the satisfaction of 'mouse deactivated'

I use an Apple Magic mouse, I bought it the day it came out because I was feeling the strain of actively lifting my wrists up to reach over the last mouse, the magic mouse has a low profile, I like it. I don’t like using it though.

So it’s really satisfying when I see the message popup on my screen that I’ve not used my mouse in ages and it’s turned itself off. So these are the tools I use to avoid ever using a mouse, as well as a bunch of keyboard shortcuts for everyday tasks.

Standard keybindings you should know anyway

Command + W – Close window, or tab.
Command + Space – Spotlight Search, then up / down and enter to select.
Command + S – Save.
Command + C – Copy
Command + V – Paste
Command + Tab – Application selector, I hold command and press left / right. You can tap Q on an app to close it from here.
Command + T – New Tab
Command + Up / Down – Jump to the top or bottom of a list.
Command + Shift + [ & ] – Switch between tabs. Not every app supports this.
Command + E – Throw selected text into search buffer.
Command + Shift + E – Throw selected text into replace buffer.
Command + G – Find whatevers in the search buffer, repeat to move to next.
Command + ` – Switch between windows in the current application

When in a standard text input box
Alt + Left / right – Jump between words.
Apple + Left / Right – Jump to the ends of the line.
Apple + Delete – Delete all the words till it hits the left edge.

Adium


Command + / – Toggle between contacts list and chat windows.
Command + [ & ] – Switch between tabs.
Command + [1 – 0] – Jump to specific tab.

Chrome


Command + [ & ] – Back and Forwards
Command + Shift + [ & ] – Switch between tabs.
Command + [1 – 0] – Jump to specific tab.
Command + L – Jump to location bar at the top

I install Viumium, this adds


f – Find a link in the page and highlight a key combo for it.
b – Start typing the name of a bookmark and press enter
j, k – move up and down on the page.
/ – start a text search, you can press enter twice to load a link

Finder

Command + Up – Go back a folder.
Command + Down – Go into a folder.
Command + Shift + D – Jump to Desktop
Command + Shift + L – Jump to Downloads
- These are useful for save dialogues.

I use TotalFinder, this adds


Command + T – New tab.
Command + X – Cut File.
Command + Shift + [ & ] – Switch between tabs.

Alfred – these are personal preferences


Control + Space – Open Alfred.
Command + Alt + Control + Left / Right – Next / Previous son ing Spotify/
Command + Alt + Control + Space – Pause spotify for 5 minutes.
Command + Alt + Control + Enter – Play / Pause spotify.

Spotify


Apple + Alt + F – Jump to search input. Then press tab twice to select the tracks in a playlist.

Moom – This is an app for moving windows around


Control + Enter – Bring up Moom. Doing this twice brings up a grid you can selec your window space with.

Twitter


Apple + Shift + [ & ] – Jump between accounts
Apple + [1 -4] – Switch contexts ( Command + 1 is timeline, Command + 2 is @replies etc. )
Apple + N – New Tweet.
Up / Down – go up and down.
Enter – Load the first URL in the tweet ( holding Command does it in the background. )
Command + R – reply to selected tweet

Sparrow, pretty much the exact same as twitters but you press tab more often to jump between columns.

iTerm 2


F1 – I use this to toggle Visor mode.
Command + D – New vertical split view.
Command + Shift + Left / Right – Move between split views.

Terminals in General


Up / Down – Go through History
Control + A – Jump caret to left edge
Control + R – History search, press combo again to keep searching.

There’s a whole other post for key commands in Text Editors.

Things I have to use the mouse for
Clicking / Selecting links in Adium.
Copying and pasting text from the web.
XCode’s interface builder.
Using git in Sublime Text 2