The biggest problem so far I’ve had when switching from windows to a mac were the shortcut keys, and mostly the inconsistency thereof. It turns out there is a way to manipulate the keybindings for all cocoa apps, which should make them consistent across all good cocoa citizens. Firefox isn’t one of those citizens neither is firefox 3.0.
I uninstalled quicksilver because I couldn’t work out what it would do for me and didn’t want to spend time figuring it out either. This liberated my ctrl-space for visual studio. I remapped alt-insert to alt-i and that works for me. Then I brought some consistency in the way my keys behave across all cocoa apps.
I solved my problem with the shortcut keys by following the instructions that can be found in the following posts.
They talk about editing a file by hand and saving it, but for those that like a GUI there is one for it.
The GUI application: KeyBindingsEditor
The links with some instructions and background information.
The last post lists a couple of predefined keybinding files like one for emacs
or windows key bindings
Guess which ones I took and it’s not emacs ;) I actually just took a couple of keybindings. The ones that I use the most
/***** ARROWS *****/
“^\UF700” = “moveToBeginningOfParagraph:”; / C-up Move to beginning of paragraph /
“^\UF701” = “moveToEndOfParagraph:”; / C-down Move to end of paragraph /
“^$\UF700” = “moveToBeginningOfParagraphAndModifySelection:”;
/ C-Shft-up Select to beginning of paragraph /
“^$\UF701” = “moveToEndOfParagraphAndModifySelection:”;
/ C-Shft-down Select to end of paragraph /
“^\UF702” = “moveWordLeft:”; / C-left Move word left /
“^\UF703” = “moveWordRight:”; / C-right Move word right /
“$^\UF702” = “moveWordLeftAndModifySelection:”;
/ C-Shft-left Select word left /
“$^\UF703” = “moveWordRightAndModifySelection:”;
/ C-Shft-right Select word right /
/ CTRL + LETTERS /
“^a” = “selectAll:”; / C-a Select all /
“^x” = “cut:”; / C-x Cut /
“^c” = “copy:”; / C-c Copy /
“^v” = “paste:”; / C-v Paste /
“^z” = “undo:”; / C-z Undo /
“^y” = “redo:”; / C-y Redo /
“^s” = “save:”; / C-s Save /
“^S” = “saveAs:”; / C-Shft-s Save as /