17 Jan Navigation keyboard shortcuts in OS X

BetterTouch Tool is an app created by Andreas Hegenberg (@boastr_net) that allows you to configure keyboard shortcuts and Magic Mouse & trackpad gestures on your. You can download it for free (soon as a pay-what-you-can price) on his website and download the iOS remote app on the iTunes Store.

 

Web browsers : Chrome, Firefox, Safari

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My navigation workflow evolved from using system keyboard shortcuts and web browsers. I quite like using Command-Tab to switch between apps. I also frequently use Command-Q and Command-W to close apps and tabs, as well as Command-T to open a new tab.

That being said, I configured BetterTouch Tool to map Command-E and Command-R for moving one tab to the left and one tab to the right in both Chrome and Firefox (I often use both, often side-by-side, for different tasks).

The reason behind these shortcuts : proximity, mostly. I access 6 different functions I frequently use on the same keyboard row, and are now second nature.

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To set it up in Chrome, add a shortcut for Command-E to “Trigger Other Keyboard Shortcut” Command-Option-Left arrow and repeat the process for Command-R for Command-Option-Right arrow.

To set it up in Firefox or Safari, the process is similar, but the shortcuts are different : create Command-E and Command-R shortcuts to add to Control-Tab and Control-Shift-Tab.

File management : Forklift and Finder

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I use Forklift @BinaryNights as a dual-pane file manager, FTP client and Finder replacement, and I love it. But Finder is getting better and better with time and OS X releases. Both can now work with multiple tabs open to manage your local files.

To set up keyboard shortcuts to switch tabs in Forklift, create Command-E and Command-R shortcuts to add to Command-Shift-Left arrow and Command-Shift-Right arrow. This adds to the existing shortcut specified in View > Select Previous/Next Tab, which you could also modify in the OS X keyboard preferences.

In Finder, the same shortcuts as in Firefox need to be configured : Control-Tab and Control-Shift-Tab. This adds to the existing shortcut specified in Window > Show Previous/Next Tab, which you could also modify in the OS X keyboard preferences.

Sublime Text and writing apps

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I used Coda by Panic (@panic) for years, but I’ve since gotten around to setting-up and learning how to use Sublime Text (sublimetext.com) in a way customized way that fits my needs. I’m sure there are other great apps that also fit in this category, and I’d be interested in knowing how you integrate them into your workflow.

Sublime Text keeps your opened files in the style of tabs at the top of your window. You can customize shortcuts to navigate between them quickly in the same manner as tabs for browsers or file management apps. Sublime Text 3 uses a tab interface, which prompts you to want to use Command-T to open a new tab. Instead, this is done by creating a new file, or Command-N. Create a shortcut for Command-T to trigger Command-N for both to create a new file in a new tab. The previous Command-T function, a quick open Go-To menu, can be natively accessed using Command-P as well.

Create a Command-R shortcut to replicate Command-Option-Right arrow, and a Command-E shortcut to replicate Command-Option-Left arrow. This adds to the existing shortcut specified in Goto > Switch File > Previous / Next File, which you could also modify in the OS X keyboard preferences.