My last post about Wayne Connect dealt with ways to use the powerful search engine capabilities to find anything anyone has ever sent you (or that you have ever sent to anyone else). This week’s post will deal with how to do things quickly.
There’s a variety of ways that people interact with their computers. Some are more mousy, others are more fingery. I tend to do a lot with the keyboard, reaching for the mouse only occasionally. Consequently, I really like keyboard shortcuts to do stuff. And Connect has lots of these, and they’re mostly very fast.
The keyboard shortcut I use the most is for moving messages to mailboxes. I keep a lot of my mail in mailboxes (it’s an old habit–in some senses you don’t need to do this if you are good at thinking of clever ways to search for things). For example, I set up a mailbox for every course I’m teaching, and put all correspondence with students about that course in there. Similarly, I subscribe to several linguistics listservs, and put any messages I want to keep in the relevant mailbox.
When the message is open on the screen you can go to the ‘Move’ icon:
Click it, then click on the relevant mailbox in the little box that pops up. If you have lots of mailboxes you’ll have to scroll down, which, of course, means lots of mousework. However, you can also type ‘m’, then the first letter or two of the relevant mailbox, which will probably highlight the one you want (if not, you’ll have to type more letters or move the cursor either with the mouse or with the arrows). For example, if I type m, ph, I get this:
Other keyboard shortcuts that I use include ‘f’ for ‘forward’, ‘n’ to bring up a new message and one that I never remember, but would otherwise be pretty handy–switch between mail, calendar and address book with ‘g’ followed by ‘m’ for mail, ‘a’ for address book (contacts) and ‘c’ for calendar.
All of these shortcuts are listed on the ‘Preferences’ page. Click ‘preferences’, then ‘shortcuts’ on the menu on the left side.
My next blog on this topic will deal with filters and personas.