As I've written before, Windows is immensely better than OS X at
This makes a real difference in the quality of the experience and especially
the speed with which you can get work done.
I've been thinking about how to work around this, and the only answer is
another key on the keyboard, named
For the three percent of the audience who don't know about this virtue of
Windows, on that OS you can access the
File menu by pressing
Edit menu by pressing
Alt-E, and so on; if two menus begin with the same letter, one
of the other letters in one of them will be helpfully highlighted so you
know how to get to it.
Then when the menu drops down, each entry has a letter (usually the first)
that letter invokes that menu choice.
So, for example, on virtually every Windows app,
Alt-F A invokes
Once you get used to this, when you're motoring away in heads-down mode in
some program, the only time you have to move your hand away from the keyboard
is either to use your mouse to do something really graphical.
Yes, Mac apps have keyboard shortcuts, but they suck:
shiftkeys remain opaque to me.
Since all of these keys are pretty fully used, and you can't break the old
keyboard shortcuts, I suspect that the only answer is another key.
There's bloody well room, Macs are underconfigured with keys anyhow, I'd
really like to have a
PgUp or a real
Delete key but
I'd cheerfully settle for a
Menu key, I'd be able to work faster
and everything would be more consistent.
Now, there is one thing profoundly wrong with the way Windows does
Alt key is modal; that means, if you accidentally
press it, the application isn't getting your keystrokes any more until you do
the menu thing or hit
This is stupid and irritating and need not be replicated on the Mac.
The Mac's menu system, fixed in place and shared between apps, is in all other respects better than Windows’ - all they need to do is fix this one major botch and OS X would be miles ahead.