Tuesday, October 18, 2005 12:54 AM bart

Unknown keystrokes

Today I discovered a pretty nice keystroke I wasn't aware of. As the matter in fact, I'm a huuuuuuuuge keystroke fan trying to eliminate any mouse interaction whatsoever to boost productivity :d. Sometimes this results in unexpected behavior however, for instance sending a nudge in MSN 7 to a buddy because you missed one ALT-TAB while navigating to Internet Explorer, therefore arriving on a MSN conversation window and pressing ALT-D which does not put you in the address bar of IE as intended but sends a nudge in MSN :o.

Now the more serious stuff: CTRL-BACKSPACE seems to remove characters in front of your cursor word by word. Pressing CTRL-BACKSPACE over here | 2 times would erase the words "over here". A big replacement (read: keystroke saver) for two CTRL-SHIFT-LEFT ARROW's + DEL.

In an analogous fashion you can use CTRL-DELETE to delete words in the other direction.

This will be another killer keystroke when doing demos if I get used to it :-). Another one I blogged about earlier is "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog"-generating rand-function in Word which is the ideal tool to junk strings (see "Lorem Ipsum Dolor Sit Amet" and "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" explained (or: cool KB Articles)...).

To conclude, let's mention CTRL-SHIFT-ESCAPE to open up the task manager in Windows (without going through CTRL-ALT-DEL, ALT-T or WIN-R, taskmgr, ENTER).

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