Use Your Shortcuts!

Years ago I read a book on Flash that contained a tip that has probably saved me days or even weeks of time. I want to share it with you. This tip seems specially helpful to creative types who use computers.

Every time you use a menu command, notice that it often has its keyboard shortcut listed next to it. For example, I am using the Safari web browser, and the menu command to Make Text Bigger is Command-plus. If you use that program a lot (and I use Safari all day long), the next time you pull down that menu, stop. Rather than selecting the menu item, force yourself to close the menu and type the keyboard command. Do that every time you go to the menu. Do that for every program you use for more than a couple hours a week.

Before long, you will find yourself working much, much faster. As a bonus, you will notice that a great many programs share the same keyboard shortcuts!

Raymond Brigleb

Creative Director, dreamer, partner, father, musician, photographer. Has been known to ride the rails. Pulls one heck of a shot.