Software makers and users often have conflicting goals - with the makers winning. Yet they all too often shoot themselves in the foot by distrusting the users - their customers. Or worse, maltreating them. It is time to get angry about bad and malicious software design. This Blog calls software designers on the carpet - giving them credit and shame where they deserve it.
December 13, 2012
Word for Mac 2011 Keyboard Navigation Shortcuts
One of my favorite not-well-known features of Mac is that standard emacs CTRL keyboard shortcuts are available system wide to move the cursor and do basic editing WITHOUT moving ones hands from the home position. This is incredibly valuable to touch typists (such as myself). This works in all Apple products (TextEdit, Terminal, Pages, Web browsers, etc.)
But it doesn't work in Microsoft Word for Mac. Fortunately, Word for Mac offers a built-in tool for customizing the keyboard that easily lets you add this feature back in. Just follow this simple recipe:
Select the menu Tools->Customize Keyboard…
In Categories, select All Commands
Then for each of the following, click in Press new keyboard shortcut and enter the keyboard shortcut, and select the command from the "Commands" window and press Assign.