A group of us has been sharing a great doc by one of our editors (Vince Earl) that is a quick and extensive guide to Windows keyboard shortcuts. KEYBOARD shortcuts? Oh that is so 90s. Who needs them on an iPad? I have some analyst side bets in the works over how much longer the traditional form factors (PCs, laptops) hold out…or if they are going the way of Wyse terminals, 3270s, and card punches.
I was considering calling this post “The Anti-UI; a glimpse at what the world could have been like without a GUI”, or even “Man over Machine: How computers can mold your thought processes.” Larry Cannell pointed out that a GUI is as manipulative as a non-GUI, and suggested a title of “The Anti-GUI…” or “How to move fast around Windows without leaving the keyboard”.
It’s amazing how these little tricks and tips live on. What will be more amazing will be the state of keyboard shortcuts in 10 years, as the predominant form factor will be much different; gestures will make an impact (think Kinect), the predominance of other information (audio, video, image), and the subservience of text…immediately preceding the decline of civilization as we know it.
In the meantime, enjoy Vince’s notes….Computer Shortcuts