Poll: Do you prefer using keyboard shortcuts to using the mouse?
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ProZ.com Staff
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Nov 24, 2008

This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "Do you prefer using keyboard shortcuts to using the mouse?".

This poll was originally submitted by M. Ali Bayraktar

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Erik Hansson  Identity Verified
Member (2002)
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A question of speed Nov 24, 2008

I voted for yes as I can work many times faster with shortcuts instead of with the mouse. Faster work means more work done in the same time. And, not unimportant, the side-effect is a far better ergonomy: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ergonomy
reducing the risk for carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS).


Local time: 06:49
Spanish to English
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preserves the mouse better for essential functions Nov 24, 2008

using keyboard shortcuts preserves the mouse better for really essential functions, reducing its maintenance and replacement frequency


Miranda Joubioux  Identity Verified
Local time: 12:49
French to English
Yes - for most things Nov 24, 2008

Although I still use my mouse for browsing and for zooming.

The real test is when your mouse decides to die one day and you suddenly find yourself using shortcuts.
Most people don't even know how to do basic things using shortcuts.

I've always loved shortcuts and find them particularly useful with Word.
I'm a wordfast user, so that makes sense.

I think they are both equally important for efficient work.


Salam Alrawi  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 05:49
English to Arabic
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yes and no (I voted other) Nov 24, 2008

(Yes) during translation as using the keyboard can really save time,

and (No) if I am not translating as it is easier to use the mouse,

another thing is: using the mouse for really long time starts to hurt my hand (my wrist) even with the presence of mouse pad as it still doesn't really help the pain in my wrist,

Thank you very much,
Best regards,
Salam Alrawi


José Henrique Lamensdorf  Identity Verified
Local time: 08:49
English to Portuguese
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Mouse replacement? Nov 24, 2008

I'm not advertising for them, since it seems to be another company now, but I've been using this mouse: http://www.ergocanada.com/products/mice/cst_1100_987x761.jpg ... for 17 YEARS already. Okay, I bought US$ 10 in replacement parts a long time ago, clean it inside every now and then, but it still works much better and ergonomically than any other mouse I ever tried.

[Edited at 2008-11-24 17:31 GMT]


Erik Hansson  Identity Verified
Member (2002)
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Article database Nov 24, 2008

There are several articles in the ProZ.com article database about shortcuts. Some articles are just a pure list of different shortcuts, some of them give a deeper insight into the advantages, e.g.
Open the database and search for "shortcuts" and you will find.


Claudia Alvis  Identity Verified
Local time: 05:49
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Shortcuts, Fire Gestures and Dragon NaturallySpeaking Nov 24, 2008

I use a combination of Shortcuts, mouse gestures and Dragon NaturallySpeaking. In Word, I use a combination of macros and shortcuts; but I also use DNS, not only to dictate, but for the commands. It's easier to say 'bold that', 'select from [word] to [word]' or 'save', than using the keyboard or the mouse.

When I'm using Firefox, I prefer to use the mouse. There is a Firefox extension called Fire Gestures, which is an incredibly time-saver. I wrote an article about several Firefox applications, including one called Mouse Gestures, but I found Fire Gestures to be simpler and much easier to customize. For instance, I can close all tabs at once in one gesture, I can close all tabs but one with another one, scrolling to the top or bottom of the page is done in a second. My favorite gesture is 'Search for selection with', which opens a pop-up with all the search engines in my Search Bar; I just have to select one after selecting the word I want to search. Those are just some of the gestures I use the most, you can add as many as you want. Try it out, it's an amazing add-in.


Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 03:49
Member (2003)
Spanish to English
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Keyboard shortcuts save a huge amount of time Nov 24, 2008

...because the hand doesn't need to leave the keyboard.
But they have to be memorized (there are fewer intuitive combinations available) and MS Word does not have the flexibility of its predecessors - for example, WordPerfect 5.1 and Wang. I used to write Wang macros to do fantastic things. MS Word is less transparent (probably to safeguard the incredibly complex software), so it's harder to understand what "makes it tick."


xanthippe  Identity Verified
Local time: 12:49
Member (2008)
Italian to French
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other Nov 24, 2008

other ... because it depends on skills I perform.
I mostly use keybord shortcut but if they are too difficult to remember (ex. workbench shortcut) I prefer to use mouse


Erzsébet Czopyk  Identity Verified
Local time: 12:49
Member (2006)
Russian to Hungarian
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definitely yes Nov 25, 2008

Our translation coordinator Adam taught me and he created a special program able to insert whole expressions as I am typing extremely slow as a turtle.
I can use special formatting shortcuts ((macros) which were created especially to my needs.
Wishing you all a wonderful day ahead,



Mikhail Kropotov  Identity Verified
Russian Federation
Local time: 13:49
Member (2005)
English to Russian
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In Word, yes - shortcuts all the way Nov 25, 2008

Claudia Alvis wrote:
It's easier to say 'bold that', 'select from [word] to [word]' or 'save', than using the keyboard or the mouse.

Actually, it takes more time and requires thinking. Keyboard shortcuts don't as they're purely mechanical actions.


Chris E  Identity Verified
Local time: 12:49
Member (2013)
Spanish to English
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Different versions Nov 28, 2008

I got RSI from the mouse when I was writing my thesis and since then I've become a fan of shortcuts. The problem is that when I use my desktop, the Word/Excel etc is in Spanish and on my laptop it's in English so the shortcuts are different. It's OK as long as the other shortcut is redundant in that version, but I always end up with underlined documents instead of saved ones (subrayar not save), and when I want to select all, the computer tells me I want to open (abrir) another document.

I'm not sure that it saves time, exactly, in my case, but it sure saves my wristicon_smile.gif


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