A Numbers Game

On Wednesday, I mentioned that as part of the keyboard work we’ve done for Beta 2, controls on the customizable Quick Access Toolbar are auto-assigned KeyTips. For example, the first item in the QAT can be accessed by typing ALT+1, the second item can be accessed by typing ALT+2, etc. Because you can add and…

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Verklärte Macht: Keyboard Revisited

I mentioned in mid-March that we had been putting a lot of thought and effort into improving the Office 2007 keyboard access model for Beta 2. Getting keyboarding for the new UI model right is a necessity–not only for accessibility but also for efficiency. As a result, we’ve continued to tweak and redesign and tweak…

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An Unintentional Week of Keyboard

For some reason (entirely unintentional) I’ve spent a bunch of this week babbling about keyboard issues. I guess you can tell where my mind is right now. So, I knew there was no better way to end the week than making sure you saw what’s become known as "Charlie’s List" over on the venerable Excel…

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Odds, Ends, Shortcuts, and Accelerators

First of all, due to a glitch in the system, Howard’s article about the philosophy behind Themes in Office 2007 got posted very late yesterday. It’s well worth the read, so if you didn’t catch it yesterday, you might consider checking it out today. The team has been enjoying the interesting discussion around keyboard accelerators…

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Which Letter Is Better?

I mentioned a few days ago that the team has been immersed lately in improving the Office 2007 keyboard model. We got a lot of constructive feedback around the model from Beta 1 and so we’re hard at work addressing it for Beta 2. Today, I want to just throw out a minor but important…

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The Keyboard At Your Command

We’ve been working a lot lately on improving the Office 12 keyboard model, so my mind is trapped in a keyboard shortcut frame of mind. I don’t have anything to share on this subject yet (we’re still working on the design), and when I do I’ll certainly post here. But thinking about this so much…

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Stroking the Keys in Office 12

There are three ways to use the keyboard to get work done in the new Office 12 UI. Type 1: Keyboard Shortcuts Let’s start with the simplest and most direct form of keyboard access: keyboard shortcuts.  Keyboard shortcuts are single key combinations that perform a command.  Some of the most well-known shortcuts in Office are…

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