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Keys!

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#1
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us
keys-10b2.sit (11.23 KB)
For System 6.x - System 7.0 - 7.6
#2
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us
keys-10b5.sit (12.63 KB)
For System 6.x - System 7.0 - 7.6
Emulation
This app works with: Basilisk II, Mini vMac

Keys! is a Control Panel/System Extension that adds Command key shortcuts to dialog items in Modal Dialog Boxes (buttons, radio buttons, and check boxes). It underlines a letter (generally the first one, as far as possible) of the name of each button or check box; if you hold down the Command key and type that letter, it will be as if you had clicked on the button.

Excerpt: from enclosed "About Keys!" Read Me doc.

Users of this software would have been for example, touch typists and coders. People who used mainly the keyboard as an input tool and didn't need the distraction of having to reach for a mouse just to dismiss a dialog window.

Note: There are missing versions of this software that could be added to this page if located. Those missing that I know of are versions 1.0b1, 1.0b3 and 1.0b4. There may be others, but information on this author is scant. Keys! author Stefan Kurth, is a German national. There may be copies of his software on German Mac magazine CD and floppy disk compilations. The two we have here were sourced from the UK based Macintosh magazine, MacFormat. Their inclusion of this software stopped at version 1.0b5 (current 2nd DL above).

See Also: YesNoCancel

Compatibility
Architecture: 68k

Version 1.0b2 runs on System Software 6.x - 7.x
Version 1.0b5 requires System Software 7.0 and later.

Keys! only works with modal dialog boxes that are implemented in the standard Macintosh ToolBox way (those that use the _ModalDialog trap). A few programs implement their dialog boxes with disregard to ToolBox routines, for example MS Word and QuarkXPress. In these programs no underlined letters will appear (and the shortcuts won't work) but otherwise there is no other issues with them.

Untested by this archivist as to whether Keys! runs on Mac OS's later than 7.5.5 or SheepShaver. It runs OK on Basilisk II, Mini vMac and Mini vMac II.