Memory is a funny thing. We all remember important things like pay day, our birthday and hopefully our anniversary. These are things that are important to us so we remember them. The same is not true of most keyboard shortcuts in the programs we run.
A few of the benefits of using shortcut are:
1. Less frustration with a program.
2. Fewer mistakes and error to correct.
3. Fewer reaches for the mouse.
4. Increasing productivity.
Yes, we remember the shortcuts that are common to all programs such as Ctrl+C for copy, Ctrl+O for open and Ctrl+S for save. But what is the shortcut to add a hyperlink in Word? What can be frustrating is that there are no shortcuts to many of the functions in Word. Functions like the paragraph dialog require using the mouse or remembering the Alt+O+P sequence.
This is where an overlay keyboard can become valuable. Each key on an overlay keyboard can be configured to reproduce any sequence of keys from a standard computer keyboard. Naturally this includes all shortcut keys in a program.
Simply press the correct key and the shortcut will be activated. By configuring a key to the sequence Ctrl+K the hyperlink dialog box will appear. Configure another key to Shift+F1 and the reveal format window will appear.
With an overlay keyboard we have the ability to create our own shortcuts. In Word there is no shortcut for the Save As function. A user must either grab the mouse click on File and then on Save As or press the keys Alt+F+A. With an overlay keyboard simply configure a key to reproduce the Alt+F+A sequence and you have created your own shortcut.
While I have used Word as an example in this article an overlay keyboard can be used with any program. Programs that are industry standards to specially written applications to even Windows itself can be made easier to use. (Don't forget the Mac OS and its applications.)
With an overlay keyboard the user the user's time at the computer becomes more productive. They are free to concentrate on their work and not how to run the program. The user does not have to contort their hands into awkward positions to press shortcut keys.
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Philip Kidder has worked with computers for over 35 years. He worked for the Defense Department as a programmer and system analyst. After leaving the government he has worked in computer sales owning his own store. Upon leaving the retail side he is currently a programmer and consultant to businesses. He also works with individuals helping them solve their computer problems. With his broad experience he truly joys is helping others solve their problems and make the computer less of a demon and more of a friend.
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