Not Enough Hotkeys? The Secret Art of Palm-Pressing
Wishing you had a way to get more keys in-game? I had a tough time managing key binds over the years. Eventually I developed a method I like to call
. Through this technique, I am able to multiply the amount of buttons my fingers push. Interested?
A Word on Keyboard Etiquette
I recommend using a keyboard rest or an ergonomic keyboard wherever possible. Of course, when playing games for any length of time the bottom of my wrist begins to fall onto the keyboard rest. This is against etiquette, but with proper moderation and a good ergonomic keyboard, little harm ensues.
Onto the Palm Press!
As the name implies, it involves using a part of the hand most people probably don't use on a regular basis, at least not for typing. As a conventional typist, I often have my fingers on the
keys, the home row for the left hand. I recommend keeping wrists off of the table or keyboard when typing.
The most efficient use of the palm press which I have found is the "Control" key, located on the lower-left hand side of a standard US keyboard. This key is pushable by the side of one's hand as shown in the image to the left. Majority of pressure on the key comes from the pinkie finger's knuckle. When not in use, one can use the wrist as a pivot back onto the keyboard rest.
Doubling the Available Keys
We have just doubled our available keys by holding down the CTRL button with our palm. For me, I can hold down the CTRL key while I push
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, q, w, e, r, t, a, s, d, f, c, v, b.
And, if I try I'm able to also push
6, z, g,
. For a total of forty-five keys using just CTRL. Not bad at all in my book.
Even More Keys
Remember the SHIFT and ALT keys? Using the palm and pinkie approach, I can hold down CTRL + SHIFT and push all of the same above keys, effectively tripling the amount of keys available to me. But wait, that's not all! I can also use CTRL + ALT and gain even more keys. Combine that with SHIFT and ALT separately and that's one heck of a combination of keys--about a hundred combinations!
So there you have it, the secret palm press jutsu.
Do you have any special tips or tricks to share?
Note: Inspired by Veneretio the Clicker™.
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