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Did you ever wish you had a better memory? I sure do. Last night I downloaded the keyboard shortcut application Spark, and set to creating shortcuts for my Scripts Menu. Today, I could remember one of the keyboard shortcuts, but not what it does.

Since I can't download a better memory, I tried to think of a quick way to have a cheat sheet readily available. I first tried a text file, but I would have to launch an application each time I wanted to look at it. I thought of embedding the text in a desktop picture, and decided that would be too boring.

What I hit on doing was to take a screenshot of just the text of my cheat sheet, make a new folder with the screenshot inside, and set my screenshot as the background of the folder. Now that folder lives minimized in my dock, and I can pop it open any time I need to 'remember' a keyboard shortcut.
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One way to help remember keyboard shortcuts
Authored by: mattyb on Jun 19, '08 07:38:56AM

I have the same issue for various apps. I'm going to try Geek Tool and a flat text file as a desktop background overlay. Just hit F3 to see your shortcuts!! If you're using one of the nwer keyboards and Leopard of course.



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One way to help remember keyboard shortcuts
Authored by: riktexan on Jun 19, '08 07:39:03AM

I like Key Cue, a shareware app that appears translucent on the desktop by holding down the Apple key.
It's upgraded fairly often.

Rick in Maine



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One way to help remember keyboard shortcuts
Authored by: vdanen on Jun 19, '08 02:34:19PM

I agree. KeyCue is one of the programs I can't live without anymore. Especially when dealing with TextMate. Invaluable.



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One way to help remember keyboard shortcuts
Authored by: wonkeythemonkey on Jun 19, '08 08:17:22AM

If you have Leopard, you could also use a text file, formatted to fit on one screen, and use QuickLook to view it from your desktop. Then you'd only have one shortcut to remember (it's "spacebar").



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One way to help remember keyboard shortcuts
Authored by: Phosphor on Jun 19, '08 09:04:41AM
I use KeyCue as well, and it's quite handy and unobtrusive.

But no matter what tricks you try to use for remembering shortcuts the only real way to internalize them is to FORCE yourself to use them.

If you go to the main menus of the OS or any application, and see that the process you want to invoke has a shortcut, DO NOT simply glide down the menu and select it. Look at the shortcut, say it out loud to yourself, dismiss the menu and use the shortcut instead.

Do this enough times until they become as familiar as the shortcuts for Open/Save/Copy/Paste/Undo.

This self-disciplined method has helped me learn literally hundreds of shortcuts across the OS and quite a few applications.

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One way to help remember keyboard shortcuts
Authored by: lihtox on Jun 19, '08 11:53:28AM

Wouldn't a text or picture clipping work as easily? Highlight the text and drag it onto the desktop or a folder to create the clipping, rename the clipping to something appropriate, then drag it onto the dock.

Maybe your method has some advantage I'm not seeing.



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One way to help remember keyboard shortcuts
Authored by: tyip on Jun 19, '08 01:03:37PM

I assigned a keyboard shortcut to open my keyboard shortcut cheat sheet, but now I can't remember what it is. ;-)



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One way to help remember keyboard shortcuts
Authored by: FrankMtl on Jun 19, '08 09:02:21PM

One can also add the folder as a Stack and eliminates the step of re-minimizing the folder :)



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One way to help remember keyboard shortcuts
Authored by: harrie on Jun 20, '08 12:43:00AM

That is a rather convoluted way. Why don't you use the Sticky widget? Then you can even add new shortcuts on the fly.

Of course you would have to remember the widget sortcut...



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One way to help remember keyboard shortcuts
Authored by: mark hunte on Jun 21, '08 01:02:04AM
I use Spark, what I do is export the list as an HTML.
And Have a hot key to open the html file in quickview.

The code in the spark applescript hotkey is:

do shell script "qlmanage -p /Users/UserNamee/Documents/SparkLibrary.html"

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mh

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One way to help remember keyboard shortcuts
Authored by: sojourner on Jun 21, '08 02:22:47PM
you can always save as a text file or an image and then place on desktop via geektool http://projects.tynsoe.org/en/geektool/ . then i'd just set one of the corners to 'desktop' via the dashboard & exposé prefpane.

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One way to help remember keyboard shortcuts
Authored by: sojourner on Jun 21, '08 02:25:49PM

oops. somehow i missed seeing that someone already suggested this. please note that geektool also works for tiger.



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One way to help remember keyboard shortcuts
Authored by: zo219 on Jun 21, '08 03:14:21PM

For the easiest, fastest quick info access ever:

Clips or screenshots on the desktop, Hetima's Clipping QL generator, set Finder View prefs to Show Item Info (to easily spot what you're after) ... Hit the space bar ... Fantastic!




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One way to help remember keyboard shortcuts
Authored by: robdern on Jul 25, '08 08:16:17AM

To add one thing to wonkeythemonkey's tip (06/19):

When typing the name of the text file containing your tips, first tap the space bar once to place the name first alphabetically, then type the name of the file.

Then, when you are in finder with the file on your desktop, a single tap selects the file and a second one opens it in QuickLook.

Tap-tap and you're in. Of course, not using any other apps to set it up takes away a lot of the fun. Bummer. But look, multiply any other way times a couple of thousand and it's Carpeltunnel City.



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