Personal Shortcuts: Tell us what you think

We have a blind user in our team who is irritated every time he is forced to learn yet another key combination. Strange isn’t it? After a decade or two using computers, he should have gotten used to it by now. But he got us thinking: Maybe it is a bit irritating to have one set of shortcut keys on Thunderbird, another in Outlook, and yet another in Gmail. Then there are sites we use all the time, wouldn’t it be great to be able to choose your own keyboard shortcuts for buttons or links you need every day?

Just like with everything else we do on F123 Access, we only implement it when there is a clear demand from our users. So tell us, what do you think of this idea?

You get to have your own set of shortcuts, i.e. personal shortcuts. It would work like this: You go to a web site that you use all the time and you choose a link or button and assign a shortcut to it. To activate any of the personal shortcuts, you use something very similar to what F123 Access already has on Youtube and Facebook. You press an access combination like Alt+C and then the letter or number of the desired shortcut. On Youtube H takes you to the homepage, so you can quickly get there with Alt+C and H.

If Alt+C is already used for some other purpose, you will probably have a chance to modify the access combination. However, the key you choose as a shortcut will not conflict with pre-existing keys, as it will be pressed only after Alt+C, so only your keys will be available at that point. In addition, Alt+C will take you to the menu of personal shortcuts, so you will be able to move up and down that menu with the arrow keys; just in case you forgot the function of some of the shortcuts.

Tell us what you think. Use our contact page to write directly to us, or join the conversation on [our Google Group]. If you are not yet on the group, you can join by sending an e-mail to:
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