Here is the first of a series of Guides which are intended to accelerate your workflow when navigating OS X. Although they are not Logic specific, any Logic user will benefit from knowing how to navigate without a mouse in OS X and quickly find your way through the Finder, your Applications, Folders and Files.
For this Part I, we'll learn how to use shortcuts to work on the Desktop. Click on the desktop to make the Finder active.
Hide all other applications: Option-Command-H
Select a file or folder located on the Desktop: Type in the first few letters of the name
Select an adjacent file or folder: Up, Down, Left and Right arrows
Toggle Selected Document Name Edit: Return / Enter
Get Info: Command-I
Get Info in floating window: Command-Option-I
Trash the selected file or folder: Command-Delete
Force-empty the trash: Option-Command-Shift-Delete
Open a selected folder or file: Command-Down Arrow
Launch a selected application: Command-Down Arrow
Create a new empty folder: Command-Shift-N
So next time you want to clean up your Desktop, I want to see you selecting files, opening them or viewing their info window to verify what they are, rename them, decide which to trash, trash them, and empty your trash all without even thinking of touching your mouse. Actually, you want to have fun? Unplug your mouse and see how much you can achieve, and how much faster you can manage your files and folders!
OK you can go ahead and plug your mouse back in. But keep those shortcuts in mind. Today, I saved you a few hours of your life and a lot of strain on your arm and wrist. Being lazy has its rewards!
In Part II
we'll take this concept a little further and learn how to navigate a Finder Window. Meanwhile, keep up the good music.