Yay! I made it to 10!
What’s that… 50 minutes of video. Not bad.
Today, let’s talk about something that you may, or may not, have noticed.
I’m on a Mac. And if you familiar with Mac’s you may be asking: “Where is the dock?” and “How is he switching apps without anything showing on the screen?”
Maybe you aren’t. And that’s OK too.
But I do try to use the keyboard as much as possible. Otherwise, the constant reaching for the mouse takes its toll on my arms and wrists. Plus, I find that with a little learning you can be a lot more efficient.
- I hide the dock.
- I could then Cmd-Tab to switch apps. That’s still possible.
- But I learned about “Hyper Keys” once. A hyper key is where you map an unused key – normally caps-lock to some unused modifier key combination – usually Cmd-Alt-Ctrl-Shift. And then you can “Hyper-<something>” and build up a set of new shortcuts. This was cool for a while.
- Then I got a StreamDeck and used that to switch apps. That was fun.
- THEN, I found a cheap, simple app called rcmd.
rcmd kinda maps your right Cmd key to a sort-of hyper key
and then allows you to use it for switching applications. rcmd has a simple interface, and tries to work automatically. I’ve set it for things like
- rcmd-V opens VS Code
- rcmd-P opens PHPStorm
- rcmd-A opens Arc – a web browser
- rcmd-C opens Chrome
- rcmd-I opens iTerm – my terminal.
Now, after a bit of learning, I can switch around quickly and easily.
See? I LOVE this way of working!