Keyboard/Shortcut Tools

01
Apr

Using keyboard-shortcuts can enhance your productivity extremely. If you know your shortcuts you can save lots of unneeded mouse-movements. Maybe you’re a fast mouse-user but you can always get faster so try using shortcuts in combination with your mouse.
As most of the professional applications feature customizable keyboard-shortcuts, Windows XP doesn’t provide this feature. There are many shortcut-tools and scripting languages (like AutoIt) available in the web, so I have picked out some of the best ones which require only few resources and give you some nice settings.

Clavier+

This tool allows you to create various keyboard shortcuts and automations using almost any key on your keyboard – even the ‘Windows’-key. You can create shortcuts with at least two keys. If you assign a CTRL-key for a shortcut, the program can distinguish between the left and right CTRL-key. There are also conditions, e.g. if the Num-Lock-State is active.
The assigned shortcuts can be used for a single program (exclusions) or as global shortcuts. Clavier+ also provides the feature of writing a text with breaks (time in milliseconds). This can even be used in combination with shortcuts so you could create a keyboard-shortcut which goes like “[Ctrl+C][[notepad.exe]][][Ctrl+V]” – this would copy the selected text, open the editor and paste the text in there. So there are many possibilities with this nice tool.

Link: http://utilfr42.free.fr

KeyTweak

KeyTweak is not a shortcut-tool but another useful application. It allows you to reassign the keys of your keyboard. There’s at least one key which should be reassigned in any case: the CAPSLOCK-key. I’ve never used this key and it mostly had an annoying effect. So you can use KeyTweak to reassign this key with a better one.

Link: http://webpages.charter.net

Windows-Key shortcuts

This is no program but a list of the standard Windows-key shortcuts which can be very useful in your Windows-everyday life. The WIN-D-shortcut minimizes all open windows to the taskbar so you have access to your desktop. If you press WIN-SHIFT-M you can bring up back the minimized windows. So there many standard-shortcuts which can help a lot.

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