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5 Tools to Finally Learn All Those Keyboard Shortcuts

Justin Pot 08-08-2015

Get more out of your computer: learn keyboard shortcuts. It sounds like a pain, but seriously, every new shortcut you learn will quickly become something you can’t live without.


Have you ever watched a “computer person” quickly do things in a way that blew your mind? It’s a good bet they know their keyboard shortcuts, and you’re using the mouse like a sucker. If you’ve put off learning those shortcuts, it might be because you’re intimidated. Don’t be: learning shortcuts is easy, and Cool Websites and Apps today is going to point out a number of tools.

This column aims to bring you five things never before covered on MakeUseOf, despite our tens of thousands of articles. We’ve shown you how to learn keyboard shortcuts on your Mac Learn Your Keyboard Shortcuts Using CheatSheet [Mac] If you're growing tired of constantly moving your hand back and forth from your mouse or trackpad to the keyboard in order to launch or quit an application, pause iTunes playing, or copy or paste... Read More , and we’ve given you the ultimate guide to learning Windows keyboard shortcuts Windows Keyboard Shortcuts 101: The Ultimate Guide Keyboard shortcuts can save you hours of time. Master the universal Windows keyboard shortcuts, keyboard tricks for specific programs, and a few other tips to speed up your work. Read More . Here’s what we found today.

Shortcut Foo (Web): A Collection of Shortcut Tutorials

We start with something that feels almost like Guitar Hero, but for keyboard shortcuts. Shortcut Foo offers lessons that teach you the keyboard shortcuts for a wide variety of programs.


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The lessons begin by showing you the keyboard shortcut along with their function, before eventually showing you just the function. The idea is that you’ll learn these functions by muscle memory eventually. You can memorize anything using active recall memory Memorize Anything Using Active Recall Memory Your memory sucks, but it's nothing you can't improve. Whether you're trying to learn a language, geography or even basic programming skills, active recall learning lets you commit details to memory. Read More , and this tool is trying to help you do just that.

Hotkey EVE (Mac): Learn Shortcuts as You Work

What if every time you did something the slow way (with your mouse) you were reminded about a faster way (using keyboard shortcuts)? Hotkey EVE is a Mac app that does just that.

Install this app, enable a few applications and work as you normally do. Every time you use your mouse to accomplish something better done with a keyboard shortcut, you’ll get a notification.


This particular one blew my mind. I’ve been a Mac user or years, and an avid user of keyboard shortcuts, but I never knew about this one. Leave this turned on for a while and you’ll learn a lot. You can also browse a directory of keyboard shortcuts, if you prefer.

Windows users: I haven’t found an app quite like this, but Keyrocket for Windows can teach you a lot of Office shortcuts Master MS Office Keyboard Shortcuts Effortlessly With Free KeyRocket For Windows Word or Excel have numerous built-in shortcuts, and once you know them, they really are much faster to use than futzing around with the mouse and menus. The only question is: How do you get... Read More in a similar way. Be warned: it’s not free, though their tool for learning Gmail shortcuts Quickly Learn Gmail's Keyboard Shortcuts With KeyRocket For Gmail Get the most out of Gmail by learning all of its keyboard shortcuts. With Keyrocket for Gmail you'll be shown a notification every time you use the mouse instead of a keyboard shortcut, helping you... Read More is.

Shortcut World (Web): A Wiki for Keyboard Shortcuts

This one is exactly what you’d expect: a collection of keyboard shortcuts gathered by users. It’s not exactly Wikipedian in scope, there are a lot of great keyboard shortcuts to be found here. Here’s a quick look at the page for Adobe Reader:


You’ll find dedicated pages for Windows, Mac, and Linux versions of apps ranging from Photoshop to VLC to Microsoft Office. Take some time to explore, you’ll probably learn something.

If this isn’t quite enough for you, check out Wikipedia’s List Of Common Keyboard Shortcuts, which covers common features on every major operating system.

Dan Rodney’s List Of Mac Keyboard Shortcuts

Mac users lover their keyboard shortcuts, but if Keyboard Eve taught me anything it’s that I’ve not found them all yet. Dan Rodney offers a very attractive page just full of things you might not know – you should check it out.


I learned a few things reading through here – for example, I didn’t know that Cmd-Opt-Esc brings up the Force Quit menu. I’ll be using that next time an app acts up on me. And in addition to keyboard shortcuts you’ll also find information about multi-touch gestures, along with other tricks for getting more out of your Mac. Seriously, check this one out.

Microsoft’s Surprisingly Complete List of Keyboard Shortcuts

I know, I know: you’re a Windows fan and as such don’t care about Mac stuff. Here’s the good news: Microsoft themselves offer a list of keyboard shortcuts just as good as the one I linked to for Mac users. It’s particularly great if you want to learn the many keyboard shortcuts triggered by the Windows key.


Go through this list and I promise: you’ll find a faster method for something you do every day.

What Are Your Favorite Keyboard Shortcuts?

To this day I regularly find keyboard shortcuts that save me time and make my life better. So I want to know: what are your favorite keyboard shortcuts? Let’s compile some in the comments below.

Or, if you want more keyboard-centric reading, check out this handy list of Windows shortcuts A Handy Keyboard Shortcuts List for the Upcoming Microsoft Windows 8 Not having to reach for your mouse to do the most routine task is one huge benefit I enjoy every day. That's because I've memorized my list of Windows 7 keyboard shortcuts, and I use... Read More , or learn about Twitter and Facebook’s keyboard shortcuts The Best Ways to Learn All the Keyboard Shortcuts You Will Ever Need There are many keyboard shortcuts you aren't using. We bring you all the right resources to teach you everything you need to know about keyboard shortcuts. Memorize keyboard shortcuts for instant productivity. Read More . Get learning!

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  1. Anonymous
    August 10, 2015 at 3:27 pm

    We also love Key Rocket for learning the shortcuts in Gmail. It's an extension that installs right on the browser.

    • Justin Pot
      August 10, 2015 at 3:59 pm

      Yeah, that's how I learned them all! Great extension.