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Customizable Keyboard Shortcuts: Efficiency at Hand

Photoshop CS joins Illustrator in offering customizable keyboard shortcuts. (GoLive CS also offers customizable shortcuts, whereas InDesign offers a number of preconfigured sets of shortcuts, including shortcuts for Quark users.) Tool activation, menu commands, and palette menus can all be assigned keyboard shortcuts in Photoshop. Illustrator CS offers customization of shortcuts for tools and menu commands.

Saving Time, Saving Tendons

With the introduction of graphical user interfaces (GUIs) almost two decades ago, we started to say good-bye to keyboards for anything other than text entry. Mouse clicks replaced keystroke-based coding and commands. Since then, such issues as repetitive motion injuries, monitor size, and just plain speed have taken us away from the mouse. Sending a cursor from the lower-right corner of a 21-inch monitor to the upper-left corner just to save a document is far more time consuming and much more inconvenient than pressing a modifier key and S on the keyboard.


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