Knowing keyboard shortcuts makes things lot easier and faster, while working on your computer. But unless you are a keyboard junkie, it’s not an easy task learning oh-so- many keyboard shortcuts! There are Windows Vista Keyboard Shortcuts, Windows 7 Keyboard Shortcuts, Windows 8 Keyboard Shortcuts, Microsoft Office Keyboard Shortcuts and more.
But wouldn’t it be great if there was a program that would tell you a keyboard shortcut for an action you had just performed, via a small notification? This would make it a lot easier for you to remember, as you would be able to associate a just concluded action with the tip. Moreover, I am sure you will agree that it is lot easier to learn such thing, one at a time, rather than just trying to go through the entire list and trying to remember them all.
KeyRocket is a program that does exactly that! It observes your actions and every time you use the mouse for an action, it checks if there is a corresponding keyboard shortcut for it – and if there is, it shows the keyboard shortcut in the notification area, by way of a balloon notification. In short, while you work, KeyRocket suggests useful shortcuts in a small notification window based on your mouse clicks and movements.
Let us say, you create a new folder using your mouse > right-click > New > Folder action. As soon as you create it, you will see a notification tell you that there is also a keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Shift+N that would perform the same action of creating a new folder.
If you Bold some text with the mouse, KeyRocket will notice and suggest Ctrl+B in a small notification window.
This way every such mouse action which has a corresponding keyboard shortcut will be displayed here – making it much easier for you to learn the shortcuts – one at a time. Once you learn a keyboard shortcuts, you can set it to NOT notify you.
And when you apply or use the newly-learnt keyboard shortcut, instead of the mouse, you will get to see a “Hooray – You just learned a shortcut” balloon!
The program offers tips for over 1600 keyboard shortcuts for Windows Explorer, Microsoft Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook keyboard shortcuts. It supports Windows 7, Vista & XP and Office 2003 to 2013. Although it worked just fine on my Windows 8, I am waiting for the publishers to release the next update, which will include Windows 8 keyboard shortcuts too.
With Windows 8 around the corner, it might make a lot of sense trying to learn the shortcuts as it would make navigating Windows 8 a lot faster and easier.