Adding to Windows Shortcuts
Anyone remember WordPerfect 5.1? While this was an old DOS word processing programs, one of its wonderful features was the ability "macros" — a series of recorded keystrokes that could be (a) replayed at will and (b) assigned to key combinations such as Alt K.
Some of the computer tasks I do all day are just plain repetitive, and I've missed this feature greatly in Windows. For instance, I use a signature line in email (name, address, links, phone number) which is inserted by my email client into every email I write. Thing is, when responding to an email, even though I've specified that replies are to be *above* the sender's message and the cursor is duly inserted above the message, my signature lines are below. That means scrolling to the bottom to copy, and scrolling to the top to paste, for every email I respond to. Multiply this by 10-50 emails 24/7/365.
Short thread at cre8asite forums regarding few handy shortcuts for Windows — links to two programs that enable recording of macros:
While it appears (at first glance) that Quickeys may be the more advanced (and expensive) of the two, it may also do more. I've just installed the trial version of Perfect Keyboard, started it up, wrote my first macro, assigned it to a keystroke, and used it in email. No more scrolling around to cut/paste signature lines. Heck, I can write different signature lines for friends/clients/whoever.
I'll be trying the other versions too.
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