qwerty layout shortcuts
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Fri Dec 29 07:45:43 UTC 2006
>> For those who find some key combinations awkward, I'll point out that
>> when you're taught to type properly, you find out that two-key
>> combinations are supposed to be done with two hands. One hand does the
>> qualifier, the other does the key.
>> i.e. For qwerty, you'd do right hand CTRL key, left hand C key.
> Funny, I've been doing Ctrl+C with my left hand only for the past 30 years
> and it never seemed to be "improper".
I can do it both ways. One-handed typing requires some painful
contortions. Even worse, is that it's mostly with my left hand, and I'm
right-handed. Though I usually end up doing it that way, out of bad
habit. But if I'm doing a lot of repetive cutting and pasting, where
search and replace isn't suitable, I do use both hands for CTRL + C and
CTRL + V typing.
> What seems "improper" to me is to move my right hand off its "home"
> keys and use my right index finger to push my left index finger out of
> the way since it is hovering over the C when my pinky finger of my
> left hand moves to the Ctrl key.
I really can't visualise what you mean here. You're using one hand to
manipulate the fingers of the other, so you can type CTRL C with the
>> You're not supposed to do them one-handed, no keyboard is really suited
>> for that. That's why it's painful to do. It's also one of the reasons
>> that we have shift and caps lock keys.
> I always thought people were supposed to do things in the way that is the
> most comfortable or least painful.
The point is that the keyboards were designed to be used in a way, which
is relatively easy to do, even if not brilliantly efficient. When you
operate against the design, which is possible, it can be akward and
To anyone who's ever thought that a keyboard was designed as a torture
device, they're probably correct, but they are quite easy to use if you
learn how. Proper touch typing is easier than hunt and peck. It's
faster, and less painful. It's worth it if you use keyboards a lot.
It's also worth finding a decent keyboard, many are just plain crap.
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