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Keyboard Shortcuts!

If you are a one hand typist, FIRST, learn to speed touch type with one hand. That means to know where ALL the keys are, without looking. You will find that many people at work did not bother to get FAST on their keyboard. If you learn, you become more valuable. AFTER you learn touch typing, click here to learn more, then learn the shortcuts! Soon you will the speedy computer nerd everyone turns to for help! You will no longer be, "that one handed person," you are the person they call on when they are in trouble!

The easiest way to find shortcuts in to read your software, and computer manuals!

Here are some websites that offer shortcut tips too, but REMEMBER, often times these shortcuts assume you are using two hands. Some will work, some won't. Experiment :)

Article at Computer Companion, by Dian D. Chesney

Shortcuts at Microsoft

Shortcuts at Linda's Computer Stop

Email from a user ...

I just thought you might like to know this for future reference. The program you sent to me for the Windows MS Word Document handbook, does work with Windows 95. I have it set up and it works great! I also wanted to let you know that I find using the sticky keys does work better than just using the cap locks key because, the sticky keys allow you to do the symbols and the upper punctuation without having to use two hands.

You only need to hit the proper key once and then the symbol key you want to place in your text. Example :

1= cap locks key only

1=! , with the sticky key and the shift key be pressed one time.

- Sheri Lynn Andrews, one hand typist

(Ed. note: Stickey keys is free part of the MAC operating system under EASY ACCESS and of MSWindows.

Sticky Keys. Part of Easy Access, StickyKeys is a software keylatch, meaning it can help you hold down keys during times when you must press two or three keys simultaneously (if you need to type a capital letter or a question mark, for example). For people with a physical disability who type with one finger or with a mouth wand, this keylatch feature is a helpful tool.

1. Turn on StickyKeys by pressing the Shift key five times. (You can also use the Easy Access Control Panel to turn StickyKeys On and Off). You'll notice a sound effect and a small icon of an empty bucket appearing in the upper right hand corner of the menu bar, indicating StickyKeys is active.

2. Type a capital letter using StickyKeys by taking one finger and pressing the Shift key once. Look at the StickyKeys icon again and you'll see that there is now an arrow pointing into the bucket. This indicates the Shift key you just pressed has been "locked" into memory. The next letter you press will be capitalized.

3. You can also use StickyKeys for sequences that require more than two modifier keys to be held down simultaneously (for example, Command-Shift-1 to eject a floppy disk).

4. Turn StickyKeys off by pressing the Shift key (again) five times (or go to the Easy Access control panel).

Note: This new version of the popular Easy Access control panel allows Sticky Keys to remain active after waking up if it was active when the PowerBook or other portable computer went to sleep. Also, Easy Access now remembers whether sticky keys, mouse keys, and slow keys were on or off between restarts.



MouseKeys. Part of Easy Access, MouseKeys is a program that lets you control all mouse movements by typing on the numeric keypad. This utility is especially valuable for people who lack the manual dexterity to maneuver a mouse.

1. Turn on MouseKeys by pressing Command-Shift-Clear simultaneously. You can also use the Easy Access control panel to turn MouseKeys on and off.

You'll notice a zipping sound indicating that MouseKeys has been activated. Now you can use the numeric keypad to direct mouse movements on the screen. The numbers on the keypad are like the points of a compass. The 5 key on the numeric keypad serves as the mouse button. The 8 key goes up, the 2 key goes down, the 4 key goes left and the 6 key goes right. Mouse lock is the 0 key and the mouse button unlock is the "." key.

2. You can change the speed of the mouse cursor by modifying the Easy Access control panel. Change the Initial Delay setting to "short" and change the Maximum Speed setting to "fast." Now try using MouseKeys again, and notice the change in speed.



Slow Keys.

Part of Easy Access, SlowKeys enables the user to change the length of time it takes for a keystroke to be registered on the screen. This allows for several keys to be pressed accidentally without effect. For a child or adult with fine motor difficulties, this customizable feature saves unwanted keystrokes from appearing on the screen.

1. Turn on SlowKeys by opening up the Easy Access control panel. You'll hear a zipping sound effect signifying that SlowKeys is activated. Change the Acceptance Delay setting to increase the time between keystrokes.

Note: There is also a Mouse Keys for the PowerBook (4k), because the PowerBook does not have a built-in numeric keypad. The file "Mouse Keys for the PowerBook" is used to emulate the numeric keyboard on the standard PowerBook keyboard.


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