Keyboard Shortcut Usage: The Roles of Social Factors and Computer Experience Academic Article uri icon


  • Previous research (Lane, Napier, Peres, & S├índor, in press) has shown that despite the fact that it typically takes half as much time to issue a command to a computer application using that command's keyboard shortcut, most people issue a particular command by clicking an icon on a toolbar or by selecting the command from a pull-down menu. This study examined reasons why that might be the case with a web survey that focused on demographic characteristics of people who do and do not use keyboard shortcuts, as well as social factors of computer use that might influence use of keyboard shortcuts. Participants' shortcut usage was influenced by social factors, such as working in an environment with other shortcut users and experiential factors, primarily the hours spent using a computer per week.

author list (cited authors)

  • Peres, S. C., Tamborello, F. P., Fleetwood, M. D., Chung, P., & Paige-Smith, D. L.

publication date

  • January 1, 2004 11:11 AM