Today I forgot my mouse at home and thought it is a perfect fit to challenge myself at the office today to only use my keyboard!
I have a notebook with a docking station and an external keyboard I use, so just in case I could have used the touchpad.
In fact, I am writing this article the same way - using only my keyboard!
Here is the summary of my challenge to
I noticed googles great way to support keyboard navigation for the first time after pressing
Tab on the search results:
Some not so great experiences were with popup windows / modal dialogs on websites that do not care about accessibility.
I couldn't manage to close this dialog! How the hell am I supposed to close it, when I can't focus on anything in it only using the keyboard?!
What I did was opening the Dev Tools in Chrome (
F12), focused the Elements Tab,
Ctrl+F searching for the popup HTML element,
Shift+F10 to right click on it and deleted it from the DOM. Felt like a way too big effort only to close this dialog 😩
Fortunately scrolling, selecting stuff and navigating was very easy. What enhanced my speed was the Vimium extension for chrome I installed after reading this very good post about it:
With the help of Vimium I was able to get around even faster with even less keystrokes because I didn't need to tab through all the elements to the wanted one but could select it with a combination of maximum 2 keystrokes!
Heres a short GIF:
Win+Baccesses the windows tray icons! (on Windows)
Win+1or any number from 1-9 starts whatever program is pinned to the taskbar at this index.
Win+Tabgives an advanced application switcher interface
F6Focus the address bar in a browser or windows explorer.
Shift+F10to simulate a right click (if you don't have a dedicated key on your keyboard)
Fin chrome to use Vimium
Ctrl+Wto close tabs
Win+Shift+Right Arrowor Left Arrow to move a window from one screen to the other fast
Win+Ctrl+Right Arrowor Left Arrow to switch between worspaces