Keyboards, Mice, and Trackpads – It’s the little things.

Keyboard properties:

Keyboards are the most important tool of some one who works with computers, it’s my primary way of input into the system. Which is why I’m very picky about it. The physical keyboard structure/layout itself is important, but so is the software side of things too; and it’s these little things that can drive me mad.

So here’s my preferred settings on the keyboard properties:

Do the following:

<Win> + <R> → “control keyboard” → <Enter>

Then adjust the following settings:

Repeat delay: Short
Repeat rate: Fast

The blink rate should be around 3/4, but never the fastest as that gets distracting very quickly.

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For my mechanical keyboard it also doesn’t have a right context menu key, so I fixed this with an AutoHotkey script this mimics the functionality of it by replacing the right Ctrl key with it instead. The script runs at startup, and has become muscle memory to me now. I also have other AutoHotkey scripts or keyboards that don’t have media keys.

I’ll probably get around to finding a better keyboard at some point, as I tend to have far too many shortcuts for specific tasks I use every day. There are a lot of dealer breakers out there though for me.

Mouse Trackpad Properties:

Although I really dislike using the mouse to do work, there are times I need to for specific tasks. Sometimes the software doesn’t have adequate support for keyboard bindings, sometimes website developers just don’t like people who only use keyboards for browsing. However the trackpad on laptops (at least this one on the ASUS UX303) just make it an entire pain to work with.

Again with some of the basic properties:

<Win> + <R> → “control keyboard” → <Enter>

Cursor shadow: Enabled

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That’s about as much as I can say about trackpads, as laptop seem to come with their very own software/firmware which they never get right. Well they did (Looking at the classic Think Pads, or even the Macbook Pros), but then they redesign them and it’s a true deal breaker.

This guy understands the frustration for professionals who use computers as tools to get work done.