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Wednesday, May 11th, 2005, 4:30 am

Universal Accelerators

There appears to be a consistency across platforms when it comes to keyboard accelerators. Here are a few examples:

  • CTRL+Enter dispatches E-mail
  • ALT+F4 closes the window in focus
  • ALT+TAB cycles between windows
  • CTRL+P prints a page
  • F11 enables full-screen mode

Shortcut keysUnder a Mac, ALT and CTRL will vary. All accelerators exist to save you time, so learn them, practice them and most importantly, use them.

While on the issue of accelerators, menu layouts have become consistent as well. This suggests that more operating systems and more application are designed to ‘absorb’ new users. The biggest gainers are standards and conventions of course.

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