Brent was watching me fly through some FinalBuilder operations the other day and he suggested I write a blog post about the best keyboard shortcuts to use.
Even as a power user/developer, you can sometimes use a tool every day and not know the best keyboard shortcuts for it. I only learned many of the keyboard shortcuts for Visual Studio after I attended a special session at TechEd last year.
I don't want to drown you in information here, so I'm going to list four shortcuts that are essential to know, and another four that are very useful.
If you own a keyboard and use FinalBuilder or Automise, the following keyboard shortcuts are essential. They will improve your productivity ten-fold!
||Main IDE Window
Focus the Actions filter field to search for a new action.
If the filter field is already focused, this keystroke hides the Actions sidebar instead.*
||Indent the selected action(s) as new children of the action above them.
||Outdent the select action(s) relative to their parent action
||Move selected action(s) up and down
In my opinion, using the Ctrl-Arrow keys to rearrange actions is essential (drag and drop is just too fiddly!)
* The "hide sidebar if currently focused" feature is new in FB 6.
The following key combinations are very useful when you are typing in a text field while editing an action:
||Define a new variable on-the-fly.
||Pop up an advanced edit dialog with lists of variables, PropertySets, etc.
||Pop up a list of suggested variable replacements.
||Automatic completion for variable and PropertySet names.
For FB 6, we also did a lot of work on the Tabbing behaviour in the IDE. You should be able to use Tab to navigate the main IDE elements very easily.