I like to use keyboard shortcuts for just about anything I can. It confuses my wife a little when she watches me on the computer (she says I’m Computer ADHD) but for me it gets the job done quicker and with less effort. What else would you expect from a programmer?
There are times, though, when my hands aren’t on the keyboard. If I’m scrolling through a document, for example, I’m probably using the mouse wheel. For such occasions, performing a keyboard shortcut would actually be more work since I would first have to move to the keyboard. If only I had a mouse shortcut! That would certainly be the lazy – I mean efficient – way to go. Well, there are mouse shortcuts and now I can use them for any program or window I have open.
I became acquainted with mouse gestures through the Opera browser which introduced them in version 5.10 (April 2001). I think I used mouse gestures more than keyboard shortcuts back then. They were a big part of what kept me using Opera. Today, other browsers have extensions which give you the same functionality but why restrict these wonderful time savers to just web browsers? I want to use them in my editor, email, audio player, everything!