How awesome are you with your keyboard on the Mac? The Mac is surprisingly easy to use without the mouse. Don’t believe me? Have a look at this video (15 minutes of unadulterated awesome) and then come on back over.
I covered many topics in a pretty rapid motion. So let me summarize them for you here.
You can select the menubar with ctrl-F2, the dock with ctrl-F3, and the menu extras area with ctrl-F8. You might have to include the fn key if you don’t have “Use F1, F2, etc. keys as standard function keys” selected in the Keyboard preference pane.
Finder is pretty accessible with the keyboard. You can move to different folders, open folders, and change your views easily.
Make sure to enable “Full Keyboard Access”. This will allow you to move around in dialogs and windows with your tab and arrow keys.
A newer tool called gleeBox allows you to take a “keyboard-centric approach to navigating the web”. I love this tool. There are versions for Chrome and Firefox.
I’m an avid user of gnu screen. You should be too. There is nothing worse than tab hell in my terminal. Speaking of terminals, I prefer iTerm over Terminal. iTerm is much more featured and allows for 256 colors. Hey Apple, it is 2010. I need more than 16 colors in my terminal.
For editing text, I suggest vim. THere is a slight learning curve, but once you get comfortable, vim is a keyboard lovers dream. You can navigate, explore and split windows with some not-to-hard-to-learn key combinations.
Normally you would resort to the moving windows around with the keyboard. With SizeUp you can move windows around and between desktops and monitors with few easy to learn keystrokes.
Now, I’ve given you a taste of what you can do without the mouse on the Mac. Anyone care to share any more tips I may have missed or not even known?