available: PAGE UP: ...
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Is Shift+Click for item selection a historical mistake?

I recently encountered a proof of concept demonstration which used the mouse to "drag and select" multiple items in a list. The current, widely accepted solution for multiple item selection is to ...
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Learning multiple keyboard layouts

Spanish keyboards are not very friendly to C++ developers. While | # and ~ are hard but reasonably accessible, [ ] { and } are really hard to type. Not to mention, there are some dead keys that force ...
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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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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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What are the conventions for keyboard shortcuts in Windows and OSX?

Keyboard shortcuts in Windows appear to follow some sort of convention based on the modifier key, but I can't figure out precisely what it is. Here is my current best guess: Ctrl often execute ...
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Should I implement complex gestures for expert users?

For the most of software, there are keyboard shortcuts allowing the user to make complex actions in a small amount of time. These shortcuts are often made for advanced users and could be tricky and ...
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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 ...
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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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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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What's the best way to determine if a character is universally easy to type?

What would be the best way to determine if a particular keyboard character is available/convenient (enough) for most/all end users to type, regardless of keyboard layout? For instance, if I want to ...
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What keyboard input makes sense for tabbing out of a rich text field?

My Windows application has a form controlling system-wide options with a toolbar-equivalent and a region for controls. The toolbar has a series of icon/label pairs; selecting one fills the control ...
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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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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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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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Unintuitive order of vi directional keys

Currently unix text editor vi has the following keys for navigation. h move left j move down k move up l move right On keyboard they aligned: Left, Down, Up, Right But while ...
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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 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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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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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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Are there any recent studies of the “Keyboard vs Mouse”-issue?

Back in the late 80's, Apple Human Interface concluded that the mouse is faster than the keyboard, objectively. But also that every test person subjectively thought that the keyboard was faster. ...
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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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Why is shortcut command Control-C not trusted again? [duplicate]

Even if users of computers don't know any other shortcut commands, Ctrl-C is a very common one and the easiest for users to pick up. This is backed up with personal experience and little study of most ...
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Dedicated buttons for Copy/Paste on keyboards [closed]

Given that many people (myself included) use these functions a lot, wouldn't it make sense to have two keys that would replace Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V in modern keyboards?
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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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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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Why doesn't pasting (Ctrl-V or Command-V) default to unformatted text?

Like most people, I use copy and paste a lot in my day to day life, but I can't think of a single time that I have wanted to copy the formatting over with the content. Instead, I always seem to have ...
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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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What's the convenient key do delete something on Mac?

I've developed a paint application on the web using HTML5 Canvas element and JavaScript. The user can select stuff he drew and then delete it using the Delete key on Windows (which is convenient in ...
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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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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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If the 'delete' key deletes, what key inserts?

I have an application with a standard data grid in which each row represents an object. Our current application uses F6 and F7 for add and delete, respectively. I'd like to keep these around for our ...
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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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Merits of smaller less verbose keyboards for phones/mobile devices

Are there any merits to using a smaller and or possibly less verbose keyboard on mobile devices in certain scenarios? I was thinking possibly changing keyboards for logins or other areas where you ...
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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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Will a Paste button increase usability?

There comes cases where it's quite obvious that users are most likely to copy and paste a value into a given text-box. One of those cases is a URL fields. This made me thinking of adding a paste ...
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Where should pasted objects in a drawing application be placed?

We are creating a drawing application where users can add shapes to a canvas. They can cut/copy/paste via keyboard shortcut or context menu. For the context menu, it's pretty clear that the pasted ...
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Tabulation order in preferences dialog

Let's say I have a basic preferences dialog (tabs at the top, but I could also have put them at the left, it doesn't matter here). I like to use the tabulation key to navigate through the options. ...
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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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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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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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Web app keyboard shorcuts

Is it a good practice to give keyboard shortcuts to web apps that allows a user to do tasks that are repeated often. In my personal experience, I've rarely used keyboard shortcuts offered by GMail to ...
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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 ...